From November 8 to 11, 2016 some of our most valued local coordinators from all over Europe visited us at the CEPA head office in Ingersheim, Germany to exchange ideas as well as to strengthen our relationships and team spirit.
We started the 4-day seminar with a team dinner at a traditional Swabian tavern in the neighbor village, which produces its own wines and serves traditional and regional food. Since the Ingersheim team and coordinators work closely with each other, but very rarely get the chance to see each other or have time to speak about things outside of work, it was a great evening filled with lively conversations.
After spending the night in a castle, our first day was filled with exchanging many ideas. Not only our Managing Director, Uli Leibrecht, had new developments to report about CEPA, but also the coordinators gave a lot of inspiring input to improve future programs. During the meetings, the coordinators also learned about the organizational process of a study abroad program at CEPA as well as the needs of our students and university partners. On the flip-side, the CEPA office team learned about many new on-site challenges the coordinators face when they are with groups. Together, we discussed solutions that are not only possible but also practical and easily implemented.
After this intense day of meetings, we all took part in a tour of the “Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim” winery. It was a perfect way to relax and become inspired again during some great conversations while tasting the regional wines.
The next day, we were rewarded for our hard work and visited the Ludwigsburg Palace together. A court lady showed us the inside of the palace and told us about life at the palace and its inhabitants during the 19th century. She also taught us how ladies and gentlemen walked up and down the stairs in that era. It was a lot of fun!
Although weather was not always on our side, we enjoyed exploring the region around the CEPA head office together. Who wouldn’t, when Harald Leibrecht, President of the CEPA Foundation, talks about the villages in the past and present from his own childhood memories?!