The Birth of ESN UniBuc(harest)
The story started in 2009, when a group of brave and innovative girls, fond of international communities, decided it was time to create an ESN section in our capital city. Thus, the founders, Nicoleta Popa, Monica Magaon, Ioana Dudulean, Corina Ioana Matei and Ana Maria Manu started to make history! Things were put into place, and events of all types gained popularity among foreign students living in Bucharest. In only two years, ESN UniBuc became the most active and most sought after NGO that dealt with incoming students in Bucharest.
The Evolution of ESN UniBucharest
In 2013, things started to change with a fresh group of volunteers. They transformed ESN UniBuc in what you see today, an innovative international non-profit student organization. New projects were created, and both generations transformed it into a MUST for the exchange students.
Our projects gained popularity, our parties grew bigger and we managed to organize a significant number of cultural and social events. Also, during these years, we’ve managed to create HUGE national trips together with the other ESN sections in Romania: HiT (Halloween in Transylvania) in the `Land of Dracula` and Escape to Vama Veche, the event that celebrates Labour Day at the seaside.
We focus on helping students integrate in our society by guiding them during their stay, and helping them overcome cultural differences. We think we do a good job by presenting them the meanings of certain Romanian customs, helping them learn our language and organizing events so they can get in contact and socialize.
Our other goal is to promote as much as possible the Erasmus+ programme led by the European Commission.
We focus on:
1. Cultural events:
Cultural events are the best tool to make the Erasmus+ students to get to know our city and culture. We plan visits to the People’s House, The Romanian Peasant Museum, The Village Museum, and we organize workshops about Romanian traditions. The peak of the cultural experience is the Romanian Dinner and it doesn’t lack our famous: palinca (national drink) and sarmale with mamaliguta (traditional food).
2. Socializing events
You all know our massive themed parties & almost every Thursday is an Erasmus party! Themes range from the Masquerade Charity Ball to the Inner Animal Party. All of these events are carefully planned carefully, because we know everyone needs that one moment when they can say „Man, this is MY song!”
Plus, every other Tuesday there is a chance for the Erasmus people to socialize or get competitive by playing Laser Tag or attending one of our social gatherings, such as a Pub Quiz. Also, they can learn a new language in a Tandem or prove their talents during a ‘friendly’ karaoke session.
3. SocialErasmus Events
We encourage active citizenship, wherever you are. Therefore, we’ve collaborated with Let's Do It, Romania! and we've informed the students of the problems our country is facing in order to improve and help the community. Also, we give them the opportunity to tell people about their country’s culture, through the Erasmus in Schools Project.
Our main goal is to make the world a happier place, one step at a time.