Eastpackers | Stichting UcDean is a Dutch organization which focuses on school- and study trips, youth exchanges, group travel and EVS voluntary work. Our main areas of interest are countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkan, the Caucasus, Middle East and Central Asia. We aim to enlarge people’s knowledge of the societies in the new and future EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, and other countries on the eastern borders of Europe. We mainly focus on students and young professionals who would like to go off the beaten track, and who would like to learn and experience more than during a usual package tour. Every year we travel to a variety of countries with around 250 participants.
We were founded by students from University College in Utrecht in 2007, in order to contribute to the international mission of the college. Since 2011, we have been an independent organization. We mainly work with volunteers and freelance travel guides. In 2016 we decided to continue under the tradename Eastpackers, since this name has a better connection to the activities we organize.
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Number of participants since 2008