Two initiatives of sustainable tourism in Spain

Cortijo El Albaricoque and L’Ayalga : two true initiatives of sustainable tourism in Spain

Why sustainable tourism?

Through the Take the Med Junior (TMJ) project, six GAMe students from Centrale Lyon are taking an inventory of many projects about sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean. Within their research, they found some projects that really fulfill the criteria of sustainable tourism, so they decided to promote them. The places are worth being known, that is why we want to communicate about it: people have to change their minds when it comes to tourism, and to privilege sustainable tourism.

What is Cortijo El Albaricoque?

Cortijo El Albaricoque is a little cottage in Andalusia, which enables visitors to discover the local culture in a natural, shining, sustainable and artistic environment. This farm is fully self-sufficient in water and electricity thanks to solar panels, a source of water, a windmill as well as solar water heaters. Furthermore, the owners propose some activities like an initiation to ecology and some walks in a Natural Park close to the house, and produce their own fruits and vegetables. The farm, which can host about 10 people, is situated in the Sierra Alhamilla, not far from Almeria. It is very calm too, and the owners have many ecological skills to teach.

If you want to know more about it, or to book some holidays there, here is the link to the website: http://www.gîtes-andalousie.com

And what about L’Ayalga?

L’Ayalga – Posada Ecológica is a safe place to relax and to be in contact with nature and fresh air in the Asturias, in Spain. Indeed, the owners of this cottage propose an ecological housing, as well as some activities such as tai chi, chi-kung, massages or also walks in Redes Nature Reserve. Everything there is made in full respect of the local environment and population. Thus, the materials used to build the house are healthy and non-polluting – that’s the principle of bio building – and a lot of energy is saved. Furthermore, during your stay there, you are invited to take a gesture of solidarity by donating 1% of the price of your room to one of four charities supported by the owners of L’Ayalga.

If you want to know more about it, or to book some holidays there, here is the link to the website: http://www.terrae.net/layalga/indexI.htm

We would be glad if you could talk about those projects to your relatives, so as to help them. It is time to act and promote sustainable tourism !

ECL Team 2013-2014

 

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TMJ MEETINGS

TMJ Meetings – Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean: Stakes, challenges and solutions

TMJ Placard 

What is TMJ?

TMJ – Take the Med Junior – is part of a project called Take the Med, launched in 2011 by DEFISMED* and joined by different actors such as the RMEI in order to reveal the main initiatives that unit both tourism, innovation and sustainable economic development.

Both institutions and civil companies are involved in Take the Med, through a revolutionary network.

In the medium term, the Take the Med project aims at promoting and developing sustainable tourism around the Mediterranean.

A GAMe project

The RMEI is involved in TMJ via the GAMe network. Indeed, six French students from Centrale Lyon are both members of GAMe and in charge of a part of the TMJ Project. Their primary role in TMJ is to coordinate the different working groups of the project. Furthermore, they are taking an inventory of the main projects about sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean. To do so, they are asking help from GAMe members. That’s indeed easier to look for projects in your own countries rather than in others!

TMJ Meetings

The TMJ Meetings will take place in the school Centrale Lyon, in France, on February 19, 2014. Léo Vincent, president of the RMEI, and Eric Raulet, who coordinates the association DEFISMED, will direct them.

The role of the meetings is to discuss about sustainable tourism nowadays around the Mediterranean, as well as about the perspectives for future. Both French students involved in TMJ and foreign GAMe members will attend the meetings, directly or thanks to a videoconference, and present their different points of view.

Then, a debate will be organized with the leading figures of the conference.

We will present you the conclusions of the meetings in a few weeks, and you will have access to a rebroadcast of them on YouTube !

 ECL Team 2013-2014

*DEFISMED is an association created in 2009 in Nice, France, whose aim is both to develop cultural and scientific exchanges between Mediterranean countries and to reveal them to the public at large, thanks to a cooperative and innovative platform.

JEY – Entrepreneurship for Youth

The association JEY – Entrepreneurship for Youth association should be part of GAMe very soon!

JEY

What is JEY?

JEY – Entrepreneurship for Youth is a student project, started in 2012. Euromed Management, a French Business school located in Marseille, initiated the birth of JEY. It is a Mediterranean network of universities, in which members can develop entrepreneurship skills, talk about their own ideas or exchange about the different entrepreneurial possibilities.  The universities of the network can create common projects together, such as a Mediterranean entrepreneurship contest for students. As GAMe, a national bureau is organizing the activities in each country. This allows the network to be perfectly fit to the environment (culture, economy) of each country.

Social entrepreneurship

JEY also invites young entrepreneurs with little means, so that they are helped by students and get financial support. JEY members believe in social entrepreneurship, they want to help those who do not have the sufficient support to develop their own business. JEY wants to use the strength of  the Mediterranean spirit to unite its members in this common goal.

