SocialErasmus (SE) is one of the international projects of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Our aim is to involve international students, participating in university exchanges, into social and volunteering activities in their host countries. The project promotes a social attitude among international students, and facilitates their social integration into the local community while exploring the added value that resides in the diversity of Europe. The project goes under the slogan:
Reach higher! Go further! Go social!
The aim of our project is to enrich the stay abroad of international students with the original values of the Erasmus program. An Erasmus exchange is supposed to be an opportunity to get to know new cultures, education systems and to make new unforgettable friendships. And through this, it should be an inspiration for a new perspective on life. SocialErasmus contributes to these opportunities, as well as providing the international students with the opportunity to enrich themselves, the host community, and to add to the variaty of opportunities for those who engage in an Erasmus exchange, conclusively leading to an experience that goes beyond words.
What does SocialErasmus offer?
SocialErasmus offers new ways for international students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and educational systems and enables them to engage in society-beneficial activities bringing them closer to the local communities they live in. Through various activities the project promotes a social attitude towards international students while at the same time, combining formal and informal education with intercultural experiences. By their engagement the students enrich their curricula, gain experiences, knowledge, openness to experience, understanding, and sense of appreciation for Europe.
International students connect to their local community on an interpersonal level and show that mobility does not only consist of travelling or studying abroad, but also active engagement in local communities. International students contribute to the local community, which foster a better cultural understanding and inspire local students to study abroad.
SocialErasmus has three different non-exclusive pillars with the focus on:
- Charity - social activities with a charitable intention.
- Environment - sctivities that promotes environmental thinking or serve an environmental purpose.
- Education - educational activities that integrate international students with the local community.