Section in the Spotlight: ESN Minho, Portugal

ESN International news - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 18:34

If your country is not treating you with a decent amount of sunshine, take a seat, relax and enjoy this two-page August ride to the cloudless and summery Portugal where the glistening section of ESN Minho resides! Can you feel the summer breeze?

Based in two cities – Braga and Guimarães, ESN Minho began their journey in 2012 and seems like they had everything set in stone from the very beginning. The first year they started the “construction” of the section, which involved gathering the primary partners, organising the first activities and starting to participate in the network with 140 active members and successfully transitioned to the 2nd year of their existence where they focused on consolidating the team and its structure. The last and the most current stage of their ascension concluded in hosting SWEP Minho 2014, organising their first Youth in Action project and being titled STARlight - Best Section of the Erasmus Student Network in AGM Ankara 2015. Looks like that they are on a roller coaster of success!

With great work comes great responsibility and ESN Minho has a lot of it working and managing the section in two cities. To ensure fortunate implementation of their projects and ideas apart from the regular team meetings, ESN Minho organises Assemblies where they involve the Alumni to play as advisors. With a highly developed Human Resources department ESN Minho invests a lot in the developing and evaluating the potential of their members. Organising Insight weekends, Team Days and knowledge transfers between the members is what makes the section come up with the best ideas for the integration of International students in Portugal.

And if you happen to choose your exchange in Braga or Guimaraes rest assured that ESN Minho will involve you in a great deal of cultural and social activities. Apart from day trips to cultural and historical sites of Portugal and even the neighbouring Spain, ESN Minho also arranges tournaments in order to promote fitness and health with futsal tournaments, surfing classes, and even dance classes like salsa and Zumba! In addition, the activities of ESN Minho are largely recognised between the local communities and resulted in the realisation of 6 SocialErasmus Week activities in both cities whereas the cooperation with European Store was very relevant during “Braga, European Youth Capital“ where ESN Minho was responsible for the welcome and support of all the volunteers that came to be a part of the event.

ESN Minho's contribution to international projects of the network is beyond questionable: having four ErasmusIntern students, two for each of the university poles, promoting mobility opportunities through flag parades and Erasmus 2.0 activities under the name of MovinEurope is what makes local students closer to the international experience and encourages them to take the next step forward. Investment in the team and personal development of each member hugely paid off for ESN Minho as they have a member in the National Board, 2 project coordinators on the international level and members currently working in NEC and ICE. Moreover, ESN Minho is one of the few sections in the network that has a successful implementation of the EVS programme and the only one that has certification in sending, hosting and receiving volunteers.

The secret behind this success?

“What guides us is thinking in ESN as a school where you can develop yourself as a person who lives in a society that needs people with heart. Our section volunteers put sweat and love in everything they make, that's the recipe to all the success that we have in our Erasmus community. We don't use the word quit, we make the things happen the best we can, always concerned with engaging everybody.” 

For now we can only wonder what else we can all expect from this tremendously hardworking Portuguese gem of ESN Minho.

by Karolis Kriuka

Categories: ESN International

ESN partners with StudentUniverse to provide students with flight discounts

ESN International news - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 11:59

StudentUniverse to provide flight discounts to international students studying in Europe

 

StudentUniverse, a leading resource for student travel discounts, today announced that it has partnered with the Erasmus Student Network, the largest student organisation in Europe.

Through the partnership, StudentUniverse will help ESN’s members travel cheaper by providing an additional £15 / €20 discount on top of its already-discounted student and youth fares on the first flight they book with StudentUniverse. StudentUniverse will join other notable ESN partners (including Airbnb, Hostelling International, Eurail.com and The Economist) to serve as a resource for international students and ESN’s local member organisations worldwide.

ESN members will also regularly receive travel tips and ongoing information from StudentUniverse about flight sales and promotions that would be of interest to international students looking to travel during their exchange, or to and from their university at the beginning and end of the semester.

 

We are always looking to partner with organisations that can provide valuable resources for international students and the local member organisations we work with. Travel plays a fundamental role in a student’s Erasmus experience, and by partnering with StudentUniverse we're confident that ESN members will be able to better compare specialty travel pricing for students and book discounted travel deals,” said Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network.

We look forward to working with StudentUniverse to help international students see more of the world, but also to help our member organisations travel to ESN events worldwide by collaborating with StudentUniverse’s Travel Services team for group bookings.

 

 

StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Its Travel Services division handles client requests for groups and custom itineraries.

StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013 and is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year. For more information, please visit http://studentuniverse.co.uk or follow @StudentU_UK on Twitter.

 

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

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SAVES Project Concludes First Year with Success

ESN International news - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 16:39

Energy-saving project engages 25,000 students in 5 countries

The first year of the SAVES project has come to an end and with it the Student Switch Off campaigns for the academic year 2014/2015. The SAVES project encourages 25,000 students living in dormitories in five partner countries (UK, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania) to save energy by means of simple everyday actions. The students participate in energy saving competitions throughout the academic year and win prizes. This year 17% of all students signed up to the campaign (over 4,000 students), with hundreds submitting photos to our competitions, and thousands taking part in our climate quizzes.

Overall the students saved an impressive 1.5 million kWh of electricity and over 600t CO2, which equates to an average of 4,44% savings. Congratulations to all the students that made this happen! The result was calculated by comparing the electricity usage at each dormitory in 2014-15 to the electricity usage prior to the Student Switch Off campaign starting. The overall SAVES winner for 2014-15 that saved the most energy throughout the five countries is Teme student dormitory from the University of Worcester, United Kingdom.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University of Worcester, commented:

‘This is fantastic news for our students living in Teme Hall, we are very proud of their achievement. Through their efforts of small changes in behaviours such as not over-filling the kettle each time they made a hot drink, and cooking with the lids on saucepans they have saved the most energy.  This is not just in the UK, but across our partners in Europe.  We are all thrilled. The Students’ Union and University do work together on a many behaviour change campaigns and this result really does help everyone see their efforts and enthusiasm have been worthwhile.  A fantastic result.’

At the national level, the following dormitories have saved the most energy and therefore have been crowned national winners:

  • United Kingdom – Teme (University of Worcester
  • Cyprus – Building 8 (University of Cyprus
  • Greece – Building D (University of Athens
  • Lithuania -   Dorm no.3  (Gulbiu g.8) (Klaipeda State College)
  • Sweden – Olofshöjd 22 (Gothenburg)

Joanna Romanowicz, Project Manager of the SAVES project, said:

‘It’s so exciting to see the project successfully adapted in all our participating countries. Students across Europe have been taking lots of initiative, getting their friends involved and learning more about energy saving actions. For next year we want to build up on this, and continue to make our students feel part of a Europe-wide international Student Switch Off community. Well done to all our students, and in particular students living in Teme dormitory, for all their efforts!’

About SAVES

For more SAVES news, visit the ESN page on SAVES or the project website itself.

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MAPFRE and ESN partner to offer Erasmus students Insurance Coverage

ESN International news - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 10:53

More than 250,000 Erasmus students could benefit from the protection offered under the policy, which covers medical repatriation, hospital accompaniment and medical expenses in the event of illness or accident

MAPFRE and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have signed a travel insurance distribution agreement aimed at European Erasmus students, through its subsidiary MAPFRE ASSISTANCE. This solution comes on the back of rising demand from students for such coverage, and up to 250,000 students can now avail of this insurance, giving them peace of mind so that they can get the most out of their Erasmus experience.

The product can be purchased in 18 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden) as of July 2015 and will gradually be extended to other countries over the course of 2015.

MAPFRE ASSISTANCE will use its online travel insurance platform InsureandGo to offer students which includes medical assistance, repatriation in case of accident, a relative’s travel and accommodation costs if the insured is hospitalized, baggage recovery and a host of other features that make it the ideal solution for today’s Erasmus globetrotters.

The new insurance on offer provides students with multilingual telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as well as guidance and medical advice for any type of query. Students who take out this insurance will also be covered for the theft of personal items such as cell phones and laptops.

To access the insurance policy, students and parents can visit the following link website: http://www.insureandgo.eu

 

 

InsureandGo has been part of MAPFRE ASISTENCIA since 2010 and is a world leader in online travel insurance for individuals. MAPFRE ASISTENCIA, a leading company specializing in assistance, service provision and insurance for specialty risks, offers comprehensive solutions to its clients. With a direct presence in 45 countries, it operates throughout the world and 111.9 million people benefit from its services. MAPFRE is a global insurance company present in 49 countries across all five continents. MAPFRE employs more than 38,000 professionals and services more than 27 million clients worldwide.

