SocialErasmus is an international project by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which promotes a social attitude among young citizens participating in mobility programmes, to facilitate their integration into the local community while gives them the chance to make a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. The project goes under the slogan: Leave your mark!
The aim of SocialErasmus is to enrich the international experience of students abroad with volunteering activities that allow them to understand society’s problems and to work on the solutions. SocialErasmus provides an opportunity for international students to get to know other realities and learn how they can contribute to improve society as citizens of the world.
Our mission is to provide young citizens the opportunity to do more with their mobility experience, to make a difference and create a positive social change through volunteering.
Activities that either raise awareness, collect goods or money or take action for one of the causes of SocialErasmus, and have a positive impact for either the local community or society in general, can be labeled as SocialErasmus activities.
The 8 causes
ESN sections care passionately for causes that support the idea of a better world where we live in. This is the main reason why they work hard to organise SocialErasmus activities capable of making a difference through the volunteer work of young citizens.
Twice a year, ESN sections from all over Europe together organise a full week of SocialErasmus activities. International students participating in exchange programs can join ESN volunteers and leave a mark in society, and show that mobility does not only consist of travelling or studying abroad, but also actively engages students in local communities, which fosters a better cultural understanding and inspires international students to come back to their home countries with the will to also make a change there.