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Scholarships: JES al Novuloj Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Want to go to a large Esperanto youth gathering in Europe, but can’t afford it? There are various foundations around the world available to help young people attend Esperanto meetings abroad. Today I’d like to highlight a new one which popped up last week called JES al Novuloj. The title is a play on words, because it would literally translate to “YES to newbies.” There is, however, another clear meaning. JES is the abbreviation for the New Year’s meeting called the Junulara E-Semajno (Youth Esperanto Week). This meeting lasts 7 days and is one of the largest Esperanto events for young people, attracting around 250 people from 25 countries every year. This year it takes place near Leipzig, Germany.

impromptu concert at JES

How would you like to spend a few days around New Year in Germany? From my own experience, I can tell you that it’s an exhilarating experience to speak Esperanto with so many international people, so I’m urging you to sign up and give it a try!

If this kind of trip is too expensive for you, see if you meet the fund’s conditions for a scholarship:

  • You’ve never before attended a multi-day Esperanto meeting with more than 100 people.
  • You’re under 30 years old.
  • You can’t afford to attend JES on your own (for example, as a student or unemployed)
  • You’re ready to help the organizers during the event or write articles about JES

If you’re accepted, the scholarship will cover your program fee as well as room and board at the event, so that you only have to pay for the travel (check out the caravans for cheap options). If you’re coming from outside Europe, the foundation will pay an additional 100€ to offset travel costs. This way, the JES becomes affordable for anyone.

If this sounds like it’s for you or someone you know, you can read more details on the official page of JES al Novuloj.

If you’d like to learn more about the event itself, feel free to read these posts from JES from years past:

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About the Author: Chuck Smith

I was born in the US, but Esperanto has led me all over the world. I started teaching myself Esperanto on a whim in 2001, not knowing how it would change my life. The timing couldn’t have been better; around that same time I discovered Wikipedia in it’s very early stages and launched the Esperanto version. When I decided to backpack through Europe, I found Esperanto speakers to host me. These connections led me to the Esperanto Youth Organization in Rotterdam, where I worked for a year, using Esperanto as my primary language. Though in recent years I’ve moved on to other endeavors like iOS development, I remain deeply engrained in the Esperanto community, and love keeping you informed of the latest news. The best thing that came from learning Esperanto has been the opportunity to connect with fellow speakers around the globe, so feel free to join in the conversation with a comment! I am now the founder and CTO of the social app Amikumu.