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

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Open call: Web Project Internship

ESN International news - Fri, 10/07/2015 - 20:12

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student organisation in Europe. It was founded in 1989, with the aim to support and develop student mobility. Every year, ESN maintains and develops several IT tools such as its intranet ESN Galaxy and its webpage template ESN Satellite.

ESN is looking for a Web Project Intern, so if you are a student or recent graduate in a related field,  send us your CV and motivation letter stating why you want to work on the web projects of ESN at the international headquarters (Rue Hydraulique 15, 1210 Brussels).

Terms and conditions
  • Internship for a duration of 6 months
  • The successful applicant should start ideally at the beginning of September
  • Must have an Erasmus Placement or any Internship Agreement
  • Accommodation at the ESN house in Brussels is provided
  • Transport costs in Brussels are covered 
Required skills and experience
  • Experience with Drupal
  • Structured and reliable way of working
  • Background in computer science, engineering or similar
  • Interest in web development
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Basic knowledge of PHP (advanced knowledge is a plus)
  • Knowledge of MySQL is a plus
  • Knowledge of git is a plus
  • Knowledge of Drupal module development is a plus
  • Knowledge of ESN’s projects and especially its web projects is a plus
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Concretise the functional design of a web project
  • Develop a web platform with Drupal
  • Assist the IT Committee*
  • Assist the office with IT related tasks
  • Assist the Web Project Administrator
  • Write project documentation

 

To apply, please send a short motivation letter and CV to applications@esn.org by Sunday 26 July 2015 23:59 CET. Interviews (via Skype) will be conducted the following week with the shortlisted applicants. 
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding the position.

*The IT Committee of ESN, which works closely with the Web Project Administrator, aims at strengthening the organisation by developing IT systems for the whole network and providing assistance and advice about technological matters in general.

Attachment Files:  2015_07_Open_Call_Web_Project_Intern.pdf
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Open call: Communication and Media Internship

ESN International news - Fri, 10/07/2015 - 20:03

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student organisation in Europe. It was founded in 1989, with the aim to support and develop student mobility. As a European organisation, ESN uses multiple channels to maintain effective internal and external communication with the Network, our partners and stakeholders.

ESN offers a Communication and Media Internship for students or recent graduates to work on our communication projects in 2015/2016 at the ESN international Secretariat (Rue Hydraulique 15, 1210 Brussels).

Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Assisting in all communication-related tasks, such as producing the newsletter, ESN.org, etc., implementation of social media communication, graphic designs and ESN’s online tools
  • Contribute to our internal ESN publications
Terms and conditions
  • Internship for a duration of 6 months
  • The successful applicant should start ideally at the beginning of September
  • Must have an Erasmus+ Placement or any other Internship Agreement / scholarship
  • Accommodation at the ESN house in Brussels is provided
  • Transport costs in Brussels are covered
Required skills and experience
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Creative writing skills
  • Background in communication, media, graphic design or similar
  • Familiar with the concepts of Social Media and online marketing
  • Good knowledge of Adobe software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Precise and organised way of working
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office package
  • Capability of working in a team as well as independently
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment
  • Knowledge of the Erasmus Student Network is a plus
Highly valued
  • Knowledge of photography, video editing and/or animation tools
  • Knowledge of HTML and/or CSS, experience in web design
  • Fluency in other European languages

To apply, please send a short motivation letter, CV and examples of work related to communication and design to applications@esn.org by Sunday 26th July 2015 23:59 CET.

Interviews (via Skype) will be conducted the following week with the shortlisted applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you have any additional questions regarding the position.

Attachment Files:  2015_07_Open_Call_Communication_Intern.pdf
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ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation sign Memorandum of Understanding

ESN International news - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:47

The cooperation is expected to serve the needs of youth, student and educational travellers worldwide

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Europe’s largest student organisation, and the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, the global not-for-profit organisation which represents the global youth, student and educational travel industry, announce today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to deepen the cooperation between the two organisations. ESN has also become a member of WYSE Travel Confederation.

I’m extremely happy and proud to sign this MoU between ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation, an organisation with whom we share many values,” said: Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network. “As more and more young people get the opportunity to study, travel, work and volunteer abroad, it is in our mutual interest to ensure that their experiences are not only unforgettable and life-changing, but also safe and of high quality. ESN is therefore delighted to be able to represent young people and students within such an influential organisation as WYSE Travel Confederation.

