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17 May 2015 at 7:36pm | IP Logged 
Is there anybody who knows of a conference or an activity to learn/practice Esperanto,
during the holiday, and which would not be too expensive? I wanted to go to an event in
Slovakia, and the annual conference in Lille, but when looking at the price, I find it a
bit too expensive, when I think that the idea of the Esperanto community is learning the
language 'for free', being an international languagee to exchange easily and cheaply, and
to help people find the opportinities to learn the language. For both events together, I
should pay 600 euros (The Slovakian event even asks 3 euros a night if one wants to sleep
in a you call that cheap??).

So is there an event or something for others from all around the world to learn Esperanto
when we are students and during the holiday (July preferably)?
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17 May 2015 at 8:08pm | IP Logged 
Have you looked at Basically it is a hospitality service for Esperantists. The service publishes a directory of people from countries on every continent who are willing to host other Esperanto speakers in their homes free. Within the Esperanto culture, the annual directory is considered an important publication, second only to the Plena Ilustrita Vortaro (Unabridged Illustrated Dictionary). As of 2010, there are 1450 hosts in 91 countries.

Hosts specify how many days and how many guests can stay along with a short comment with other restrictions or interests (no smokers, bring a tent, young people especially welcome, etc.). The hosts enjoy having people from various countries stay at their homes while the guests enjoy free housing in the locations listed (although hosts may ask for reimbursement of incurred expenses). Also, guests may feel more at ease because many hosts are willing to assist with transportation and local information etc., and some also provide meals, although the only actual commitment required of all hosts is to offer overnight accommodation.

So this might be what you are interested in.
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17 May 2015 at 11:40pm | IP Logged 
SES in Slovakia is probably the best event for learning Esperanto, as there are
structured courses at different levels. There are some other events for young people
around Europe this summer (eg. Internacia Junulara
in Wiesbaden in Germany and Internacia Junulara
in Hungary) but they are likely to be a similar price to SES and will
probably be more useful for practising Esperanto than for learning it.

The cheapest event I am aware of is
Roskilde where a team of
Esperantists volunteer to work at the music festival each year. In return for working
a certain number of hours they have free entry to the festival and camping/food. So
it's not an Esperanto event as such, but an external event which a group of
Esperantists participate in.

If you don't fancy any of those then I think rdearman is right and Pasporta Servo is
the best option :)

Edited by Radioclare on 17 May 2015 at 11:41pm

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18 May 2015 at 4:00am | IP Logged 
Get in touch with the local association. When I tried to practice Esperanto at a language festival in Moscow, they told me there would be a trip to some event, free but only allowing those who can speak 100% Esperanto for the whole trip.

You could also find enough Esperantists from a specific area and basically arrange the practice for yourself. Get in touch with multiple people through pasporta servo and the country's association - do this in advance, especially as you're coming during holiday season. Since you speak French natively you can also offer language exchange. I would recommend Poland for this kind of thing, due to the lower prices (for your stay/food) and the special attitude to Esperanto.
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08 November 2015 at 9:59pm | IP Logged 
This is a bit of a late reply, but check out, for a list of Esperanto events - it includes some 2016 ones as well. Festo comes to mind as a fairly cheap one in France - see for a bit of background on it. Most events I've gone to are cheaper than the ones you're mentioning.
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13 March 2016 at 8:03pm | IP Logged 
There is lots of Esperanto spoken at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, at least 50
Esperanto speakers take place in this event on average.


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