We are delighted to invite European Freedom Network

members and partners to our 5th major gathering.

 

Why “Bridge 2019”?

Because EFN is all about providing a bridge to freedom for those exploited by human trafficking &/or sexual exploitation. Individual ministries are planks in the bridge. Only by strengthening the collaboration between us, building each other up and looking at the big picture can the bridge be strong.

Bridge 2019 will give plenty of opportunities to pray, reflect, learn, network, strategise and be encouraged.

This year our theme is “Change the Story” as we learn how to further understand the different roles different groups play in the story of human trafficking in Europe, from Roma and other vulnerable persons, to traffickers, to officials and to you.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Details

When: Monday 20 May, 2019 to Friday May 24, 2019.  We finish with breakfast on 24 May after a celebratory dinner on 23 May.

Where: The conference will be held in Pescara, Italy at:

Grand Hotel MontesilvanoPiazzale Kennedy , 28 – 65015 – Montesilvano (Pe)Tel +39-085.835887/88/89 – Fax +39-085.4452251

Cost: 

Members receive a conference discount. Sign up for membership here.

  Partners/Members
Single Room
Partners/Members
Double or Twin
per person
Early Bird Registration
(until Feb 25)
350€ / 315€ 310€ / 275€
Registration 400€ / 360€ 350€ / 310€
Late Registration
(April 19 onwards)
450€ / 410€ 410€ / 370€

 

Conference cost includes:

  • The conference registration fee
  • Accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano from Monday, May 20, 2019 (check in at 14:00pm) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (check out at 11:00am).
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday dinner until Friday breakfast.

Extra Accommodation:

It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Registration

Click here to register.

Accommodation

The conference fee includes accommodation and meals at the Grand Hotel Montesilvano in beautiful Pescara, Italy.  Located right next to the beach and equipped with a swimming pool we know you will enjoy this location.  We have specifically designed the programme of the conference to ensure you have some free time to enjoy the beach, pool and local attractions with your network friends.

Check out the video on the hotel.

Extra Accommodation:

It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Getting to the Venue

From Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara):

  1. Catch the train from Abruzzo Airport to Pescara Centre.  Coach n. 38 departs every 15 minutes from the terminal.  Tickets sold at the automatic machine in the terminal arrivals area.  A single trip costs 1.10€.

From Rome – Fiumicino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 48 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Ciampino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 30-40 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Termini Train Station:

  1. Catch the train from Rome Termini Train Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 8 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

Travel Tip for booking flights: Flights directly to Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) may be pricey depending on where you are coming from. Check for connecting flights from Rome or Milan or take a low cost flight to Rome and then a Flixbus. Be sure to allow enough time to travel on Monday, May 20th, 2019 and Friday, May 24th, 2019.

Add On Training

The following training days are available alongside the conference.  Accommodation is NOT included but extra days can be booked at the hotel.

Accounting for Small Business Success – Friday May 24 & Saturday May 25 – 8:30am – 5:30pm
COST:  for the training and materials – 100€ – payable at the door

Do you want to:

– Gain new insights into what helps your business generate profit?
– Make better-informed business decisions?
– Understand how to keep useful financial records to help you achieve your goals?

 

This training is for you!  Clarke Hoelscher is a US CPA based in the Middle East with 9 years experience as a financial auditor, tax consultant, finance manager, and accounting consultant for businesses located mostly in the US and Middle East. Clarke has been based in the Middle East for the past 5 years.  He’ll help you understand Color Accounting, an internationally recognized curriculum used by organizations like Goldman Sachs, PWC, Unicef, Caterpillar, and The World Bank.

 

Art & Soul with Dr Michelle Sanders – Saturday May 25 – 10am – 5:00pm

Cost: FREE – all materials are provided
Spend the day exploring Art & Soul – a 10 week program for working with people dealing with trauma, mental illness and depression as well as care givers.  The program includes teaching, group work and guided painting lessons.

This one day program will give you a taste of the full Art & Soul program as well as a relaxing day to reflect on the work you do in the anti-trafficking field.  It is ideal for those working directly with survivors in aftercare and also for those needing a way to reflect and debrief on the work they do.

 

Dr Michelle Sanders has a love for art and community development.  She is involved in many community projects in many forms of painting and art. These include Art for Justice; and Art and Soul (A 10 week course teaching people who suffer depression and anxiety to paint) This course covers themes such as; loss and grief, guilt and shame, identity and more. She uses art to work with ‘At Risk’ teenagers, children refusing to go to school, traumatized families, victims of family violence, girls at risk of commercial sexual exploitation, those with Mental Health issues, inmates in prison as well as other groups.

Michelle runs an annual 2-week Art and Soul program in Chicago Prison (USA) with both male and female inmates. (and will be working in prisons in Birmingham, UK and Romania) Other art projects have been run in other places in America. She is on the board of Abolishion an anti-human trafficking organisation.

Michelle heads up the Art department and teaches Community Development at Eastern College Victoria, (formerly Tabor) which offers a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Community Development.

Dr Michelle Sanders has focussed her doctorate around art. Her thesis is “Generating Conversations in the Community Using the Medium of Art” She uses painting to engage people in conversations and process their life issues. She is the author of the book Art and Soul, which was published through Wipf and Stock in 2014.

 

FAQs

We hope that these FAQs cover your questions. If they don’t, please be patient. If you have another query, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. The Bridge team are organising things on top of their normal work so we may not be able to reply immediately.

