At EYP sessions, students get to research, discuss and debate topics of contemporary nature. The topics range from immigration to climate change and from economic crises to agricultural policies.

Furthermore, the EYP has a significant effect on the personal development of its members. The EYP experience enhances a variety of skills, such as skills in public speaking, teamwork and leadership. For many successful EYPers, the key motivation to take part in EYP is to challenge themselves and thus develop further.

EYP alumni mostly study politics, international relations, law and economics. Several former EYP alumni are now working for political groups, non-governmental organisations and international consulting groups.

The students learn how to communicate in foreign languages (and face it, language education in schools cannot rival the experience of truly having to talk to somebody from another country), and they find out, that there is more to English and French (and all the other languages in the world) that they learn at home. Students learn to understand different languages and their accents and are thus better prepared to communicate in a different language, since they only hear standard-english or standard-french (or italian, russian, etc.) in schools. After ten days of communicating in English with Greeks, Finns, Belarussians and Scots, students know, that most people in Europe speak English, but than almost none of them speak as their language tapes in school do.

Communication means more than languages. To communicate properly means to learn how to listen, how to take on an argument, how to present statements and how to debate. Students at an EYP session learn, that interrupting people makes work harder, and that the best way to finish a job is to stick to a strict debating culture, which is not based upon raising hands and authority, but upon shared values, equality and co-operation.

To co-operate means to be able to work with people. EYP promotes the ability in young people to become part of a group aiming at the same goal. Students learn how to put their differences aside for the benefit of others, of all and of the group and the project they are working on (whether it is writing a resolution, finishing a newspaper or preparing for a presentation).

Students at EYP sessions come from all over Europe. And only at the sessions do they discover, that sometimes opinions, which are widespread in their home countries and which seem obvious to them, are not as spread and obvious in other countries. Students from Austria discover that many young people in Europe are in favour of nuclear energy. And this is what makes EYP interesting. The students learn, that in order to work together, they have to step aside at some points and learn how to compromise, whether it is when dealing with nuclear power, debating whale-hunting with Norwegians or over-fishing with delegates from Spain.

Making friends
Probably the most important part of EYP is making friends, making new friends from all over Europe. After EYP, the map of Europe (or sometimes even the world) is not only a geographical object. It is an address book of new friends made in a foreign city.

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