Monday, April 3, 2017

ESN Timisoara - participating in the training on structured dialogue

ESN Timisoara - participating in the training on structured dialogue 

During the weekend 31st of March – 2nd of April, ESN Timisoara took part in a training on public participation and structured dialogue organized by Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT). The training weekend came as a prerequisite before the first draft of the youth strategy for Timis County has to be written.

The main aim of the training was to show the youth associations how they can address to important stakeholders and authorities in issues regarding youth policies using the structured dialogue and three possible methods of public participation. At the moment, the only way of structured dialogue from our county is in the form of public debates that can be held at the Consultative Council for youth from Timis County.

Moreover, the trainer from FITT, Mirela Lupu, argued that public participation represents the right, modality, place, opportunity and support of youth to participate to debates with local authorities in taking the decision and influencing these decisions regarding youth policies. She also presented to the participants three methods of public participation: photo voice, world café (‘cafeneaua publică’) and living library (‘biblioteca vie’).

In the training participated students from different organizations from Timisoara. The present organizations were: Asociatia de la 4 (A4), Basarabean Students Organisation (OSB), Students Organisation from the West University (OSUT), Center for Personal and Professional Development (CDPP), Timis County Youth Foundation and Erasmus Students Network Timisoara. All volunteers showed a lot of enthusiasm and they were involved in the discussions as this was a quite new topic of interest. Also, a strong collaboration between these representing NGOs is expected.

Therefore, during 3rd-9th April 2017, NGOs 
from Timisoara and FITT will be working together and write the resolution of youth strategy for Timis County respecting the characteristics of structured dialogue.  They will try to formulate the main solutions regarding youth policies in Timisoara. This time, the voice of youth will be listened and taken into consideration by important executives of the Timis County.

This article was written by Iasmina Alstani

Sunday, April 2, 2017

T.R.I.P Conference

T.R.I.P Conference 

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2016, ESN Timişoara participated in T.R.I.P. Conference (Trauma and Resilience in the Post-Institutionalization of Children and Youth in the Social Protection System).

During the two days of the conference people who grew up in disadvantaged areas, but who have managed to chart a future professional and personal success shared their stories with the youngsters attending the meeting. 

In the presence of President of Timiş County Council, DGASPC and other local officials have discussed issues related to social impact in orphanages, combating poverty, school dropout of children from vulnerable backgrounds. Also, the opportunity of decentralization institutions was discussed and the problem of trusting NGOs working in this area.

In his speech, Ion Ursu presented the way the County Council and County Neamţ DGASPC involved and support the work of subordinated shelters. With experiences of volunteering in Nepal, he described briefly the social system in Romania.

The conclusions of the discussions were summarized in a report and proposals for improvements will be made to reality after leaving the special protection system. Subsequently, this report will be sent to A.N.P.C.A. Romanian Government and the Council of Europe to be analyzed in the special departments of the mentioned institutions.

The event was organized by Rendo Bot and another students, all young people who grew up in an institutional framework. 

ESN Timisoara was also present and took part in the discussions. 

This article was written by Larisa Lichi and edited by Iasmina Alstani

Monday, January 2, 2017

Cold but Still Beautiful Danube

And so we went on another amazing trip…. Wait, let me forward a couple of lines!

“ESN Timisoara has the pleasure to invite you all to spend a wonderful day discovering a little bit more of the Romanian culture and beautiful landscapes on the blue Danube.  And that’s how the Cruise on the Danube started. From the very beginning, the students were excited to see our Romanian side of blue Danube and that’s how we ended up with more than 50 subscriptions in the first night after we had posted the event.

Finally, the most expected day arrived: the day of the amazing trip with international people. We gathered early in the morning and as sleepy as we were we knew we would have an incredible day.  STOP right there! Incredible, but freezing day I mean. Yes, I could not help myself continue without writing down this tiny detail. I share this with you because the majority of our “Latin colleagues” (and I am talking about Spanish, Italians and Portuguese, our most common “guests”) don’t experience negative temperatures at home or worse, they haven’t seen snow in their life.  And so the trip with freezing temperatures started.  

As we arrived at Sarmisegetuza Ulpia Traiana and we got out of the bus, the cold hit our faces. Most of us met a very furry friend, a dog that was colder than us all and that was waiting for some affection from the lovely Erasmus. The walk along the old Dacian ruins was one of the most expected parts of the trip. The students listened carefully to all the guide’s explanations in order to refresh their memory with the history of our ancestors.

When we finished the tour our fluffy friend decided to remain in Sarmis and we had to take off to see the beautiful Danube, the statue of Decebal, Mraconia Monastery, Tabula Traiana and the “boilers” as we call that area of the Danube. After we arrived in Orsova, we went to warm up a bit and eat before the most expected cruise.

As we stepped on the boat ESN had a very special and sweet treat for our foreign friends: vişinată (a very sweet liquor made of sour cherries) and dulceataţă pe pâine bread with marmalade. Our Erasmus buddies loved the treat and were more excited to see what the Danube had to offer. They didn’t even mind the cold wind and they went on the deck to chat and enjoyed the surroundings.

All in all, the trip was a success and even if outside was really cold everybody had fun, made new friends and got closer from each other.

Article written by Marina Niculescu
Edited by Iasmina Alstani

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Then what about Erasmus+?

Then what about Erasmus+?

Are you a student with wanderlust? Do you like studying but still feel that you want something new in your life? Do you like travelling but your budget is limited? If your answers are yes, then what about applying for an Erasmus+ scholarship? Trust me, it’s worth it! I am already at my 3rd Erasmus+ mobility and since I left home for academic purposes my life has changed considerably.

