For the past 25 years of ESN activity, our volunteers have a proven ability to support an international exchange program. Whether it is about a study program or about an internship abroad, of one of the existing European programs (from Socrates, to Lifelong Learning Programs, and Erasmus+), the main approach is based on a strategy that involves intercultural communication, which forms only one of the advantages of these programs.
In order to prove that the integration of the international students was successfully made even after 25 years of ESN and 27 years of Erasmus, the 37 ESN sections throughout Europe organized a Flag Parade, in the second week of October 2014. In Romania, the parade took place in cities as: Bucharest, Brașov, Cluj, Iași, Sibiu, and Timișoara. Flag Parade is not just a regular ESN event. By organizing such an event, we want to show the world how friendly and advantageous is an international environment. It was also a wonderful opportunity for international students to colourfully represent their countries. In Timișoara the event took place on October 16th. The students gathered in front of West University of Timișoara where they had an amazing time face painting their countries’ flags. Later on, they were parading the University campus. The students spent a part of their day rejoiced in their spontaneity. The national anthem of each of participants’ country resounded through the entire campus.
“It is a parade through which students are willing to promote de multiculturalism of an exchange experiences program. Moreover, it is also the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus Student Network Association”.
“First of all, I am glad to be here and represent my country today together with my friends from Italy and other countries. It is very good to present our culture and I am very glad we have the opportunity to do so.”
“We are here to represent our country in Flag Parade, for Erasmus Timișoara. It’s very nice to see all the countries together like this”.
These were some of the participants’ impressions while being interviewed by the Digi24 TV Post. The students together with our volunteers had a blast of a day!