Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ESN Flag Parade

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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Our ESN-ers among the "elite"

„The organisational system was the best. Very good trainers, and the adequate amount of information made me leave that place with an additional bucket to my knowledge.” - says Claudia, one of our volunteers present at the Erasmus+ training that was held in Bucharest last week.

Here are some insights of last week's events:

1. Bucharest, 8th January, Palace of the Parliament: The Romanian Students Abroad Gala (LSRS -League of Romanian Students Abroad). There were 3 participants from ESN Timisoara: Claudia Petrușe, Oana Liță, and Dana Polacec.
- On this occasion, we would also like to congratulate Antonela Vieriu for receiving the Erasmus Student of the year Award! Antonela is a student at the Faculty of Medicine and Farmacy in Iasi. She was an exchange student at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. 

2. Bucharest, 9th-11th January: ESN Romania with the support of ANPCDEFP (National Agency for Community Programmes in the Field of Education and Vocational Training) organized a training for all the Erasmus+ promoters throughout the country.

Our ESN Timisoara volunteers were present as well: Oana Liță and Dana Polacec (local volunteers), and Claudia Petrușe (national project coordinator).

The training program’s objectives were:
- Promoting the Erasmus+ program, its study and internship mobilities, in the Universities throughout the country;
- Disseminating information about the benefits and opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ mobilities;
- Supporting the Community Program Offices in Universities for the organization and monitoring sessions of Erasmus+;
- Developing the ESN SocialErasmus projects – Erasmus in Schools through informational sessions organized in high schools.

The program was based on training the promoters in Public Speaking, Personal Branding, PR, and keep them up-to-date with the newest information considering Erasmus+ program.


The Erasmus+ promoters team consists of 1-3 volunteers from each ESN section of the country + Craiova Candidate Section (CS). We had the privilege to have a Public Speaking training session led by Paul Ardeleanu, the coaching4you trainer and adviser. At the end of the 2-day training sessions, the promoters had their chance to deliver an original presentation about their Erasmus experience. They received a constructive and an appreciative feedback. It was a new and wonderful experience worth its while. It was a successful training!

Congratulations, girls! We are proud of you! Keep up with the good work.'