Voices of the Members: Felix Kreis

SCC consists of more than just the Members of our Board. Our engaged members are an equally integral part of the association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as.

What is your name?
Felix Kreis

Where do you volunteer?
Young European Federalists (Konstanz)

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I became familiar with the association in 2017 at the beginning of my studies. Since then, I was an active member and later a board member with the special task to organize a joint-seminar together with the Austrian section of this organization. Currently, it is difficult to participate because of my Erasmus-stay in Great Britain where it has almost no local sections.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
The Young European Federalists are a political youth organisation, that is active and organized in local sections all over Europe The main goal is to promote the European Integration through a strengthened and further democratized European Union.  One local project of the local section in Konstanz is the “Bodenseeseminar” (Lake Constanze-seminar) with yearly changing topics that connect participants from countries around the lake and further, while providing them with skills and knowledge to help the European Integration gain momentum.

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I think the European Project is crucial to ensure a secure, wealth-entailing and progressive life for all Europeans. The EU could become an influential humanitarian, peace-fostering global actor. But we need informed and committed citizens to fulfill this comprehensive promise. This can be best achieved through small local grassroot movements, who encourage people to think about the EU and what it could become. Besides that, it is great fun to discuss and work with many people who want to achieve the same goals, but often in another way.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
Start volunteering! It is a good way to make new friends and develop your skills! And besides, you will change the world a little.



Interested in the Young Europeans Federalist (JEF) in Konstanz?
Check out their webpage (in German only): https://www.jef-bw.de/konstanz/
Be up-to-date with their facebook page (in German only): https://www.facebook.com/jef.konstanz

Voices of the Members: Irem Aytac

SCC consists of more than just the Members of our Board. Our engaged members are an equally integral part of the association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as.

What is your name?
Irem Aytac

Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer in this association, Students Connecting Cultures.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
Since the establishment of SCC. I was one of the project managers in its initial year. In the first General Assembly, I chose to be an active member due to my tight schedule in school.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
SCC is a supportive organization for cultural and academic exchanges, composed of university students. The association aims to create new exchange projects, to provide an atmosphere for international students to share knowledge and experiences in life. I think the most important aim, for now, is ensuring the sustainability of the IstKon project, which is the starting point of SCC and a base for all possible exchanges.

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
When I participated in IstKon2018, I was curious, because I have never been to a project like that. In the end, I felt capable of using my knowledge from lectures and articles. I could apply theoretical knowledge to practical cases. This was the biggest motivation I had when I decided to be a founding member of the SCC. Additionally, it is always nice to meet people from different cultures. When I combined these two, I said, that I want all students to discover this amazing combination and this association may help them do so.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
It is perfectly normal to hesitate about your knowledge or your linguistic capabilities in that kind of project or organization, but in order to overcome your concerns, you need to step in. When you do that, you will see that IstKon and SCC exist to make you aware of your capabilities, exist to support you, to teach you, but more of a learning experience from you. 

Voices of the Members: Philipp Hausmann

SCC consists of more than just the Members of our Board. Our engaged members are an equally integral part of the association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as.

What is your name?
Philipp Hausmann

Where do you volunteer?
Apart from IstKon, I’m currently volunteering the most in the ‘Young Europeans Federalist (JEF)’ in Konstanz and the ‘Jusos’, the youth organization of the ‘Social Democratic Party of Germany’.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I’ve been involved in the Young Europeans as well as the Jusos since I began my studies in October 2018. Currently, I’m the district chairman of the JEF Konstanz and deputy chairman of the Jusos in Konstanz.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
Both organizations are committed to a just, free and strong Europe. The Jusos are committed to this at the national level, the JEF at the European level. Therefore both organizations are organizing discussions, presentations, election campaigns and educational trips to various European cities, e.g. to Brussels or Berlin.

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I’m a volunteer in both organizations because I want to be active in our daily politics. Political participation is an important cornerstone of democracy in one country. Because of issues such as education and social justice, freedom, and peace, I joined the ‘Social Democratic Party’. In addition, the struggle for the future of the European Union has been a concern for my engagement in the ‘Young Europeans’.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
Get involved as much as possible! At a party, a political organization or something else. During your studies, you have the best opportunity for your engagement and you will gain important skills that will help you in your future career.


