Archiv für das Tag 'Rotaract'

Jun 04 2015

Anreise zur Rotary Convention 2015 in Sao Paulo

Autor: . Abgelegt unter Aha,Deutsch

Beim Anflug nach Sao Paulo gleicht die Stadt noch einem nächtlichen Lichtermeer, doch schon auf dem Weg vom Flughafen zum Hotel geht die Sonne auf. In Brasilien ist es aktuell Herbst und es geht auf den Winter zu. Deshalb liegen die Temperaturen zwischen 15 und 25 Grad Celsius.

Sao Paulo Free Walking Tour

We took the Sao Paulo Free Walking Tour

Nach einem kurzen Stopp im Hotel, um uns frischzumachen, brechen wir gleich wieder zu einer Walking Tour durch die Altstadt von Sao Paulo auf. In einem 4-stündigen Spaziergang kommen wir an den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten dieser beeindruckenden brasilianischen Metropole vorbei. Wir gehen zum Ursprungspunkt der Stadt, wo einst Jesuiten ihre erste Mission errichteten, und zu den drei höchsten Gebäuden; wir kämpfen uns durch den Verkehr und bewundern Kathedralen; wir erleben die verschiedenen Facetten einer Stadt mit viel Reichtum und viel Armut.

 

A Pedestrian crossing in Sao Paulo

Walking Through Sao Paulo

Streets of Sao Paulo

View into the streets of the valley in the middle of the city

View of the park and the skyscrapers

View of the park and the skyscrapers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am späten Nachmittag findet dann das Leaders‘ Meeting der Preconvention statt. Alle Rotaracter, die Workshops leiten, Diskussionen moderieren oder sich sonst engagieren, werden mit ihren Aufgaben vertraut gemacht und treffen sich gegenseitig. Die meisten von uns kommen aus Lateinamerika, einige aus den USA und wir sind immerhin zu dritt aus Deutschland. Wir sprechen das Programm durch und stellen uns vor: die Stimmung wird von der Vorfreude auf eine tolle Konferenz geprägt. Nach dem Check-In geht es jetzt noch zur Welcome-Party. Dort werden die ersten Kontakte geknüpft und alte Freundschaften aufgegriffen. Das Convention-Fieber hat uns wieder. Sao Paulo verspricht, großartig zu werden.

Rotaractors and Rotarians

Rotaract leaders an Rotary staff

Meeting Rotary logos on the street - End Polio Now

Meeting Rotarians everywhere – the same ideals bring us together

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Dez 14 2014

Meeting like diplomats in the Board Room

Autor: . Abgelegt unter English,Well, you know

Sometimes we get the chance to get a glimpse of what the world is like in those areas where the big decisions are made. During this Rotarian year 2014/15, I have the great honor to serve on the Rotaract/Interact-Committee of Rotary International. It comprises 11 people from around the world and in order to discuss our different points more effectively, we had one meeting in person where we all came to the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, USA.

The meeting took place on the highest floor of the building (floor 18) in the „Board Room“. It’s a large room where you find in the middle a table in the shape of an elliptical ring. In the middle of the ring, there are huge screens where the presentation slides are shown. In front of your seat, you find a small microphone. It may be helpful for people who speak very low, but it is crucial for the interpreters. On one side of the room, there are several booths for the interpreter. They can see into the room without being seen themselves and they will only hear what you say when the microphone is switched on.
It is fascinating how well the discussion worked being effectively held in 3 languages: English, Japanese and Spanish.

As participants, we came from 5 different continents, all different walks of life and with different backgrounds. It was fascinating to see how well we could work on all the topics and discuss our different viewpoints – always in an atmosphere trying to find a consensus.
In the future, I will certainly look differently at pictures from diplomatic meetings – having experienced what it feels like to work in such a setting.

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Dez 10 2014

Go West!

Autor: . Abgelegt unter Allgemein,English,Well, you know

Wintermarkt at Munich airport
Once again, I’m off to the US. It’s my first meeting with the Rotaract-Interact Committee and we have plenty of very interesting topics. So my first destination is Chicago and more precisely Evanston, the headquarters of Rotary International.
Afterwards, I have the chance to go back to Detroit and see my families. Great times ahead!

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Mai 29 2014

Welcome Party

Autor: . Abgelegt unter Aha,Allgemein,English,Well, you know

Janek, Laura, Flo, Mel

Janek, Laura, Flo, Mel

We had the Welcome-Party to kick off the Pre-Convention. After having met with all other facilitators of the workshops, we have then gathered at the Star Bar to celebrate the Convention spirit. It was great meeting so many happy and enthused Rotaractors, literally from around the world.

Rotaract is connecting people across countries and continents. We can experience this here in Sydney. Besides, it’s so easy and it’s fun.

I’ve been asked in an interview today, if every young person should join Rotaract. I just answered „yes!“. I also explained it, even though you can’t really explain it. You have to experience it!

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Mai 29 2014

Planting activity at Wanda Beach

Autor: . Abgelegt unter Aha,Allgemein,English,Well, you know

Planting at Wanda Beach

In order to do a social project, we were about 15 Rotaractors to go to Wanda Beach south of Sydney to help a planting project. Local volunteers are working to replant a huge stretch of the coast in a project which is estimated to take until 2020. The goal is to stabilize the beach and to help preserve the landscape.

We then took gloves, shovels, spades and the plants and set about on the dunes. It was much easier opening the ground for the plants and putting in the little plants than it had been planting trees in Germany. Isn’t it great that we got to do a social activity which is in line with our Bundessozialaktion (buso.rotaract.de)?

Rotary has made a short film about the planting acivity and I’m happy to see that my words fit to the occasion: http://vimeo.com/96971768

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