If you have just started learning Esperanto, you probably still don't know much about the movement that surrounds the language. Here you receive an overview of some important aspects of *"Esperantujo" (= "Esperanto-land"; all of the various meetings, organisations, publications, groups, etc. that relate to Esperanto).
Universala Kongreso (Universal Convention) - UK
A large convention with many types of different programs, mostly talks and meetings but also concerts, plays, courses, and so forth. Usually between 2000 and 3000 people from many countries participate. The UK is never held in the same country twice in a row.
More information: http://uea.org/kongresoj/
Internacia Junulara Kongreso (International Youth Convention) - IJK
A great event for a young person newly interested in Esperanto! Thanks to the informal and active atmosphere, it's easy to find new friends and get to know the Esperanto youth movement. There are often several hundred participants, coming from more than 30 countries.
More information: http://tejo.org/ijk
Internacia Junulara Festivalo (International Youth Festival) - IJF
An event with a good atmosphere that takes place every year in Italy, around Easter. The program consists mostly of meeting old and new friends. There are usually fewer than 100 participants.
More information: http://iej.esperanto.it/ijf/
Internacia Junulara Semajno (International Youth Week) - IJS
A very active and fun summer event in Hungary, known for its good organization, evening ball, and watergun day. Usually about 100 people participate.
More information: http://ijs.hu/
Junulara E-Semajno (Youth Esperanto Week) - JES
A fun and festive week in Germany or Poland, around New Year's. It contains serious programs during the day, but people are there primarily to hang around with friends, dance, and stay up late at night.
More information: http://jes.pej.pl
Komuna Seminario (Common Week) - KS
A seminar that happens in China, Japan, and Korea in alternating years, to allow youths (primarily from those countries) to work together.
Nordamerika Somera Kursaro (North American Summer Courses) - NASK
The courses at NASK offer three weeks of intense Esperanto study for students from beginners to Academy members. NASK has international teachers and students.
More information: http://esperanto.org/nask/
Kultura Esperanto-Festivalo (Cultural Esperanto Festival) - KEF
A festival that lasts several days, with a colorful Esperanto cultural program, with participants of all ages. It happens about once every three years, in northern Europe.
More information: http://www.kef.saluton.dk
Education@Internet - E@I
An organization that combines the two great instruments of communication, Esperanto and internet! The internet is a communication tool without physical barriers and Esperanto functions as a communication tool without language barriers. Together, they help us communicate world wide, quickly and easily!
More information: http://ikso.net/
Esperantic Studies Foundation - ESF
ESF supports research and teaching of Esperanto and of related topics in the field of inter-lingual communication, primarily with relation to higher education in North America.
More information: http://esperantic.org
Tutmonda Esperantista Junulara Organizo (Worldwide Esperanto Youth Organization) - TEJO
TEJO is an international, non-governmental youth organization founded in 1938, which works to advance peace and intercultural understanding among youth around the world, by means of Esperanto. It actively works to solve current problems and issues of youths, especially with relation to language and cultural matters. From its central office in the Netherlands, it facilitates the work of its more than 40 national sections and members in more than 80 countries.
More information: http://tejo.org
Biciklista Esperanto Movado Internacia (International Esperanto Bicyclist Movement) - BEMI
Here's something interesting for those of you who like to bicycle and speak Esperanto at the same time! BEMI regularly organizes various bicycle caravans, often linked with IJK or some other event.
More information: http://bemi.free.fr/eo.html
Esperanto-Universala-Rok-Organizo, Kolektiva Komunik-Asocio (Esperanto Universal Rock Organization, Collective Communication Association) - EUROKKA
EUROKKA was created in 1988, and became a TEJO interest group, and from that time has appeared in the list of interest groups in the UEA yearbook. EUROKKA's area of interest is to develop and spread Esperanto musical culture, the bands and artists who sing in Esperanto, inside and outside the Esperanto movement, worldwide.
More information: http://artista.ikso.net/eurokka/
Internacia Ligo de Esperantistaj Instruistoj (International League of Esperantist Teachers) – ILEI
ILEI is the main group for teachers and educators who teach Esperanto or who teach in Esperanto.
More information: http://ilei.info
Universala Esperanto-Asocio (Universal Esperanto Association) – UEA
The UEA was founded in 1908 as an organization of individual Esperantists. Now the UEA is the largest international organization for the speakers of Esperanto, and has members in 117 countries. The UEA works not only to spread Esperanto, but also to awaken discussion about the world language problem and to educate about the necessity for equality between languages.
More information: http://uea.org
Akademio de Esperanto (Academy of Esperanto)
The Academy of Esperanto is an independent language institute, whose task is to preserve and protect the fundamental principles of the language Esperanto and guide its evolution. The Academy of Esperanto was founded in 1905, during the first Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, based on a suggestion of Zamenhof, but was then called the "Lingva Komitato" (Language Committee). The higher commission of the Lingva Komitato first introduced the name "Akademio de Esperanto". In 1948, the Linga Komitato and its Akademio were joined into one body under the name "Akademio de Esperanto".
More information: http://akademio-de-esperanto.org/
Pasporta Servo (Passport Service) - PS
Pasporta Servo is a booklet published every year. It contains a list of addresses of Esperanto speakers who are willing to host other Esperanto speakers in their homes. Its goal is to facilitate international travel by giving users the ability to spend the night with Esperanto speakers, free of charge. The 2005 edition has about 1200 addresses from more than 80 countries.
More information: http://tejo.org/ps
Juna Amiko (Young Friend)
"Juna Amiko" is primarily aimed at those who already know the basics of Esperanto but have difficulty finding reading material simple enough to be understood. The magazine has various sections and features, which fulfill the needs of various groups of people.
"Kontakto" is a magazine for those who are interested in other countries, peoples, cultures, and societies. "Kontakto" is read by youths (and the young-at-heart!) from about 90 countries, and receives contributions from all over the world as well. Some parts of the text appear in "easy" and "very easy" languages, especially for beginners. "Kontakto" is one of the most attractively illustrated Esperanto magazines. With six issues each year, "Kontakto" is jointly published by TEJO and UEA. Individual members of TEJO receive "Kontakto" automatically. Others can subscribe to it by way of the UEA.
More information: http://kontakto.tejo.org/
Tejo-Tutmonde (TEJO Worldwide)(TT)
The official newsletter of TEJO is TEJO-Tutmonde. It appears fairly regularly and informs the Esperanto community about the Esperanto youth movement. It is received by the individual members and patrons of TEJO.
More information: http://www.tejo.org/tejotutmonde
Revuo Esperanto (Esperanto Magazine)
Official publication of the UEA, which contains interesting and current articles and pictures of the world of Esperanto.
More information: http://uea.org/revuo/
A high quality magazine about diverse topics that are interesting also for non-Esperantists, like world politics, culture, and so forth. People from many countries contribute to it and edit it with their points of view, experiences, and opinions.
More information: http://www.esperanto.be/fel/mon/
Esperanto books are abundant!
More information: www.lernu.net/biblioteko/legkonsiloj/
Esperanto.net - Multilingual Information Center about Esperanto
An extensive collection of links which helps you find information about Esperanto organizations on the national level
More information: http://esperanto.net/
Bona Espero (Good Hope)
Bona Espero, which was founded in 1957, is a community and agricultural school for the very poor in Brazil. Esperanto is the means of communication within it. In Bona Espero, Esperantists protect, educate, and teach children who are often without families, or who are subject to miserable living conditions.
More information: http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Espero