But wait! Do you know what Erasmus+ is? Well, it’s an incredible program for students from all over Europe and some other partner countries. It is addressed to students from all cycles of study (BA, MA, and PhD.) that want to go and study abroad for one or two semesters. Is this reason not enough? Then read this carefully. The European Commission helps students by offering a grant. In this way it encourages learners even more to benefit from an Erasmus+ mobility, which would broaden our horizon, would improve our personal and professional abilities and would have a lot of influence upon us. And this is just a part. Think about all the international people you’ll make and with whom you are going to travel here and there and not last, all the kitchen parties. I am sure you’ve heard of them. You know that the university years are the best of your life, don’t you? Then why not making them even greater? Remember that you are young, beautiful and at this age you CAN do whatever you want. Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself for more!

And I still haven’t told you all. There are too many benefits and you should experience them on your own, but let me share some of mine with you. When I look back to my study semesters abroad in Germany and Austria, I remember of my favourite teachers, my amazing USA History classes, the wonderful greetings and congratulations from my American, German or Austrian teachers. And trust me, I do not exaggerate! This is what actually happened. I am not the best student in the world, but when I love what I study, I unconsciously show my dedication through my behaviour and comments. Also, the simple fact of contributing with another cultural perspective comments during classes brought me my teachers’ appreciation. You cannot compare the feelings of passing an exam at your home university with the pumping heart you have before an exam abroad. It’s simply different!

So, have you decided? Have I given you enough reasons for going to study abroad? If so, then I can only say: choose a flag and pack your bag because <Once Erasmus, always Erasmus!>.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Eduk8 Starter in Timisoara – 20-28 February, 2016

Do you want to become a trainer? Guess what, we’ve got the right resources for you!

Timisoara will be the city of fame starting this February because this is where the first edition of Eduk8 Starter’s grant year will take place!

Timisoara is a city of roses and parks, also known as the „Little Vienna” because of its architectural character and vibrant cultural life. The city is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, museums and a buzzing nightlife. A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara was the first city in Europe to use electricity to illuminate its public streets! It is one of the most attractive urban areas of Romania, built around a series of beautiful public squares and lavish gardens. Even in winter a walk in one of its parks is truly charming. The downtown pedestrian area is a must if you find yourself in Timisora. And we hope you will, because between February 20th and 28th, 2016, the first edition of this year’s Eduk8 starter will happen.

Eduk8 is ESN’s international training project, which aims to empower ESN members to allow them to perform better in their ESN daily tasks. Also Eduk8 aims to create a pool of Trainers empowered with the tools and knowledge needed to educate and develop fellow members in the network. Every day ESN’ers all over Europe, work hard to support and develop our colourful network and while doing so they gain new skills and competences. These skills and competences can be hard to identify and put words to and that is where Eduk8 can make a difference. Eduk8 facilitates activities where underlying soft-skills can be identified and where participants can share know-how and learn from one another in a structured, conscious, and fun way.

The Eduk8 Starter Timișoara’s edition had received 95 complete application forms, and only 50 ESN’ers were the luckiest ones to be selected. With the help of ESN Timișoara’s volunteers and Eduk8’s trainers, we guarantee that you’ll have the most interactive training ever. The participants will have so much fun, will learn a lot one from another, and will pass on their knowledge to others. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dancing the Erasmus away

             If you ever wondered what's new in Timisoara and how international students cope with their Erasmus life, you have come upon the right page. We have your answer: on June 3rd, in West University of Timisoara's main hallway, our Erasmus students together with our volunteers managed to promote the mobility and the idea of interculturalism with some dance moves. The Biggest Erasmus Flashmob happened that day, and we had a blast!

It all has started with the sound of violine played by former ESN Timisoara's President and present ESN Romania's Vice President -- George Apostolescu, while our choreographer and friend Mohamed Irkousi (a.k.a Hamade)started to show off his contemporary dance moves on Avicii's Hey Brother song that you could hear in the background. Other students began to join Hamade and thus our flashmob has begun. It might sound easy, but we actually had some work to do to make this happen.

         The first one to come with the idea was our Vice President - Claudia Petruse, who fought hard to make this the best flashmob ever. Her idea was supported by White Steps Dance School and Hamade, who taught us the moves and was by our side at every single rehearsal out of 5 we had in total. At the very event there were aproximately 30 persons who took part in the flashmob -- Erasmus students, a couple of dancers from White Steps, and our ESN Timisoara volunteers. The aim of this flashmob was to promote and encourage the Erasmus+ mobility, as well as interculturalism. The evnt was also supported by West University of Timisoara's Department of International Relations.

We are thankful to every single person that supported and helped! Cheers! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

ESN Timisoara's Champions

       After winning the first edition of ESN Team in February in Sibiu, West University of Timisoara's Erasmus Students represented Romania in Krakow, Poland from were they have returned with a trophy!

       Krakow hosted this year the international ESN Team Championship, which took place during March 26-29. ESN Team is the biggest sports competition on an international level intended for Erasmus Incoming students of a college-degree education from the Erasmus+ members counties. With this occasion, Romania was represented by ESN Timisoara volleyball and football teams formed out of UVT Erasmus Incoming students. The two teams won first place and the ESN Team 2015 Trophy for football, and third place for volleyball. Our students ran against teams from 12 other European countries. Romania's Team won with a score of 4:0 with Esthonia, but only after winning Lithuania, ESN Allstars, and Denmark. 

ESN Team is an European project dedicated to Erasmus students, and seeks to promote sports activities among Erasmus students and ESN volunteers. ESN Timisoara Team participants were students from the Latin countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal).
The Champions were expected back home with a surprise Romanian-themed party to celebrate their victory. Congratulations, guys!! We are very proud of you!