What is SocialErasmus?
SocialErasmus is an international project by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) that promotes a social attitude among young citizens participating in mobility programmes, to facilitate their integration into the local community while gives them the chance to make a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. The project goes under the slogan: Leave your mark!
The aim of SocialErasmus is to enrich the international experience of young people abroad with volunteering activities that allow them to understand society’s problems and to work on the solutions. SocialErasmus provides an opportunity for international young people to get to know other realities and learn how they can contribute to improve society as citizens of the world.
Our mission is to provide young citizens the opportunity to do more with their mobility experience, to make a difference and create a positive social change through volunteering.
Show the added value of volunteering as a part of a mobility experience through SocialErasmus.
We believe mobility is a life-changing experience through which young citizens are able to broaden their horizon and face realities different from theirs, enabling them to develop as citizens of the world making a contribution to the improvement of society.
ESN volunteers organise SocialErasmus activities that impact every cause and provide a social change.
Twice a year, ESN sections from all over Europe together organise a full week of SocialErasmus activities. International students participating in exchange programs can join ESN volunteers and leave a mark in society, and show that mobility does not only consist of travelling or studying abroad, but also actively engages students in local communities, which fosters a better cultural understanding and inspires international students to come back to their home countries with the will to also make a change there.
This first SocialErasmus Week took place in 2012 and throughout two years was organised once a year. Due to its great success, since 2014 SocialErasmus Week has two annual editions, one in spring and the other in autumn.
How do we contribute to this project at ESN ELTE?
Social Erasmus Week
The greatest organized event of the SocialErasmus project. We participate every year with colorful programmes, helping many causes, educating our exchange students by offering them the option to give back to their host country.
We are proud of being returning visitors at Eleven Team, which is a leading Hungarian organization in the field of special needs pedagogy. Their work involves helping children with learning disabilities through school, giving counsel to concerned parents, and helping entire families find the balance between school, work, and family life. However, their activities are not limited to the above mentioned - their team of experts stand ready whenever children or their parents need their help. ESN ELTE made successful visits at Eleven Team three times already.
Our other beloved programme is Dog Walk Day, which we already organized three times at Ebárvaház a gazdátlanokért. This event is always welcomed with a warm heart, many animal lovers join us, to take stray dogs on a walk from the animal shelter near Budapest.
We are proud to have a fund raising programme every year, with which we want to help good causes. We often combine it with sports like a charity run last year for Mosoly Alapítvány, or a charity football cup for Bárka Foundation.
You can find photos of our previous events in the gallery below.