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International Summer School 2018

19 July 2018 @ 18:00 - 24 July 2018 @ 12:00




break every chain

how to combat human trafficking


Please find the provisional program and all technical details below!



There are an estimated around 21 million people trapped in some form of slavery nowadays. It’s sometimes called “modern-day slavery” and sometimes “human trafficking.” At all times it is slavery at its core. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution, the child illegally adopted, the woman working as domestic servant, to the man – ”donator” of his organs. Regardless of age and gender all trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom and sense of dignity.

On the contrary we read in the Bible: ”For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm  therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”(Galatians 5:1). Therefore, how to accommodate these contradictions? How to transform written word into reality and bring freedom back? And finally how Christian youth can effectively fight against human trafficking and be heard in public debate? Questions to be answered at the Summer School 2018.

Together with the Foundation Young Republic of Poland, ECPYouth is glad to announce that the registration for the International Summer School 2018 (ISS 2018) is now open. Please find the registration form below. The ISS 2018 will take place in Wrocław, Poland from Thursday 19th until Tuesday 24th July 2018.

The ISS 2018 will especially focus on developing and implementing long-term strategies regarding prevention and fight against modern-day slavery. It will also provide workshops and discussions with international guests. The ISS 2018 offers you a new perspective on concept of Christian leadership, which not only includes a certain knowledge of politics and society, but a strong spirit, an inner conviction and an awareness of the main Christian values.

During the program, you will be faced with questions on how you can relate yourself to human trafficking. We will ask ourselves about the role of politics, NGOs as well as of the church in this important topic. Discussing and visiting new places and cultures will open up your horizon to rethink your point of view. It will be a great opportunity to meet young Christian professionals from all over Europe and get insight into Polish politics.

Who can participate?

We welcome youth and young professionals (18-35 years old) from European countries* interested in issues related to political engagement and public affairs as well as those that are interested in learning more practical skills about political activism. *We consider countries that are Member of the Council of Europe as European. Also applicants from Belarus are welcome to apply.


Participation fee

The participation fee depends on the part of Europe you come from.

  • 120 euros for participants from Western Europe
  • 80 euros for participants from Eastern Europe
  • 50 euros for local participants

All participation fees are excluding travel costs and are to be paid in advance. Food and accomodation is included in the fee. Please note that for local participants from Wroclaw, no accomodation is provided as we assume that you can stay somewhere in the city. In case you still would like to make use of accomodation of ECPYouth, please contact us. In case you cancel your participation after the deadline for registration (see below), we ask you to pay 80% of the original fee. Please contact General Secretary Floris Wagenaar (secretary@ecpyouth.eu) if you have any questions.


Wroclaw, Poland

Wrocław is the fourth most populous city of Poland and the capital of Lower Silesia. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Located by the Odra river at the foot of the Sudety Mountains Wrocław is a unique city of 12 islands and over 100 bridges. Rich and turbulent history of the city is visible in its architecture and ambience.


Programme (provisional)


Thursday 19 July 2018

Dress code: smart casual

15.00 – 17.00 Arrival and registration at the PURO Hotel (Pawła Włodkowica 6)

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner at the AC Marriott Hotel (Plac Wolności 10), with Mr Kazimierz Ujazdowski, Member of the European Parliament

20.00 – 20.15 Welcome by Ardjan Boersma, Board Member of ECPYouth

20.15 – 20.30 Meeting with Maciej Syka and team, producers of “Outcasts. Szare Anioły”, a film about human dignity

20.30 – 22.30 “Outcasts. Szare Anioły”


Friday 20 July 2018

Dress code: formal

08.30 – 09.30 Breakfast at the PURO Hotel

09.30 – 10.00 Transfer to the office of the MRP Foundation

10.00 – 11.30 Lecture ‘Trafficking in Human Beings in Poland’ by the Polish Police, Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30 Lecture ‘Contemporary slavery’ by Madeleine Sundell, Salvation Army

14.00 – 15.30 Lunch at ‘Lepione’ Buffet (Kuźnicza 42)

15.30 – 17.00 Workshop by the LaStrada Foundation

18.30 – 20.00 Dinner at the ‘Stary Klasztor’ restaurant (Jana Ewangelisty Purkyniego 1)

20.00 – 22.00 City tour in the city centre (optional)


Saturday 21 July 2018

Dress code: formal

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast at the PURO Hotel

09.00 – 09.30 Transfer to the at the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Wrocław (Katedralna 4)

09.30 – 11.30 General Assembly ECPYouth (formal part)

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 14.00 General Assembly ECPYouth (election Board Members, resolutions).

