Traveling to a faraway island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you never know what to expect. You feel restless and eager to see what is waiting for you once you step off the airplane. Then suddenly, you wake up one morning with a yellow frog stuck to your bedroom window glass, or you spot a curious centipede in the shower, or huge white parrots start singing to you from the top of a palm tree. A whole new world. Still, what was most precious about Bali was its people. They showed us many different ways to be more generous and to live in the present. So we kept listening. And each day of our journey, we became more and more „present“.

Vladimir Zabransky, a teacher and photographer, is among those who remember the origins of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the way it has steadily grown. He has been making photos and taking autographs of the celebrities who have visited the festival for forty-nine consecutive years. Despite having an admirable work experience, he does not consider himself a professional in his line of work and humbly treats his passion for photography as a mere hobby. However, it's a hobby that has brought him global recognition and appreciation.

Did you know that Olympiads are not just meant for sportsmen? Every year, the most gifted and talented high school chemistry students from all over the world compete for gold medals in the International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO). Alexander Zhigalin and Ruslan Kotlyarov, the winners of this year’s ICHO, held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in July, share their success stories and give advice on how to train for such competitions. Let’s start from the very beginning.

Sydney-based designer Tania Gnecchi makes incredibly feminine and elegant jewellery. Simple, honest and very gentle, her pieces are real works of art. How difficult is it to design jewellery? How do you find your niche in the business? Do you still dream of becoming a jewellery designer but don’t know how to start? We hope that our interview with Tania will inspire you to launch a new startup.

Anna Bohlmark, a freelance journalist, wanted to do a documentary about the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda, but during her research she discovered the story of the Batwas – the keepers of the forest. Since the ’90s, when the Batwa people were literally evicted from the Lake Region forests of western Uganda, the authorities have earned approximately $600.00 from each tourist taking safari tours of the region. Even today, thousands of Batwa are discriminated against and face devastating poverty as they search constantly for a living on their own.

With the International Summer School Beijing 2017 beginning in less than a week, Youth Time are excited to invite experts and participants from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and cultural values. One of these experts is Dr. Waleed Sadek, Co-chair of the Sustainable Development Commission at the UN. Dr. Sadek previously worked at the International Leadership Institute in United Nations university, lecturing about the importance of the mediation & conflict resolutions in the Middle East. Now, Dr. Sadek is in the United Kingdom with new vision for sustainability, and one from his important quotes is: We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture, but sustainable souls.  Dr. Sadek will be delivering his key note speech on the topic, “How to Identify Your Target Market and the Creative Process” in addition to hosting a workshop under the theme of, "Leadership Traits and their Development”. International Summer School participants with added insight and understanding as to what they can expect from the workshop, in addition to learning how to best prepare for the event.

The most prominent abaya designer in the UAE, and also an entrepreneur, HE Sara Al Madani (31) spoke with us about life, careers, motivation, and businesswomen in the Emirates. She had just come back from America, where she launched a new company, in addition to three other businesses she runs in the UAE. The impression is that she doesn’t want to be remembered as the designer who made an abaya for Madonna, but for many other far more important achievements: she entered the world of fashion at the age of 15 and today is the youngest board memeber at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, has honoured her with the title Her Excellency. Al Madani works almost 24/7 and did this interview in the middle of the night. When asked how she manages to find the right balance in life, she said: Balance is a beautiful myth that doesn't exist, you create your own balance, and you adapt to it.

With the Summer School Beijing 2017 just around the corner, we are filled with great excitement and anticipation for what promises to be a most spectacular event. In the build-up to the educational and inspirational series of master classes and workshops, we continue to interview the experts who will be presenting on their specialist topics. One of the main trainers during the Summer School of this year is Mrs. Dorotea Milas, Lecturer at Zagreb School of Business, Croatia. Mrs. Milas research interests are in the fields of philosophy (ethics), religious science, communication and cultural studies. She has participated in national and international scientific and professional conferences and has published several scientific and professional papers.

Stand-up is becoming more and more popular all over the world, and a lot of venues hold "open mic" events where those who want to perform for the audience can try their luck. Stand-up comedy is now taking hold in Central and Eastern Europe, and we wonder therefore what it takes to be a stand-up comedian there? Is it true that they can live by performing just a few days in a month? How long does it take to work up the jokes, and is it hard to prepare the jokes and not to offend anyone at the same time? We have spoken about this and a lot of other stereotypes about stand-up with a stand-up comedian, Siavash Alaghmandan Motlagh. He is originally from Iran, but he lives in Slovakia, and speaking for himself he says that he is extremely forgetful, he lacks focus, and he is amazed by the wonders of life on planet earth.

Like most technological gadgets and instruments, the internet has gradually expanded its importance, withstanding the test of time. Instigated as a rollout cable that could only be accessed by the 'elite' who owned telephone lines, the internet is now easily accessed wirelessly. This has made it easier for users to access it on their laptops, tablets, and cellphones while on the go. But the internet isn't free, and as a result most South African young people struggle to catch up with the world online.

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