Australian and New Zealand virtual congress and summer school 2021

12 Esperanto speakers

Owing to the continuing restrictions on travel and meetings associated with COVID-19, the 2021 congress was a completely online event.

Dates and times

Saturday 9 January – Wednesday 13 January 2021 (AEDT)


Videos of the lectures and other sessions can be watched on YouTube. See the video-list > (in Esperanto)


Included: Esperanto classes in 3 levels: (Beginners, inc. children 8 years and older, Intermediate and Advanced); Lectures about Esperanto and other topics.
View detailed program (In Esperanto)


Members of AEA or NZEA: Free, however we encouraged people to make a donation.
Non-members: Also free, or pay what you could.

Teachers and speakers

Eminent Esperantists from around Australia and New Zealand, and around the world, including Trevor Steele, Duncan Charters (president of UEA), Vinko Markovo (president of SAT), Mireille Grosjean (president of ILEI) and Humphrey Tonkin.

How it worked

We used Zoom and Jitsi (as used in UEA’s recent Virtual Congress).
NOTE: Zoom needs to be installed (free), however Jitsi will run on any modern browser on a computer, but if you planned to use it on a tablet (eg, an iPad) you needed to have the Jitsi app (also free) installed.

One interesting idea was for local groups to organise physical meetings where they could participate collectively, at least for part of the congress.

In the photo-set (from top-left): Humphrey Tonkin, Mireille Gosjean, Trevor Steele, Duncan Charters, Marc Schmidt, Mara Molnja, Carlos Spinola, Emma Breuninger, Sandor Horvath, Franciska Toubale, Vinko Markovo, Helen Palmer