IPA Croatia looks back on a successful and enjoyable International Youth Gathering 2019

06 Sep 2019

IPA Croatia was the proud host of this year’s IPA International Youth Gathering, which took place from 3-17 August 2019. The close up kayakingCroatian Section hosted some 50 participants, boys and girls aged 16 to 18, from 25 different countries.

The event started in Dubrovnik, our Adriatic pearl. President Miljenko Vidak himself was there, and together with Vice President Loris Kozlovac and international delegate Vlaho Lujo, welcomed all participants. Four days in Dubrovnik was not enough time to visit all the sights of the city: the impressive Dubrovnik Walls, Stradun, and Lokrum Island were just some of the highlights that were visited, and which enchanted all our participants.

On their way to the Plitvice Lakes, the group visited Zadar and the famous sea organ. Day 6 was spent in Lika visiting the impressive Plitvice Lakes. The next destinations were the city of Rijeka - the capital of European Culture in 2020, Pula, Brijuni, the water park Istralandia, and on the eleventh day, the IYG group arrived in the Croatian capital.

After Zagreb, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Krapina, Tuhelj, and Trakošćan were next on the programme. As the participants were accommodated in the Police Academy, they had the opportunity to see the location where Croatian police officers study and are educated.

We tried to make the stay in Croatia interesting, active and meaningful, and amongst other things, we endeavoured to get the young participants acquainted with the work of the police. Thank you to the police departments of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Zadar, Lika-Senj, Primorsko-goranska, Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje, Varaždin, the Police Academy, and the Special Police for their contribution and presentation of the Croatian Police.Voba

The regional clubs of IPA Dubrovnik, IPA Zadar, IPA Lika, IPA Primorsko-goranska, IPA Istra, IPA Zagreb, IPA Hrvatsko Zagorje and IPA Varaždin made an exceptional contribution to the organisation and implementation of this event.

At the Gala Dinner in Zagreb, each IYG participant received a certificate of recognition from the IPA Croatian Secretary General Željko Turk, and he thanked them for their participation and wished them a happy return to their home countries.

We would like to express a special thank-you to those IPA sections who sent their participants to this extraordinary IPA event.

Željko Turk, Secretary General IPA Croatia