We are members of the U3A organisation and are affiliated to the U3A movement in the UK. U3A represents ‘University of the Third Age’ but we are not a university in the literal sense as we have members and not students. There are no qualifications to join and none are given. The Third Age refers to the period of time after the First Age of childhood dependence and the Second Age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anyone in the Third Age can apply for membership of the Costa Brava U3A - all you need is interest and enthusiasm.
The Costa Brava U3A was founded in October 2001 and currently has around 350 members based on the Costa Brava, the majority living between L'Escala in the North and Sant Feliu de Guixols in the South. Our organisation is English speaking but currently twenty percent of the membership are non-British passport holders. At the moment we have about forty groups covering a wide range of activities and interests.
Our U3A is a democratic, self-funded and self-managed organisation. It exists to provide educational and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. We draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our members, to organise study and activity groups in accordance with our Association Rules.
One of the most important benefits to come from membership of the U3A is the opportunity to develop new interests and skills in an informal atmosphere among like-minded people. We also actively seek opportunities to promote and encourage integration with the local Catalan community.
Although our members range in age from around fifty to nearly ninety, we exist to learn from each other. When you join a group it is important to not only take part but be willing to contribute to the organisation of a group event. To see the variety of activities on offer to members please look under the ‘groups’ heading on this website. Each group is self funding but may make small charges to cover special needs. The annual membership subscription is currently fourteen euros.
The size of groups varies, but it is important to understand that the smaller groups of fewer than ten people are just as important as the larger ones. We are always keen to expand our range of activities and welcome any suggestions. If you would like to lead a new group please talk to the Group Liaison Officer or a member of the committee.
Every year we hold five Association Meetings, four are held in Torroella de Montgri at El Recer and the fifth is our AGM which is followed by the annual luncheon and therefore held in a more appropriate venue. Our meetings start at 10.15am with an opportunity to meet group representatives for a coffee and chat. The formal meeting starts between 11.00am and 11.15am in the Cine Petit immediately next door. Each meeting begins with an address by the President and reviews of current group activities. Finally there is a talk on a topic of general interest.
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