SocialErasmus is a project of Erasmus Student Network. It aims to involve international students in social and volunteering activities in their host country. The project develops social awareness of students, enhances active citizenship and fosters positive changes in local communities. Moreover it facilitates and promotes volunteering and the social integration of international students while exploring the added value that resides in the diversity.
SocialErasmus offers new ways for international students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and educational systems and enables them to engage in society-beneficial activities bringing them closer to the local communities they live in. Through various activities the project promotes a social attitude towards international students while at the same time, combining formal and informal education with intercultural experiences. By their engagement the students enrich their curricula, gain experiences, knowledge, openness to experience, understanding, and sense of appreciation for Europe.
International students connect to their local community on an interpersonal level and show that mobility does not only consist of travelling or studying abroad, but also active engagement in local communities. International students contribute to the local community, which foster a better cultural understanding and inspire local students to study abroad.
SocialErasmus has eight different non-exclusive pillars which the project focuses on:
Animals: Do you care about animals? From finding a home for abandoned pets, campaigning for their welfare and rights, supporting the wildlife conservation, fighting against animal extinction or protecting endangered species, here you can find different ideas and guidelines on how to organise SocialErasmus activities to help animals.
Disasters: Every year thousands of people are affected by natural and man-made disasters that have disastrous consequences and leave lasting damage that requires years to repair. Whether it is in health, food, shelter, water, technical assistance, sanitation or other areas, any kind of help is extremely needed. Each scenario is different and regardless of the particular skillset and background you have, here you can find different SocialErasmus activities and guidelines on how to help the community in need.
Discrimination: Discrimination has been used as a powerful weapon, encouraging fear or hatred towards others, not only in times of conflict and war but also in people’s everyday life. Whether it is race, culture gender, religion, disabilities or other small differences, individuals who have stood against equal rights will always find an excuse to make a physical or psychological harm in other people. If you stand up for the human rights and the wellbeing of everyone, explore the following ideas and organise SocialErasmus activities against discrimination.
Education: Often being the root of the problem, a lack of education can lead to crime, poverty, drug use and other many social issues. It is urgent to empower society with knowledge and to advocate for better educational conditions and access. From ideas with children to elderly people, here you can find SocialErasmus activities that you can organise in order to contribute for a (better) educated society.
Environment: Environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and environmental degradation are harmful effects of human activity. Research shows that humanity is living unsustainably and that a collective effort is needed to use Earth’s resources at a rate at which they can replenished. You can play an important role by organising SocialErasmus activities that address environmental issues. Explore the following ideas and contribute to a Green world.
Health: Accessibility of healthcare, low education and unhealthy behaviours tied to social traditions and values are some of the reasons why health is also a social issue and not only a medical issue. People with problems related to physical activity and nutrition, underweight or obesity, tobacco, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and birth defects or any other diseases can receive your support if you decide to organise some of the following these SocialErasmus activities.
Poverty: A lack of food or sufficient recourses are, sadly, still ever present in the world. Whether poverty results from your position on the social ladder or external circumstances, it is important that the less-fortunate receive support. In order to relieve famine and reach out to those in need, here you can discover how to organise SocialErasmus activities for this cause.
Violence: Whether it is domestic violence or violence against minorities or sexes, it is never excusable. Stand against the presence of violence in the community by organising SocialErasmus activities is great work for the cause, and here you can find multiple ideas on how to raise awareness or take action to fight physical or psychological violence.
SocialErasmus in Denmark
Danish local sections organize SocialErasmus events throughout the year, with a particular focus on the SocialErasmus weeks. In Denmark, the project is promoted and supervised by the National SocialErasmus Coordinator in cooperation with the SocialErasmus International Team.
Some of the SocialErasmus held in Denmark are:
- ESN Haderslev at Stafet for livet (September 2014)
- ESN Haderslev - Movember Festival (November 2014)
- ESN Odense - Movember (November 2014)
- ESN Haderslev at Stafet for livet (September 2015)
- ESN Odense - Tornbjerg Beyond Borders (November, 2015
- ESN Odense - Cycling without Boarders (November 2015)
- ESN Odense - Movember campaing (November 2015)
On the 2nd of November 2014, the first Local SocialErasmus Coordinators Meeting was held in Odense. In this occasion, members of local sections had the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the project and its benefits.
Erasmus in Schools
ESN Denmark and its local sections have set particular focus on educational activities, such as Erasmus in Schools. This sub-project, allows international students to visit local schools and interact with the Danish youth. This project, which can be adapted to the needs of the involved parties, has the potential to enhance integration and, at the same time, promote student mobility.
Some EiS events made in Denmark are:
- ESN Odense - Erasmus in Schools/Tornbjerg beyond borders (November 2014)