A future GAMe project

JEY has the support of the RMEI. That is how GAMe and JEY were able to communicate. The GAMe bureau and JEY are currently in talks. JEY knows the efficiency of the GAMe network and wants to be part of it : joining GAMe will most certainly give them access to more knowledge and visibility.

The idea is really to make JEY a GAMe project, while keeping it independent for its own organization. One GAMe student is supposed to join JEY, to link the two networks completely.

 

We’ll let you know when we know more about this future GAMe project.

Elina’s Testimony

With GAMe I suddenly met students from all around the Mediterranean area and it really impressed me to see how welcoming, friendly and trustful the students could be! There are some differences between all of us that it is important to respect (yeah to diversity!) but the pleasure I had to exchange with them shows how good international comprehension can be. I would be very happy to see each of them again one day. It increased my will to work with different nationalities, to travel. From some of them there were invitations to visit them if we travelled in their countries! With some we could meet again and keep in touch. GAMe is a great achievement, as well as a personal chance. My participation in the Michelangelo project and the launch of GAMe helped me to gain self-confidence in what I undertake as actor of my future, yet as a still rather inexperienced young student.

Elina – French member

Jean’s Testimony

Thanks to GAMe, I have deeply understood the international side of our world. It has given a new impetus to my studies and has increased my motivation to work with wide range of people. These Workshops made me realizing how important it is for me to join people from various fields and origins. Overall, following this event, I have found the will to be an actor of my future, of our area, of our future.

Jean – French member

Clothilde’s testimony

To become a member of GAMe is a fabulous opportunity, this day is the most beautiful that offered to me during my studies. To become ” young ambassador of the Mediterranean Sea “, it is to belong to a big family, to make a commitment for the future and to take a stand in front of big challenges. There we met people of many horizons, very different by the culture, but strangely close by the heart. Persons with whom we stay in touch, in spite of the distance. Naturally, it is an incredible experiment for one’s professional life, (opportunities of internships, exchange, interesting projects). But it is especially for its unique and cosmopolitan character, its feeling of unity and brotherhood, that GAMe has to prosper. GAMe is before any the adventure of a life opened on the world.

Clothilde – French member

ecl Team

Newsletter

Today you received the first newsletter from the GAMe students from the French university École Centrale de Lyon ! These students are here to help the GAMe bureau.

News from France

Last September, a new group of 6 students joined GAMe. They are all studying at Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. And they decided to join GAMe together because of their common interest for the Mediterranean issues. Since then, they have started working with the GAMe bureau (Tairi de Martino, Marie-Thérèse El-Hoyek Jean Delalande and Mohamed Keli). The bureau gave them some tasks (including the creation of this website) to improve the visibility of the network. Now they want to share what they have already done for the bureau and what they still have to do. It’s time for some news from France!

Teamwork

The particularity of this group of students is that their work for GAMe is part of a course in their university called “Projet d’études” in which you have to get involved in a project of any kind. This course is supposed to teach them how to work as a team. Note that they did not know each other when they joined GAMe! They are really motivated and will try to do their best. All of these students are very happy to be new GAMe members and hope the adventure is just beginning.

Contact them whenever you want!

This newsletter is available on the Facebook group of GAMe. If you have a question or want to be emailed the newsletter, you can contact them anytime you want. Each one of them has an active Facebook profile, and there is a specific e-mail address to contact them: game.ecl@rmei.info

ECL Team

Tairi.DeMartino

Tairi’s 2013 wishes

Dear Mediterranean students,

It’s my great pleasure to welcome you in the web-site of GAMe, the student network belonging to the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs!

At the beginning of 2013, after a very important year for our association, during which GAMe has been formally established with its board and its office, a new goal has been reached by the Mediterranean Ambassadors: the creation of a dedicated common space on the web, as a support for our activities and as a special mean to promote and consolidate GAMe network all around the Mediterranean sea.

GAMe is a young network, made by young students and addressed to young students.

I strongly believe that this feature represents the strength of our association, because in young people resides the responsibility of Mediterranean future. The network GAMe supports young talents, giving the Mediterranean students the possibility to cooperate and share ideas, be informed about educational projects and mobility programs, participate to international workshops, internships and trainings, contributing to their personal growth and developing their professional skills.

This way, people belonging to different cultures could also promote peace, stability and security, knowledge, dialogue and comprehension, despite of divisions and conflicts, because cultural
differences can enrich and complete the background of each country.
For this new year, my personal wish is that the time we will spend together could improve our feelings, thoughts and actions.

Enjoy the GAMe!
Rome, January 14th 2013

The President

Signature Tairi