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ex]change Youth Exchange in Kiev

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The exchange in Kiev was a once in a life time experience. It was my first exchange with JEF,  so I didn’t know what to expect. Sunday When we arrived at the first venue I was surprised. The place looked like one where kids come camping in the summer.The accommodation and the food weren’t that good but the company was really nice. […]

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De Standaard – December 2010 (Nederlands)

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A column by Lorin Parys in De Standaard, one of the biggest quality newspapers of Belgium, written after participating in the speeddating debate of JEF Leuven. During a speeddating debate, participants get the chance to talk with an expert/politician/journalist/… on a certain topic for a short time before switching to another table.

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Monday “Discovery Day”

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Monday the 22th was “Discovery Day”, meaning we got an introduction on the Gender theme, given by Katja, a Phd student from Tajikistan but living and working in Switzerland on Gender. She started by saying that “the more you know and read about gender, the more you will get confused” and so she got my attention right away! So if I recall right, […]

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Defiling statues in Leuven: Free Belarus Action

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Because JEF Leuven wanted to make an early point against the dictatorship in Belarus, we organized our protest action on the 17th of March in the streets of Leuven city. The preparations started back at my place, a remote location close to the docks and across from an abbey. Despite the fact that the building used to be a nunnery, […]

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Europe, tear down this wall!

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The 9th of November JEF Leuven’s first activity took place! We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, together with several of our JEF departments all over Europe! Our goal was not just to reminisce about Eastern Europe’s new found freedom, but also to point out that despite our progress, there are still many visa-restrictions that […]