Atlantykron Summer Academy of Learning 

Participant Guide

What should you expect as a participant?  Click on the subjects below for more details.


Calendar

Who Can Attend

We Are Rustic

Food and Bathing

Living Units

Waste Facilities

Participants

Typical Day

Weather

What to Bring

Camp Safety

Camp Staff

Rules

Transportation

Emergency Contact
         

Calendar

 

The Academy opens on Friday, 3 August with arrival of participants and closes with departure of participants on Sunday, 12 August 2013.  Registration is scheduled to begin on 1 June for the 2013 Summer Academy. If you have special requirements, such as planning international travel, please contact us to register early. Please add your email to our Atlantykron Discussion Group to receive regular news and notifications regarding the program.

 

Who Can Attend

 

The Academy is open to youth ages 15 through 29. All participants under the age of 18 must must agree to special instructions which will be provided after their registration is submitted. Individuals younger than 15 and older than 29 are invited with the following considerations: youth younger than 15 must be accompanied by at least one adult, individuals over 29 years of age must request special permission when registering, unless already pre-approved or invited by a program general coordinator. Anyone interesting in attending should register online at www.Atlantykron.org. Program cost are summarized on the registration form.

 

We Are Rustic

 

Experiencing this program in a wilderness setting is part of what makes the Academy a special life and learning experience. It is also important to understand the facilities support. The following provides a short overview. If you have questions, please contact us at questions@Atlantykron.org.

 

Food and Bathing

 

Food service is available from the Academy for two meals each day.  See registration form for pricing details. In addition to this, the Island Outdoor Café is also established on the island, open between 07:00 and 24:00 each day, where food, drinks, and supplies may be purchased.

Bottled water is also provided for all participants. While the local water is safe for bathing and washing clothes, it is important to remember that the water is not safe for drinking or brushing teeth. Showers for bathing are available in selected island locations or aboard the boats.

 

Living Units

 

All participants typically sleep and stay in tents in their group camp area on the island. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tents and blankets. If you cannot provide your own tent, please indicate this when you register and program management will try to assist.

Small cabins on boats anchored to the island are available for some of our invited guests. However, it is important to note availability is limited.  If you have any special needs that would necessitate use of a cabin, please indicate this on your registration form.

 

Waste Facilities

 

Preserving and protecting the island environment and ecosystem is very important to the Academy. Garbage disposal instructions will be provided to all participants upon arrival. Also, latrines are available around the island and also on the boats for use by the participants.

 

Participants

 

One of the best part of the Academy experience will be the participants you will meet. Always a friendly environment, you will be sure to make many new friends during your stay. The primary languages used at the Academy include English and Romanian. A guideline would be that 50% of participants speak English well, 25% a little, and 25% with some difficulty. If needed, everyone is eager to help with translations. Of course, there will be many opportunities to practice and develop many other languages skills with the wide range of participants.

 

Typical Day

 

Following breakfast, morning programs begin and run until lunch. After lunch all participants enjoy free time on the island beach, reading, studying, playing sports or just sharing time with friends. Mid-afternoon the programs begin again and run through dinner then into evening presentations and entertainment in the outdoor amphitheatre. The evening program also includes an overview of following day’s events, typically followed by an evening movie or dance aboard one of the boats.

 

Weather

 

What to Bring

 

Packing Checklist:

Recommended     Photo Identification (Required)
  Tent
  Blanket or Sleeping Bag
  Bedroll or Air Mattress
  Changes of Clothes
  Personal Hygiene Kit
  Money (as needed)
  Personal Identification
  Swimsuit
  Flashlight
  Rain Jacket
  Anti-Mosquito Spray
  Backpack
  Pen and Paper

     
Optional     Camera
  Musical Instrument
  Medications
  Mobile Phone

Camp Safety

 

Ensuring a safe and fun experience is a top priority for the Academy coordinators. It is typical that the Frontier Police maintain a presence in addition to the dedicated security guards on the Island. In addition, every instructor, team leader, and program coordinator supervise all activities, providing backup for the security teams.

 

 

Camp Staff

 

The Academy attracts and involves prominent instructors in their fields from across Europe and around the world. The participation of these instructors, some of the best in their fields, provides a very remarkable learning and life experience for the youth who participate.

At the Academy, the participants will share not only class time, but also the entire living experience side-by-side with these experts, providing a great interaction opportunity to learn about many aspects of life outside of the standard courses.

There is also a very well structured management team in place that includes general program coordinators, logistics directors, alternate program coordinators, team leaders, and security teams. This ensures that any needs of the youth participating are quickly understood and addressed while also ensuring a fun and safe experience.

 

Rules

 

Water Safety:
Participants are allowed to swim only in areas designated and approved by the program organizers.
Fire Safety:
Participants are only allowed to make camp fires at places designated and approved by a program organizer.
Alcohol:
Participants may not bring alchoholic beverages of any kind to the program.
Vehicles:
If vehicles are brought they should be parked in areas designated by the program organizers.
Rights and Responsibilities:
Attendance at the Summer Academy is a privilege, not a right.  Program management reserves the right to require a participant to leave the program if they are unable to respect the rules and responsibilities of participation. 

 

Transportation

 

From Outside Romania: For participants traveling from outside Romania by air, the recommended destination is the Bucharest Airport (OTP). From here you have two options:

A. Have the Academy arrange for to meet you and guide you to the program location. You can contact us at info@Atlantykron.org.

B. Use Romania’s public transportation systems (instructions below):

1. Arrive at Bucuresti Otopeni Airport (OTP). This is located about 16 kilometers north of the Bucuresti city center.

2. From the airport you take a bus or taxi to the Bucharest “Gara de Nord” train station. Driving time is about 25 minutes and cost about 2 Euro (8 RON) for a bus or 35 Euro (130 RON) for a taxi.

Travel Note: If you choose to travel by taxi when in Romania, please be sure to use official taxis and confirm the cost in advance with your driver. Official taxis can be identified by the registration markers in rear window.

3. From the Bucurest Gara de Nord station, take an express train to Cernavoda. This would take about two hours and should cost about 15 Euro or 55 RON.

4. From this train station it is necessary to travel to the village of Capidava for which there are two options. Take the bus which departs twice daily at 11:30 and 15:30 or you can hire a taxi to complete the last 25 minutes drive to the village.  Cost about 2 Euro (8 RON) for a bus or 10 Euro (37 RON) for a taxi.

5. From the village it is a short walk and boat trip to the Academy, visible in the middle of the Danube River.

From Inside Romania: Travel by taxi or train to city of Cernavoda, the train station nearest the Academy, then follow steps 4 and 5 above.

Personal Automobiles: It is possible to travel by personal automobile to a location near the Academy, however, this is not encouraged. Since this is a wilderness location, the Academy cannot be responsible for loss or damage that might occur at parking locations off the island.

 

 

Emergency Contact

 

During the Academy, for emergency situations, participants can be contacted in the following ways:

Telephone: 

Email:  emergency@Atlantykron.org

 

Questions

 

Our program managers would be please to answer any questions you have about the academy.  Please email your questions to questions@Atlantykron.org.  

 

 

 

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