Twice a year ESN hosts the National Boards Meeting (NBM), where national board delegates from all the ESN countries meet up as well share knowledge and best practices. The event consists of many small sessions where the knowledge sharing takes place. Especially the multiple meet your colleagues sessions, e.g. where the presidents of the different countries meet and have workshops relevant to their position.
This time the NBM was held from 28th to 31st of May in Thessaloniki, Greece. The work done by the OC was amazing; everything was well-planned and worked smoothly.
The Viking network was represented by our president, Michael Nørholm Truelsen and treasurer, Evelina Petrova.
Thursday: Arrivals, tour and socializing
Thursday was arrival day. The Organizing Committee (OC) had arranged guided tours in the afternoon for the participants that arrived early. After dinner, they had organized a boat trip on the seaside with a stunning view of Thessaloniki moreover, a surprise for the four participants who had a birthday during the event, with an awesome birthday cake to celebrate.
Friday: Opening, conference and cocktail party
The NBM officially started on Friday with a conference on Internships and youth employment. After the conference, there were two workshops to choose between Leadership and The new challenges of teamwork. Our Eduk8'er and president, Michael was facilitating the latter. The first meet your colleagues session was also held Friday afternoon along with a few presentations.
For the evening program, the OC had prepared a great cocktail night at a nice rooftop bar.
Saturday: Small sessions and EuroDinner
The program for Saturday was packed with small sessions, to name a few, there were grants for national boards, where through a practice project we learned how project grants can be used on the national level. Another one we participated was the National Youth Councils, where there was knowledge sharing between the different countries on how to cooperate with the national youth council.
This evening program of Saturday was the EuroDinner followed by a disco party at a club.
Sunday: Closing of the NBM
Sunday was the closing of the NBM, there were two rounds of small sessions among the topics were section cooperation and alumni cooperation with the national level. After the official closing of the NBM, the OC had planned a guided tour around the city and in the evening there was a taverna night.
Monday: Extended program
Monday was an extra day with an extended program for the participants who stayed a day longer. The program consisted of a visit and tour at a winery along with a wine tasting. The afternoon was spent relaxing at the beach Halkidiki.