DATES

When does the conference begin?

The Bridge conference officially opens on Monday, 20 May at 6pm.  Please plan to arrive in time to participate in the first evening session – it’s going to be fabulous!

Registration will be on Monday 20th May 2019 between 14:30 – 16:30.
New Partner meeting will be at 17:00and Bridge 2019 will officially be opened at 18:00.
Bridge 2019 closing session will be late on Thursday evening on Friday 24th May (Friday will be a travel day)

When does the conference end?

On Thursday evening, May 23, we will enjoy a celebratory banquet. This meal is included in your registration fee. Plan to enjoy it!

The conference then finishes at breakfast on Friday, 24 May.

PAYMENT AND FEES

What does it cost to attend?
  • Members receive a conference discount. Sign up for membership here.

    Partners/Members
    Single Room
    Partners/Members
    Double / Twin
    per person
    Early Bird Registration
    (until Feb 25)
    350€ / 315€ 310€ / 275€
    Registration 400€ / 360€ 350€ / 310€
    Late Registration
    (April 19 onwards)
    450€ / 410€ 410€ / 370€

    Registration includes:

    • The conference registration fee
    • Accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano from Monday, May 20, 2019 (check in at 14:00pm) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (check out at 11:00am).
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday dinner until Friday breakfast.
  • Extra Accommodation:

    It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Are meals included in the conference fee?

The Bridge Conference fee includes dinner from Monday May 20, breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday May 21 through Thursday May 23 and breakfast on Friday May 24.

If you have any special dietary or other needs, please indicate on your registration or please email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. We will take note and seek to accommodate them.

How do I pay?

You can pay at registration via credit card or Paypal.  Register here.

If I register now but cannot attend the conference, can you refund my money?

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

1. If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar, someone else from the same institute/organisation.

2. If a registrant is unable to attend, and providing the conference organisers are informed in writing by the final date for payment that is displayed on the website for the event in question, a registrant can leave the fee paid with the organisers as payment towards a place at the same event or another Academic Conferences event that takes place in the 12 months following the originally booked event. In the case of a contributing author, the paper will not be published in the Conference Proceedings if the fee is held over for another conference.

3. Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person or to another event, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  1. Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees paid.
  2. Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees paid.
  3. Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund paid.
Can you send me an invoice for the conference registration? My organisation needs it to process payment.

You can request an invoice from bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org at least ONE MONTH PRIOR to the conference.

However, your attendance at the conference will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Bridge team.

I just sent my form to you. Can you send me a confirmation immediately?

The Bridge team will require approximately 3 – 5 working days to process and acknowledge your payment and participation. Please register early to guarantee your spot!

Okay, I registered. Now what?

You may also want to book your plane and train/bus reservations.

What money do I need to bring?

Please bring Euro for additional meals, drinks and other items you may wish to purchase in Pescara.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Where can I see the preliminary programme?

The preliminary programme is coming soon.

Registration will be on Monday 20th May 2019 between 14:30 – 16:30.
New Partner meeting will be at 17:00and Bridge 2019 will officially be opened at 18:00.
Bridge 2019 closing session will be late on Thursday evening on Friday 24th May (Friday will be a travel day)

Where will sessions be held?
Sessions will be held at:

Grand Hotel Montesilvano
Piazzale Kennedy , 28 – 65015 – Montesilvano (Pe)

Tel +39-085.835887/88/89 – Fax +39-085.4452251

Will there be translation at the conference?

The conference language is English.  We will be providing translation in Italian via headphones that can be booked on registration.  

Translation may be provided in other languages should people volunteer to translate.  

OTHER INFORMATION

What about transportation? How do I get there?

From Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara):

  1. Catch the train from Abruzzo Airport to Pescara Centre.  Coach n. 38 departs every 15 minutes from the terminal.  Tickets sold at the automatic machine in the terminal arrivals area.  A single trip costs 1.10€.

From Rome – Fiumicino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 48 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Ciampino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 30-40 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Termini Train Station:

  1. Catch the train from Rome Termini Train Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 8 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

Travel Tip for booking flights: Flights directly to Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) may be pricey depending on where you are coming from. Check for connecting flights from Rome or Milan or take a low cost flight to Rome and then a Flixbus. Be sure to allow enough time to travel on Monday, May 20th, 2019 and Friday, May 24th, 2019.

Can I arrange my own lodging?

No. Accommodation is included in the conference price.

What are some good ways to network at the conference?

The friends you make at Bridge can be a wonderful source of information and support. Here are a few hints for making the most of your time!

  • Bring a lot of business cards to exchange with people you meet. When you receive a business card, write the expertise of that person on the back of the card. The contacts you make at the EFN Bridge conference may well come in handy later!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially of people who have attended EFN’s previous conferences.
  • Review the participants’ list to see who is working in a country or on a topic of interest to you, and try to meet those people at the conference. We will send you a list shortly before Bridge begins.
  • Get to know your EFN Core Team members while you are at Bridge. They know many of the partners, may be able to answer questions, and are eager to know more about you and your project! It’s always great to put a face with a name, and it can make communication easier in the future.
  • Feel free to bring information to share about your project. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 10 requests for full stands, so let us know early if you would like to display materials.
  • If you know of others who would benefit from being at Bridge, feel free to invite them. However, all participants will need to become EFN partners, including going through our simple security clearance system before registering.
Who can help me if I still have questions?

To contact an EFN Bridge team member, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org.