Speaking: ESN-member Lies about what ESN Antwerp can do for you
What does ESN Antwerp do for the international students?
Could you tell us a bit more about those online events?
“All the activities are about the opportunity for students to get to know each other and Antwerp. We are hoping to create a safe and fun way to do this and think that participating to get to know each other is a big must for every international that’s arriving right now. The quiz will be about Belgium and Antwerp and the cityrally is a true scavenger hunt. You will get to know all of the hidden spots in our fantastisch city. The gamenight will be organized through Discord and it’s once again our goal to play games together and get to know each other.”
You also have a buddy system. Could you tell us more about that?
“That’s right. With our buddy system, we match international students with local students. This way, Erasmus students are able to ask local students all the questions they might have or they could try and meet up coronaproof. Local students can show the international students around the city, guide them around the school campus, but a buddy could also be useful for banking matters or other important information. A lot of information is not available in English or the native language of the international student… that’s when a local student can help with the translation. Meeting up with one single buddy is easier in these times of the pandemic than meeting up in large groups. Therefore, we think we can provide feasible contacts via the buddy system.”
How will you match those local and international students?
Why should a international student take a buddy, according to you?
Why should a local student be a buddy, according to you?
“It’s always cool to get to know international students! The atmosphere around those students is always very open-minded and adventurous. You will learn about new cultures and gain a lot of knowledge from them. As soon as we are allowed to travel again, you might even have arranged a place to stay abroad through your buddy! ;-)”
Want to know more about the activities and the buddy-system of ESN? Make sure to keep an eye out on their website and Facebookpage. There’s also a Facebookgroup and Whatsappgroup filled with internationals you could join. And if you still have questions, don’t hestitate to contact the board-members by sending them an e-mail. They’re happy to help you!