Building Up

ESN Osijek was established on 18 December, 2012. 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 realised how supportive and amazing work they are doing really is. That is how the idea of establishing ESN Osijek was born. 

ESN Osijek was officially recognized at National Platform 2012 and we started working immediately after the establishment. Our first Local Board was established in 2012/2013  when the six major functions in ESN Osijek were given meaning. Ines Komić became the first President of ESN Osijek, Tanja Slijepčević became the Vice-Preseident, Kristina Repušić Local Representative, Sonja Srdanović Treasurer, Renata Matijašević Secretary and Sanja Merčep PR.  ESN Osijek was working very hard to stand on its feet, especially because there were not so many incoming students in Osijek (cca 35 per year). This Local Board remained in the leadership of ESN Osijek for two years, after which the new Board candidates were educated to take place.

The new Local Board came in August 2014, after the first recruitment of ESN Osijek, and has continued working  hard  to promote and share the core values of ESN. With Nikola Ploskonka as President, Petra Lang as Vice-President and PR, Mario Garić as Secretary and Sebastijan Dumančić as Webmaster and Local Representative, ESN Osijek started broaden horizons in our small community, promote mobility, and tried to improve opportunities of our students and help them to take their first step abroad.  Soon after the establishment of the new Board, second recruitment of ESN Osijek took place in which 15 new members joined ESN Osijek and continued to cast a new light on mobility with us.

On Board in Charts

 
1. Local Board 2012/2013
President: Ines Komić
Vice – President: Tanja Slijepčević
Local Representative: Kristina Repušić
Secretary: Renata Matijašević
Treasurer: Sonja Srdanović
PR: Sanja Merčep
 
2. Local Board 2013/2014
President: Ines Komić
Vice – President: Tanja Slijepčević
Local Representative: Kristina Repušić
Secretary: Renata Matijašević
Treasurer: Sonja Srdanović
PR: Sanja Merčep
3. Local Board 2014/2015
President: Marin Medved
Vice-President: Petra Lang
Local Representative: Sebastijan Dumančić
Secretary/Treasurer: Tajana Mohnacki
PR: Petra Lang

 

4. Local Board 2015/2016

President: Marin Medved

Vice-President: Hrvoje Grganović 

Secretary/Treasurer: Tajana Mohnacki  

   

Up and Running

Even though ESN Osijek is newly founded section, during our short existence we have been trying to make interesting events for our Erasmus students as well as for our community with the aim of involving international students in to social and volunteering activities. The project  SocialErasmus that promotes a social attitude among international students and facilitates their social integration into the local community while exploring the added value that resides in the diversity in Europe, amazingly stroke home for our Erasmus Students and ESN Osijek have been working to Reach higher, Go further and Go social ever since.

Since there is not so many International Students in Osijek, after a few great collaborations with other student organizations, such as AIESEC, IAESTE and ELSA, we decided to put our best foot forward and organize a charity party to help those in need during Easter time. In light of World Autism Awareness Day, the 2nd of April 2013, ESN Osijek showed its social side and helped those who need it the most. In that way, not only were we helping the Association with financial support, but we are also spreading awareness about this disorder. Considering that AIESEC and IAESTE had few interns from other countries as well, the party was a great success with an interesting international crowd. Ever since ESN Osijek contributed to the SocialErasmus project throughout SocialErasmus Week, SocialErasmus National Event and Erasmus in Schools workshops and we are doing our best to continue engaging our Erasmus family in the local community, to raise awareness of the controversial issues, and to promote multicultural attitude in Osijek. The biggest charity pillar in Osijek marked our Christmas 2014 because ESN Osijek organised burly Christmas Fundraising Karaoke Party for Children in Children’s Home Klasje. Together with AIESEC Osijek, IAESTE Osijek, ELSA Osijek, IEEE Student Branch Osijek, more than 200 people contributed in the multicultural crowd of ten nations. Because of our hard work and successful workshops during the SocailErasmus Week Autumn 2014, ESN Osijek was honorary awarded for the Section in the Spotlight during the 5. National Platform in Zagreb that was held from 28 - 30 November 2014.

Besides the thematic-educational events, in the light of ESN 2014 flagship project Mov’in Europe, ESN Osijek, along with the support to international students, pursues another important mission: to promote mobility itself. Besides the Erasmus in Schools lectures for the High school graduates, ESN Osijek promotes mobility through several others guest and self-organised lectures and events within the J.J.Strossmayer Univesity of Osijek, such as: Tjedan mobilnosti studenata (Students Mobility Week) , BUDI UZOR®/39. INOVA® (Be Example), Global village, Sajam kultura (Fair of Cultures), Smotra Sveučilišta (University Fair) and others. By contributing in ESN Researches and Projects such: ESN Survey, PRIME, STORY, ExchangeAbility, MapAbility, ErasmusIntern, Erasmus Impact Study, and others, we came to the conclusion that there are still strong barriers to mobility: academic barriers, family barriers, financial barriers, psychological barriers and social barriers. Throughout our work we experienced the real-life mobility, we have the approach to different Institutions at our University to address the issues of our students, and we are willing to paint Osijek Erasmus!

A Hive of Activities

  • Traditional Welcome Week for our Incoming Erasmus Students
  • Buddy Programme

Education for our members:

  • National Platforms (Split, Zadar, Zagreb, Osijek, Novi Sad) 
  • Central European Platforms (Ostrawa, Rijeka)
  • Annual General Meetings (Milano, Ankara) 
  • Council of National Delegates (Plovdiv)
  • SocialErasmus Coordinators Meeting (Zagreb) 
  • STORY Final Conference (Bruxelles) 
  • IT Summer Training (Bruxelles) 
  • Teambuildings

Contact ESN Osijek

E-mail: info@esnosijek.hr

ESN Osijek Facebook page

Office: Studentski Centar Osijek

Istarska 5, room 20
 
HR- 31000 Osijek