ESN Rijeka was founded in 2012.
The road has been long, but the section has grown from a crew of very few people to a well-organised team of 30 motivated members who take their tasks seriously. One of our strong points is shared tasks and cooperation so that all of our members are kept active and involved.
Since we started with only a dozen Erasmus students, we now receive around 100 each semester and our schedule is always full of events. Most popular are theme parties such as The Voice, Supertalent, Eurovision, and Oscars Farewell party, but more relaxed evenings like Bar Games and Pub Quizzes get great attendance, as well as sports events.
To join us, it’s needed to go through the recruitment process, for which CV and a Motivational Letter are required, followed by an interview, which helps us understand the motivation and expectations behind the candidate’s application. If accepted in this round, the candidate has to prove their activity to become an active member. Active participation is a must, accompanied by positive energy and a friendly attitude towards other members.
Our Local Board consists of three members
the president (Ivana Medved), vice president (Rea Škuflić) and treasurer (Giovanna Dashi), while the coordinators' positions are Communication Manager, Social Inclusion, Event, Responsible Party, Partnership, Buddy and Mov'in Europe. Except for the Communication team, Rijeka has decided to give up on teams in order to avoid exclusiveness, and motivate everyone to participate in all the activities. For that reason, we assign an OC for each event, which in addition makes the coordinator's job much easier.
Our biggest support comes from the University of Rijeka and currently, we are working on making partnerships and getting sponsorships.
We also closely cooperate with student and other organisations, some of which are Student Assembly of Rijeka (with which we cooperate during various fairs and festivals), Regional Youth Informative Center (together we organize mobility and culture-oriented activities), Udruga Žmergo (that aims to preserve the environment, protect natural and cultural heritage and promote sustainable development) and student radio Radio Sova, which not only reports on the activities of ESN Rijeka but also airs a show which hosts Erasmus students on a weekly basis.
We strive to motivate our members to develop themselves and grow, so we try to send them to as many international events and educations as possible. Therefore, in the last year, we send around 10 of our members to the National Platforms in Osijek and Split, and we are proud to have the next platform in Rijeka, where our members will participate as volunteers and gain new knowledge firsthand. Furthermore, three of our members attended the Central European Platform 2018 in Olomouc, and two will attend the AGM Thessaloniki in April, while one member was at the Mov’in Europe Coordinators Meeting in Zagreb, and two participated in the National Training at Sljeme.
Regarding involvement on the national level, one member was in the Organising Committee of Croatian Erasmus Event 2018, and 3 were there as a photographer/videographer and volunteers. As for the international level, one member is a candidate member of ComCom Press Team.
What has the section achieved throughout the seven years?
We’re proud of organizing several national and international meetings, especially since most of these were envisioned and fulfilled with a small number of very motivated individuals! Most worth mentioning would be organising the National platform of ESN Croatia in Rijeka and LevelUp training in 2013, the Central European Platform of the Erasmus Student Network in 2015, and the National Platform of ESN Croatia in 2016.
We are also proud to mention that at the Croatian Erasmus Event 2017, two members of the Organising Committee and more than half of volunteers were from ESN Rijeka, and as mentioned above, 2018’s CEE was also a party in the hands of our volunteers.
Being a relatively small section in a small town means a stronger connection not just among ESNers but also with incoming students, from whom the section gets very positive feedbacks on hospitality, helpfulness and a friendly attitude. Being an ESNer doesn’t only mean being a buddy, it means being a friend and somebody to rely on, and that is what students in Rijeka get from our section.
ESN Rijeka has won plenty of awards at the National Platforms, but was also announced as a Section in the Spotlight for the event Cups for Cuba in 2017, and was awarded inclusionSTAR at AGM Costa Brava 2018 for Erasmus Human Library.
Keep up with ESN Rijeka
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