"Everything started with a group of wanderlust students who experienced the beauty of travelling and learning from other cultures. During their Erasmus experience, some of them came in touch with ESN sections and that is how on the 18th of December 2012, our section was born."
As stated above, ESN Osijek was officially recognised at the National Platform held in 2012 and started working immediately after the establishment. Our first Local Board was established in 2012/2013 when the six major functions in ESN Osijek were founded. With a lot of hard work, section was able to stand tall and slowly became what it is today – working on broadening horizons in our small community, promoting mobility and improving opportunities for our students in taking their first steps abroad.
Even though we are a small section, with around 20 members per year, we are doing great things! So far, we have had four of our section members as a part of the National Board and one of them as a candidate for the International Board. Our current Local Board consists of the President - Tina Kristina Katava, Vice-President - Nives Kozjan, Treasurer - Matija Grgurić and PR - Katarina Fekete, who work closely with the Local Coordinators.
Our two biggest partners are our University of J. J. Strossmayer and Youth Council of our region (Osječko-baranjska). This collaboration enables us to improve our ESN skills and improves the Erasmus experience of our incoming students.
We, of course, cooperate with many other associations, which are not just involved in students’ work. Among many of them are: Association “Bubamara” (Ladybug) that works with people with Down syndrome, Association “Mogu” that is involved in therapeutic horseback riding, Info-centre “Proni”, IAESTE, Children’s’ home “Klasje” etc.
All the activities we organise on a daily basis are focused on the Erasmus students, on integrating them in everyday life in Osijek. Every semester starts with the Welcome Week. Last year, we started a tradition of expanding the Welcome Week to two weeks filled with different activities through which our Erasmus students meet ESN, our city and make new friends. Among the most popular are Meet your ESN section presentation, Pub Crawl, Photo Hunt, Karaoke night and visit to the animal shelter.
Apart from the Erasmus students that come to our city, we are also focused on educating and providing information to the youth in Osijek through different workshops and events regarding mobility, Erasmus programme etc.
Recently, we had our first Section Cooperation with ESN Zadar. A project financed by the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA). It was a two-day event organized with the aim of promoting the 30 years of Erasmus + programme and it was held in Zadar from 20th to 21st of October 2017.
This year, 2018, Osijek will be the host of the 12th National Platform of ESN Croatia and this will be the second time an NP is held in Osijek (first one was in December 2015).
Contact ESN Osijek
Office Adress: Studentski Centar Osijek Istarska 5 (room 20) HR- 31000 Osijek