Both ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation work with the aim of serving the youth, student and educational population, facilitating access to international education, travel and work opportunities as well as experiences. The ESN network annually serves over 190.000 international students in Europe, while members of the WYSE Travel Confederation serve 30 million young travellers worldwide; together the organisations aim to cooperate in order to improve the youth tourism sector and assist the industry in understanding the needs and preferences of young people.

Together ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation are planning to collaborate on enriching the content of events such as the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry, and the ESN Annual General Meeting (AGM), an event gathering over 700 student representatives from all of ESN’s 37 member countries.

David Chapman, Director General at WYSE Travel Confederation, added: “We are delighted to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Erasmus Student Network. We look forward to working with our new member and partner to bring students together with the travel organisations that serve them to ultimately enhance the young traveller experience.

As part of our joint activities, ESN will be coordinating a panel of international students for our ‘The student traveller offline’ seminar at WYSTC 2015 in Cape Town this September. During the session, the students will have the opportunity to articulate their travel preferences and desires, plus discuss how the economy and social media inform their lifestyle and consumer decisions and vice versa, to an audience of travel industry professionals from across the globe.

The organisations are also planning to cooperate on research and projects aiming at facilitating international experiences and solving challenges faced by young people today. Lastly, the cooperation also aims at offering young people career development and employment opportunities through the promotion of opportunities available within the tourism sector.

 

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry. Providing international travel experiences to over 30 million youth and students each year, WYSE Travel Confederation’s global community of over 800 members spans more than 120 countries from a diverse range of sectors.​ For more information visit http://wysetc.org

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN AGH, Poland

ESN International news - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:02

We hope that you have had some time to practice your Polish language skills because after spending last month in Warsaw, we just couldn’t get enough of Poland! So let’s say cześć to the Section in the Spotlight of July, ESN AGH (Akademia Górniczo Hutnicza) from Cracow!

ESN AGH is one year away from celebrating its 10th anniversary. They were founded in 2005, by a group of friends, and the section quickly managed to triple its size. A fast growth means that changes have to be made; the section decided to introduce some structural changes such as a project manager and local committees, which improved the work of the section and made it possible for the members to plan events on a larger scale. Today, ESN AGH is composed of 60 driven members, led by a board of three. This section values passion and motivation and these qualities form the core criteria when recruiting new members. At the end of the recruitment, the new members get to experience an integration camp, full with workshops and team building activities. 

We know that our biggest power is friendship. That's why we organize many events only for our members to integrate and work better in the future.

The section invests in its members during the whole year, believing that motivation and appreciation is the key to hard working members. A reward system has been but to place, where each week, the section rewards people who have stood out with a positive action. This positive vibe is recurring in the work of the section. ESN AGH arranges a variety of activities for their international students; this section has decided to invest time and effort into activities that contribute to or cooperate with the Polish society.

Share Your Christmas is an example of an activity where the international students get to interact with local families, who invite the exchange students to their homes to celebrate a typical Polish Christmas. The members of ESN AGH also take part in social activities, such as sending birthday cards to children who suffer from different illnesses.  Another example of their successful SocialErasmus activities is Erasmus Date Auction, a fundraising event where people bid for a date with one of the exchange student or ESN members. This event managed to gather 1,500€, which the section donated to a charity supporting families in need. 

Other international projects are going strong in this section as well. Mov’in Europe is promoted in different ways and has attracted a lot of attention and interest from local students thinking about going on exchange. The section’s PR team also promotes the ESNSurvey and collects as many responses as possible. Furthermore, ESN AGH uses Eduk8 trainers at their integration camps and they themselves have three members who have participated in this project and are now trainers.

One of the main events of the year has been ESN TEAM, cooperation between ESN sections of Italy and Poland. ESN AGH was one of the sections involved in the organization of this ESN version of the Olympic Games. 15 countries were represented in this tournament, which took place in, you guessed it right, Cracow. Not only were the days filled with different sports activities, but the participants also got the opportunity to get to know Polish culture.  To add to the list of different collaborations, ESN AGH also cooperates with sections from Vienna and Budapest. The regular get-togethers of these three sections are perfect meeting points where exchange knowledge between them takes place. 

ESN AGH shows that teamwork and keeping the ESN spirit alive definitely pays off. Through their border crossing cooperation they are able to give their exchange students a better experience, but also as a section, gain new knowledge. Still, they have not forgotten the importance of paying it back to their own community and uniting people from different cultures.

