In the capital of Croatia, the city of Zagreb, is where you can find the first Croatian ESN section.
ESN Zagreb was founded in October 2010, as Zagreb Exchange Committee. In the beginning of 2011 ZEC applied for the membership in the Erasmus Student Network and its full membership was approved at CNR Tartu on July 4, under the name Erasmus Student Network Zagreb. Founders and the first Local board of ESN Zagreb were Morena Šimatić as the President and Tena Osrečak as the Vice-President.
Today, ESN Zagreb has over 80 members who are volunteering in 6 different teams. Each of them is trying to build a better community while being part of one or two teams. At the recruitment they had the opportunity to choose between the Intercultural Exchange Team, Sport Team, Social Inclusion Team, PR Team, Party Team and Travel Team. Same opportunity is waiting for others in September and you can keep tabs on that on the ESN Zagreb Facebook page and our Instagram profile.
President Rebeka Dajak, Vice-President Lucci Varenina, Treasurer Monika Kolić, and Communication Manager Sara Vrban are the members holding the positions in the Local Board of ESN Zagreb for 2020/2021. They are working closely with six team Coordinators and five Board Support members: Human Resource Manager, Project Manager, ESNbuddy Coordinator, ESNcard Coordinator, and Webmaster.
Each semester our members organise a great number of diverse and educational activities for the incoming students in Zagreb which aim to help them connect with each other during their stay, get to know the local culture, everyday life and the beauty of nature in Zagreb and Croatia. Through different events such as International Dinner, Language Table, visits to retirement homes and shelters, all kinds of sports activities like bubble football, rugby and bouldering, trips to various destinations in Croatia, karaoke, and much, much more we connect with international students and local community in order to enrich our society and create the best possible mobility experience.
Buddy Programme is one of our biggest and most important projects because it directly connects international students with local students—their Buddies—to help them get a hold on important information even before they even come to Zagreb. That is why each semester our local and incoming students can join in on this opportunity and all they have to do is follow our social media.
One of our tasks is the promotion of mobility programs, therefore, we regularly organise educational presentations and workshops for our local community in order to get them familiar with different possibilities of studying, volunteering or working abroad as well as holding workshops on how to write a motivational letter and CV or how to apply for Erasmus+ scholarship.
ESN Zagreb is here for everyone who wants to study locally or internationally, or simply wants to help out! Contact us via our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moreover, our hard word is rewarded and recognised by our own international community, and we have won many awards, such as SeCoSTAR for the best ESN Section Cooperation (ESN Lisbon + ESN Zagreb) in 2015, mobilitySTAR (for the best Mov’in Europe event MEekend) and Section in the Spotlight award by ESN International (Network Committee) in 2017.
National and international events organised by ESN Zagreb so far:
- September 2012 – Council of National Representatives Zagreb
- November 2013 – South-Eastern European Platform Zagreb
- November 2014 – 5th National Platform of ESN Croatia
- October 2015 – SECM Zagreb
- November 2016 – National Boards Meeting Zagreb
- November 2017- 8th National Platform of ESN Croatia
- January 2019 - Communication Meeting for International Erasmus Games
- May 2020 - 16th National Platform of ESN Zagreb
Coming soon: November 2020 - Central European Platform- Canceled :(