ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK ZAGREB
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 (ZEC). At the beginning of 2011 ZEC applied for 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. The 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 120 members who are volunteering in 6 different teams. Each volunteer is trying to build a better community while being part of one or two teams. You have the opportunity to choose between the Intercultural Exchange Team, Sport Team, Social Inclusion Team, PR Team, Party Team and Travel Team. The same opportunity is waiting for others every September and you can keep tabs on that on the ESN Zagreb Facebook page and Instagram profile.
President Karla Birkić, Vice-President Antonija-Tonka Oršolić, Treasurer Matija Šušak, and Communication Manager Lucija Fabac are the members holding the positions in the Local Board of ESN Zagreb for 2021/2022. They are working closely with six team Coordinators and seven Board Support members: Human Resource Manager, Project Manager, Webmaster, Partnership Manager, Vice Communication Manager, Education Officer, and Buddy Coordinator.
Each semester our volunteers 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 they connect with international students and the local community in order to enrich society and create the best possible mobility experience.
The Buddy Programme is one of the biggest and most important projects because it directly connects international students with local students - their Buddies - to help them get a hold of important information even before they come to Zagreb. That is why each semester local and incoming students can join in on this opportunity and all they have to do is follow our social media, apply for the programme and wait for the results!
One of ESN Zagreb’s tasks is the promotion of mobility programs, therefore, they regularly organise educational presentations and workshops for the 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! You can contact them via this email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moreover, their hard work is rewarded and recognised by our own international community, and they 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 Assembly of ESN Croatia;
October 2015 - SECM Zagreb;
November 2016 - National Boards Meeting Zagreb;
November 2017 - 8th National Assembly of ESN Croatia;
January 2019 - Communication Meeting for International Erasmus Games;
May 2020 - 16th National Assembly of ESN Croatia.