... maybe we don’t share the same blood, but we definitely have the same, big heart! We act together because we know, that strength lies in unity!

by Jasmine Malla

Categories: ESN International

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ESN International news - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 13:02

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Travel more and easier - with ESN and American Tourister

ESN International news - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 16:53

American Tourister, part of the Samsonite International S.A., will together with the Erasmus Student Network offer Erasmus students access to quality, travel-inspiring luggage and suitcase solutions.

With student mobility steadily increasing, young people find themselves today frequently in need of travelling solutions such as transportation, accommodation, insurance, and more. American Tourister and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have decided to cooperate to assist students with one of these solutions: the safe, comfortable and easy transportation of personal belongings – luggage!

Most of us having done an exchange period abroad know the challenges that student will for certain encounter: everything from finding accommodation to surviving language barriers." said Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN. "It is ESN’s core goal to assist students and facilitate this international process in any way we can. I am therefore extremely happy about our cooperation with American Tourister, through which we will be able to assist international students even further.

 

What can you expect as an international student? American Tourister has decided to offer all ESNcard holders a 20% discount on all its products. The offer is also available to Erasmus students that send a copy of their Erasmus Acceptance Letter to ESN. The offer is available in 16 European countries, requires a minimum purchase order of 69€ and can be accessed on American Tourister’s page on the ESNcard.org website.

In addition High Sierra, Samsonite’s bag and backpack brand, will also be offering students a 30% discount on all its products. The offer is available to any student in the 14 European countries where High Sierra operates, with a minimum purchase order of 39€. Also the High Sierra orders are made through High Sierra’s page on the ESNcard.org website.

 

Founded in 1933, American Tourister has been offering young, dynamic and reliable luggage for over 80 years, setting the standard for fun-loving luggage collections that excel in quality. The colourful products offer fantastic value for money and are available in over 90 countries worldwide, making American Tourister one of the leading luggage brands in the world. Ideal for young, enthusiastic travellers eager to discover the world, American Tourister inspires adventurous people to express themselves, explore new horizons and be ready to set off when life calls. For more information visit http://americantourister.com

 

The sports brand High Sierra® was founded in the USA over 35 years ago by the outdoor fan Hank Bernbaum. High Sierra offers a wide assortment of active outdoor gear, urban backpacks and rugged luggage. Innovation, functionality, design and especially excellent quality for a moderate price are the key characteristics of all High Sierra products. Beyond that, High Sierra focuses on promoting new trendy sports that have influence on the culture and lifestyle of the younger generation.​ For more information visit http://highsierra.com

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

Categories: ESN International

ESN and Pernod Ricard: Partnership Renewal

ESN International news - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 18:05

Erasmus Student Network and Pernod Ricard re-affirm their commitment to raising awareness about the damaging effects of binge drinking among students.

Global wine and spirits producer, Pernod Ricard, and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have once again affirmed their dedication to creating awareness among students about the damaging effects of excessive alcohol consumption, most notably binge drinking. Five years ago the Responsible Party programme was co-developed by Pernod Ricard and the Erasmus Student Network. The programme uses student ambassadors, gadgets and games to spread the message of responsible drinking during parties in a fun and engaging way. This year, marks the 5th anniversary of the cooperation as it was renewed on January 26th by Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, and Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN.

Alcohol abuse, especially binge drinking, has adverse effects on the development of cognitive capacities as well as a myriad of other negative health effects. Considering that the human brain does not stop developing until the age of 25 this suggests extra risk when alcohol is abused by young people. Jonathan Jelves, board member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) said regarding the importance of the project: “It’s surprising to learn that students, even though they drink so much and so often, actually don’t know so much about alcohol which is quite a dangerous combination. So for us that is really the key of Responsible Party, raising awareness and providing information.” Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, shares this point of view and continues by saying that “The Responsible Party is absolutely crucial because many, many young adults, students, across Europe party. And the key point there is to make sure that these parties take place in a responsible environment.”

Through the non-branded partnership, Pernod Ricard offers expertise and resources to ensure a successful implementation of hundreds of Responsible Parties across Europe that reach over 100,000 students every year. ESN on the other hand adds their student ambassadors to the program, in order to achieve a peer-to-peer approach. These ambassadors, called the Party Squad, convey the message of responsible consumption to their fellow students during parties, by using gadgets and fun activities. In order to ensure that they are well prepared and up for the task, Pernod Ricard provides them with a preparatory training tailored to students. 