Interested in the Young Europeans Federalist (JEF) in Konstanz?
Check out their webpage (in German only): https://www.jef-bw.de/konstanz/
Be up-to-date with their facebook page (in German only): https://www.facebook.com/jef.konstanz


Interested in the youth organization (Jusos) of the ‘Social Democratic Party of Germany’ in Konstanz?
Check out their webpage (in German only): https://www.jusoskn.de/
Be up-to-date with their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JusosKonstanz
Or keep yourself informed with their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jusos_konstanz/

Voices of the Members: Sena Adikutlu

SCC consists of more than just the Members of our Board. Our engaged members are an equally integral part of the association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as.

What is your name?
Sena Adikutlu

Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer in the IstKon Student Exchange as an organizer.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I’ve been volunteering at IstKon since 2018 and currently am in the IstKon Core Team as the Head of Culture on the Istanbul-side.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
IstKon is an academic and cultural exchange organization, which was founded by a group of students from Marmara University in Istanbul and from the University of Konstanz. It is fully organized by students, has nine days of a yearly conference and financial support provided through sponsors. The main aim of the program is to provide cultural exchange and to support social science students academically.

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I have participated in many conferences, seminars and workshops to improve myself, have taken part in many student clubs and worked as a volunteer in some organizations. At the beginning, IstKon was also one of these “self-improvement” tools for me, but today I see, that IstKon means more to me than an ordinary tool.  Because all the results of addition equal one in Istkon. Two plus two equals one, ten plus ten equals one, sixty plus sixty equals one. With that I mean, that we are able to become “one” and “same” here, although we are coming from different cultures, different geographies, different languages or different beliefs. That’s why I am still part of this organization and try to do my best here.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
Our perspective can sometimes be quite narrow in some cases, even though we do not notice much in daily life. Because we all use personal windows to look at life. These windows consists of what we have learned so far and the experiences we have gained. So what should we do? Should we keep looking at the increasingly globalized world through our windows which are not wide enough? Of course not! We need to get out of the comfort zone. Right now! And take an action step immediately. How about taking your first step to IstKon to look at life from a new window? 


Interested in this organization?
Check out their webpage: https://istkonexchange.com

Be up-to-date with their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IstKonExchange/

Or keep yourself informed with their instagram:
ttps://www.instagram.com/istkon.exchange/

Voices of the Members: Helena Akst

SCC consists of Members of the Board and members of our association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as (outside of SCC or our projects).

What is your name?
Helena Akst

Where do you volunteer apart from SCC / IstKon?
I volunteer in the Equality Council of the University of Konstanz.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I was representing the students of the University of Konstanz between spring 2018 and autumn 2019.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
The Equality Council is – as the name already suggests – dealing with matters concerning gender equality and diversity in different spheres (teaching, research, etc.).

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I volunteered for the simple reason that our society as well as the University of Konstanz are still shaped by patriarchal structures and norms. Topics related to gender, race, class etc. are discussed too little in teaching and all too rarely reflected upon when it comes to the working conditions and organisational structures in the academic field. I believe that the University of Konstanz can and should do better. It should do more to promote people of color, working class people, women, people who do not fit into the binary constructed notion of gender etc. Being a student representative in the Equality Council is a good possibility to contribute to those efforts and to make the university a better, more inclusive place.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
The knowledge and experience gained from the Equality Council can always also be used to promote a more inclusive organisational culture within other organisations, such as the SCC.


Interested in this organization?
Check out their webpage (in German only): https://www.uni-konstanz.de/universitaet/leitung-organisation-und-verwaltung/gremien-und-ausschuesse/ausschuesse-der-universitaet-konstanz/gleichstellungsrat/

 

Voices of the Members: Samuel Wörz

SCC consists of more than just the Members of our Board. Our engaged members are an equally integral part of the association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as (outside of SCC or our projects).

What is your name?
 Samuel Wörz

Where do you volunteer apart from SCC / IstKon?
Alongside SCC / Istkon I am also a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF) group in Konstanz.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I am a member since November 2018. Right now I am organising an international seminar for the JEF in Konstanz.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
The JEF is a non-partisan youth organisation, advocating for more European integration as well as a better and stronger European Union.
Education and similar youth topics are a focus of the JEF programme alongside simple awareness-raising. An exemplary project would be the European Youth Parliaments. For this, high school students are invited by the JEF to do a mock parliamentary session of the European Parliament.

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I have joined JEF because I believe in the idea of a multicultural & united Europe. The JEF is a possibility for me to discuss and share these ideas with other people, all accompanied by a fair bit of fun socialising.


Interested in this organization?
Check out their webpage (in German only): https://www.jef-bw.de/konstanz/

Be up-to-date with their facebook page (in German only): https://www.facebook.com/jef.konstanz