Following our visit to Bosnia in March 2014, Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) organized Liberty Camps in Malta and Georgia.
Malta Liberty English Camp 2014
Our partner for the Malta camp was Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) of Poland, founded and run by Jacek Spendel, a former LLI camp participant, from 23rd to 30th of April.
The idea of holding a camp in an “exotic” location like Malta was the brainchild of Jacek, who enticed over 20 students from Poland to fly to Malta and combine a Liberty Camp with a “holiday” in this sunny location. Held at the Bugibba Hotel, 45 minutes by shuttle from the airport, it was a unique experience and the first time a camp had been organized in Malta.
In addition to the students who came with Jacek from Poland, another 20 participants came from a dozen other countries and 4 continents to create a “once in a lifetime” experience! The only “sad” part was that none of the participants was from the host country. Malta needs some enterprising people to start a freedom-oriented movement on this island nation in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Highlights of the camp were a one-day sightseeing-tour of the island and relocation from our hotel conference room to Mellieha beach for a full day of “lectures”, another first for an LLI Liberty Camp!
Back at the hotel for the other days, we enjoyed special presentations from a number of international guest speakers, from Poland (Jacek and Michael, an entrepreneur), from Holland (Mart van der Leer, on the EU), from the US (Matthew Tyrmand, a former Wall Street investment banker on investing and the banking system), from Nigeria (Adedeji Akintayo, on the negative effect of grants and foreign aid on Africa), from Hungary (Mate Hajba), from Norway (Thomas Kenworthy) and from Serbia (Todor Papic, on the war on drugs).
We were also privileged to hear four students from the Ukraine give their opinions and perspectives on the current situation in their country.
Thanks to all participants, lecturers, sponsors and friends of Liberty! All in all, a wonderful experience that will long be remembered, and not just for the sunburns.
Liberty Camp Georgia 2014
After Malta, it was off to Georgia for our second Liberty Camp, organized together with Georgian Students for Liberty (GSFL), led by its president Ilia Meshvildishvili.
The camp was split into two parts: the first two days were held at the Agriculture/Free University on the Tbilisi campus and the next three days at the Bazaleti Lake campus, some 45 minutes from the Georgian capital.
We were honoured to have the recently-elected president of European Students for Liberty (ESFL), Lukas Schweiger, with us for most of the week and to hear his presentations on the history, purpose and success of this growing student movement that has taken the world by storm.
Also, we had Robin Koerner, founder of the Blue Republican movement in the USA and regular contributor to the “Huffington Post”, who gave several lectures on the meaning of money and the history and current functioning of the global financial and banking systems, explaining the role of central and commercial banks, how money is created, and the consequences.
Presentations from LLI Director Andy Eyschen, from GSFL President Ilia Meshvidishvili on the student movement in Georgia, and from a local entrepreneur (and former Liberty Camp participant) David Khosroshvili, completed the program attended by some twenty students from various universities in Georgia.