ESN and Pernod Ricard are glad to continue their collaboration on this ambitious and worthwhile project to ensure the safety of students. Concerning the expectations for the future collaboration with Pernod Ricard Jonathan Jelves  said “we know from Pernod Ricard that they are fully behind the project and our collaboration is better than ever. I can only expect the greatest of things for 2015.

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN SGH, Poland

ESN International news - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 12:47

Section in the Spotlight is this month going big, to the heart of Europe. Let us present the SitS of June, the largest section in Poland: ESN SGH (Szkoła Główna Handlowa) in Warsaw! With over 150 active members, lead by a board of five people, this section reveals its secrets to how it can function with such a large number of members: “In such a big organization, knowledge transfer is crucial for growth and development of the section.”

Let’s go back to the beginning… It all started with an idea formed by a group of students, who wanted to help arriving exchange students. In 2001, they decided to join the ESN family and create a new section: ESN SGH, which is today the fastest growing student organization at Warsaw School of Economics. The section’s main task is supporting exchange students arriving in Warsaw. This they do by organizing a range of different events starting with Orientation Weeks twice a year as well as pairing the international students with Polish “buddies”. ESN SGH also arranges Tandem Courses, where the international students play a key role as native speakers, exchanging information about their own countries, languages and cultures. Furthermore, in order to promote mobility, the section organizes Erasmus Day, in which they, with the help of the exchange students, present possible destinations for local students planning to go on exchange.

 

 

You could say that ESN SGH really has embraced the saying: “mobility is a lifestyle”. The section does not only help the international students during the exchange, they have also thought about the time after the mobility period. One of their newer programs, “Let’s Stay a Bit Longer”, aims to connect the international students to future local employers, in order to give them the chance to do just exactly that… Extend their stay for a bit longer.

ESN SGH has managed to create an image to make the organization stand out for the local students, with several activities planned for them as well. The section organizes different events to promote mobility and participation in exchange programs. There are many different advantages for the members active in ESN SGH; not only do they gain international experience, but thanks to the section’s involvement in the local community, through for example cooperation with local and international companies, the members get to develop their project management, team- and networking skills.

The section’s members are being well looked after; team-building activities are important for a big section like ESN SGH so that the members can get to know each other, but also learn how to work together. The majority of the board members have a specific team working behind them, which means working intensely in the project groups, such as the PR team or Corporate Partners team. Furthermore, each new member is assigned a mentor, an older member, who has been active for longer in the section. Many of the members from the section continue being active on the different levels of the network. The section has produced national board members as well as actives in the national and international committees. Another accomplishment is the organization of an international event, CND Warsaw, which has led up to something even bigger… Warsaw received the prestigious task of organising the AGM of 2016!

 

Moreover, ESN SGH is welcoming any new ideas from members regarding events, trips or projects, both locally as well as at a higher level; ESNcard is an idea born in this Varsovian section, which spread out to the whole network. Other international projects, such as SocialErasmus, are also going strong. Visits to local orphanages, hospitals and primary schools have been appreciated from both the participating students as well as the locals.

All their hard work has paid off and ESN SGH can now proudly say that they are “the second best section of the network” after receiving this prize at AGM Ankara. Team building, mentors, communication and teamwork… How could we sum up the reasons behind the many achievements of this section? ESN SGH seems to have an idea: “ESN SGH is full of innovative ideas, which are constantly pursued. Everything we do, we do with passion, ambition, determination and a touch of fun, as laughing together gets people closer and that is the key to success.

 

by Jasmine Malla

Categories: ESN International

Erasmus+ Train-the-Trainers event in Brussels

ESN International news - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 15:29

On May 18, 2015 one of the first events of the new association ESAA took place: the Erasmus+ Train-the-Trainers event was organised on the premises of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture in Brussels. It was initated by the ESAA Policy Working Group with the idea to give 15 trainees a deeper understanding of Erasmus+, the new programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport.

Six representatives of the European Commission joined the event, as well as an intercultural trainer from the ESAA service provider ICUnet. The aim of the event was to give information to active members about Erasmus+ and help them understand how to pass this information to prospective students, universities, alumni, national agencies and potential employers.

In several interactive sessions the trainees were provided with details about credit and degree mobility, with the focus on main benefits and messages for the students. Also, they learned in a very practical way how to engage new members, to show how mobility affects excellent degrees, employability and cultural competences.

The freshly trained Erasmus+ experts will attend pre-departure events, education fairs as well as at the ESAA kick-off event, in order to share their experience and knowledge!

More information: ESAA website
Categories: ESN International