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch at the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Wrocław

15.00 – 17.30 General Assembly ECPYouth (brainstorm session for new annual campaign for ECPYouth)

17.30 – 20.00 Dinner at Cathedral Island

20.00 – 21.00 Taizé Prayer


Sunday 22 July 2018

Dress code: casual

08.30 – 09.00 Breakfast at the PURO Hotel

09.00 – 13.00 Church service

13.30 – 14.30 Transfer to Ruda Sułowska

14.30 – 15.30 Lunch at Hotel Naturum

15.30 – 17.00 Recreation at the countryside (canoeing, hiking, cycling)

19.00 – 23.00 Campfire, worship, BBQ


Monday 23 July 2018

Dress code: formal

08.30 – 09.30 Breakfast at the PURO Hotel

09.30 – 10.00 Transfer to the Qubus Hotel (Świętej Marii Magdaleny 2)

10.00 – 11.30 Lecture ‘Combatting Human Trafficking. International Perspective’ by TBD at the Qubus Hotel

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.30 – 13.00 Flash mob in the city centre

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch at ‘Lepione’ Buffet (Kuźnicza 42)

14.30 – 16.00 Workshop ‘Lobbying for Human Dignity at an International Level’ by Henk Jan van Schothorst, Transatlantic Christian Council and Reformed Political Party, at the Qubus Hotel

16.30 – 17.30 Political Café and meeting with politicians at A. Blikle cafetaria (Rynek 2) (optional)

17.30 – 19.00 Free time

19.00 – 19.30 Transfer by an antique tram to Centennial Hall

19.30 – 23.00 Gala dinner at the Pergola

21.30 – 22.00 The Fountain Show at the Pergola


Tuesday 24 July 2018

Dress code: casual

08.30 – 10.00 Breakfast at the hotel

10.00 – 12.00 Departure





It is your responsibility to find out if you need a visa to be allowed entry into Poland. Please contact Floris Wagenaar (ECPYouth General Secretary), secretary@ecpyouth.eu for assistance in the visa application process.



The accommodation will be provided by ECPYouth at the PURO Hotel in Wroclaw from Thursday 19 July 2018 with checkout on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

PURO Hotel Wrocław Stare Miasto
Pawła Włodkowica 6, 50-072 Wrocław
tel: +48 71 772 51 00 www.purohotel.pl    


Arrival and departure

There will not be a pick-up or departure service for participants to or from the airport.
You can fly into Wroclaw Airport, Warsaw Airport or Katowice Aiport. From Wroclaw Aiport, take an Uber-taxi, normal taxi or the MPK, Line 106 from stop ‘Port Lotniczy’ to stop pl. Orląt Lwowskich. If you come by the train – from the main station (Dworzec Główny) you can go to the hotel using the bus line K to the stop Świdnicka. From Warsaw Airport and Katowice Airport, take the train to Wroclaw and the bus to the hotel.

Please provide an estimated time of arrival and departure in the registration form, this will ensure that the accommodation and meals is ready for you upon arrival. Check in on Thursday 19 July from 12:00 CET, and check out on Tuesday 24 July before 10:00 CET. Luggage storage is available upon request.


Extra days

If you wish to extend your stay in Wroclaw, please contact Floris Wagenaar, secretary@ecpyouth.eu. He will try help you to book extra nights at the hotel. An alternative is to look for cheaper options on www.booking.com. If you stay additional days, in any case these costs will not be covered by ECPYouth.


Local transportation

The organisers will coordinate transportation during the conference.


Church service

On Sunday 21 July, in the morning there are three options to go to a church service. There will go a group to each of these services. Every group will be accompanied by one of the organisers.



The climate in Lower Silesia, the region where Wroclaw is located, is really good. We do not expect chilly temperatures nor heavy rains. Light showers might take place, so it might be good idea to take an umbrella. Since it’s summer, high temperatures and a lot of sun will appear – you should keep it in mind and protect yourself (using for example headwear or sunscreen).


Dress code

The dress code during the conference will differ. Please bring a formal outfit with you as there may be formal events at the conference, like the General Assembly. For the Gala dinner on Monday evening, you are welcome to wear black tie (men) or a smart long dress (women). Also bring some suitable clothing and shoes for the sports activities on Sunday.


Food and diets

Please note that dietary needs can be met, if, and only if, the organisers are made aware of these restrictions at the time of registration. The organisers will do their best to facilitate additional dietary needs on arrival, but cannot make any guarantees if the needs are not made known prior to the start of the conference.


Food will be prepared according to the preferences chosen in the application form.
All meals plus drinks and snacks during the program will be provided. Extra drinks or food at social events or outside the program will be at your own cost.


Packing list

Towels and shower items are supplied at the hotel. If you need hairdryer please feel free to bring it with you.


Final notes

Please make sure you bring a copy of your passport with you, which you should present it to the organizers during the registration.

If you arrive at the airport don’t forget to take a map of the city from the information desk.


Registration + deadline

Deadline for application was 8 July 2018. Please send an email to Floris Wageneaar if you still are interested to participate in the program.


19 July 2018 @ 18:00
24 July 2018 @ 12:00


Wroclaw, Poland + Google Map