SocialErasmus is a project of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which is centered around the idea of including international students participating in mobility programs in the manifold volunteering activities of their (new) local community. This helps them to understand the society’s problems and work on solutions, both enriching their international experience abroad and facilitating their integration into the community. SocialErasmus aims to promote a social attitude among international students and provide an opportunity for young people to get to know other realities of life, and to learn how they can contribute their little share to make the world a better place.
SocialErasmus activities are usually organized in a cooperation between a local ESN section and the international students, and fall into the following eight categories: Animals, Disasters, Discrimination, Education, Environment, Health, Poverty and Violence. For example, students may help out at animal shelters, give inspirational talks for children at schools, or initiate raise awareness about discrimination against minorities. You can find an overview over all SocialErasmus events across Europe on the official website!
To focus the SocialErasmus activities all over Europe, ESN regularly holds a SocialErasmus Week. All ESN sections are encouraged to participate in the week and tackle a new project during that time. After the first SocialErasmus Week in 2012 was a big success, it was decided that the SocialErasmus Week will be held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall semester.
SocialErasmus, the AK Erasmus and you!
In recent years, members of the AK Erasmus and international students in Karlsruhe have engaged in different events within the framework of SocialErasmus. For example, we have baked Christmas cookies with refugee children, or we helped out renovating a local animal shelter. We have also participated in “Europa macht Schule”-project, which are technically not ESN projects, but follow the similar idea of bringing Erasmus students and German school students together.
Now how can you become part of this? Well, if you have an idea for a new SocialErasmus activity, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will see if we can turn it into an actual project! If you are an international student willing to participate in the activities that we come up with, just keep an eye on our website or our Facebook page, where we will announce new events! 🙂