On April 8th 2016, hundreds of young volunteers will have the opportunity to make a difference in Warsaw during the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Annual General Meeting (AGM), the largest student conference of its kind in Europe focusing on the theme of mobility.

As mobility does not only consist of traveling and studying abroad, ESN has been implementing SocialErasmus since 2010: a project that involves young citizens during their mobility experience through volunteering activities that take social action and foster change in the society. SocialErasmus aims to enrich the international experience of young people abroad with volunteering activities that allow them to understand society’s problems and to work on the solutions, and provides an opportunity for international young people to get to know other realities and learn how they can contribute to improve society as citizens of the world.

During the International Infomarket, the most comprehensive study fair organised in Poland that will be held on the campus of Warsaw School of Economics on the 8th of April, SocialErasmus will be manning a stand where it will be possible to not only to learn more about the project and the great opportunities it provides to international students, but where it will be also possible to deliver postcards with words of encouragements that will later be given to hospitalized children.

The objective of this initiative is to provide AGM participants the chance to take part in SocialErasmus in Warsaw, the host city of the event, and to have a positive impact on the local community.

After AGM, on the 20th of April, ESN volunteers will gather Erasmus+ participants living in Warsaw and, with the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities, our partners for this initiative, will visit a local children’s hospital to deliver the postcards and spend some time with the kids. This group of young volunteers will organize cultural visit full of fun, including presentations about countries, colouring books with famous landmarks of their countries and other activities.

Every year, more than 3000 social activities are organised by ESN volunteers all over Europe as part of the SocialErasmus project, engaging more than 20 000 international students. This initiative in Warsaw will enable young people to experience something new and gain an all-encompassing new perspective on internationalisation and its impact on society.

 

About the Erasmus Student Network:

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. Present in more than 500 Higher Education Institutions from 38 countries, ESN is the key volunteer student organisation in international higher education in Europe and provides opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of SHS - Students Helping Students.

You can find more information about ESN and SocialErasmus here:

www.esn.org

www.socialerasmus.esn.org

https://www.facebook.com/socialerasmus

National Trainings of ESN Lithuania Survival KIT Vol.4 is here! Don‘t be confused – this event is not about lectures and your typical way of studying. This is about non-formal education, sharing, learning, getting to know each other, feeling international atmosphere and spreading ESN spirit.

Date: 
14/11/2015 - 10:00 to 15/11/2015 - 17:00

The project “Erasmus in Schools” was not new for the ESN Lithuania but this year we decided to make it more visible and massive. The team’s aim was to visit schools from all over Lithuania, especially in small cities and villages. As a result, almost 60 schools have been visited in one academic year. What is more, the members of Erasmus Student Network were enthusiastic about spreading mobility for the youth communities of schools.

All the preparations for making these visits more useful united SocialErasmus coordinators of local sections, ESN members and incoming Erasmus students from different countries. This beautiful team made the project unforgettable and useful for every young people as they were well informed about the program.

Some impressions from different sections of the ESN Lithuania:

ESN KTU: The pupils raised their awareness of ERASMUS+ program and its opportunities. They had a chance to ask questions about studying in KTU, scholarships and which countries are the best for ERASMUS studies. Students and pupils gathered to listen to the international students’ experience of studying and living here in Lithuania, cultural differences and many other interesting issues. Foreigners together with pupils were communicating in an informal environment. 

ESN LEU: This project gave students a wonderful chance to represent their country and its most interesting facts. All their presentations were different in some way: some showed a video about their country or town, some taught some words in their native language, some presented the most famous people who are known worldwide, some listed scientists' inventions and some even performed their traditional dances and practiced them with the children. In the end of the event we presented foreign students' postcards filled with greetings and wishes to Lithuanian pupils.

ESN MRU Vilnius: We are really happy and grateful for the schools which welcomed ESN MRU Vilnius members and Erasmus students in a really warm and pleasant way as well as for every single person who participated in the project! Hopefully, the friendship which was established between Lithuanian pupils and MRU Erasmus students will continue further.

ESN ŠU: On the sunny day of 2nd of October Erasmus students joined the volleyball match with pupils of 8th form of “Jovaras” pro-gymnasium. Participating in such events hopefully has increased tolerance between students and children and helped foreigners to easily integrate into our society. Children were so happy that they could take some pictures with foreign students and talk about the differences of their countries and Lithuania and learn some basic phrases in their foreign languages.

ESN Vilnius University: These visits were organized with a specific purpose: to educate high school kids about Erasmus+ exchange program and its giving possibilities. During the stay students and pupils had an opportunity to write a greeting or paint on their t-shirts. After doing so they exchanged those t-shirts as a form of gratitude. The international students accepted this challenge with their heads up and did it well.

ESN ISLB: We were discussing why it is so amazing to be a part of ESN and what the ESN means in general? Also Erasmus+ students talked about their countries, cultures, customs and why their countries are so unique. After listening to those stories there is a big possibility that pupils after finishing their secondary school will be going to study abroad on Erasmus program. We enjoyed our time with pupils who were interested in our program and its mobility. Our Erasmus students made a quiz for everybody, so everyone had a chance to win some amazing ESN prizes.

    

Most importantly, these visits were not only of presentation type. Gladly, ESN members made those gatherings more interesting by organising various sports events, games, and other activities that helped to promote mobility.

After two semesters of those activities, ESN Lithuania decided to share the experience with other students and organisations of active pupils organisations in order to find out what else we can initiate or change in this project. Discussions were productive, informative, thus we came up with new ideas how organisations can help one another to make this project more useful for community and especially for pupils. 

We hope that this project will get better and better each year and young people will not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Then our task of project will be done.

Specialized educational fair of foreign education "Days of International Education 2015" held in Lithuania since 2005. Over the years the exhibition has become widely regarded as one of the most popular activities among school children and adults, managers and leading specialists from various companies and organizations, including secondary schools and universities. Visitors of the exhibition have a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with the world-renowned representatives of high schools and colleges, universities and language centers and choose a suitable training programme in Switzerland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Austria , Russia and other countries of the world: language camps, foreign language courses, secondary, vocational and higher education. Main objective of the exhibition is to guide you to success in today's global world through quality education and knowledge of foreign languages.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Venue - Radisson Blue Hotel Lietuva.

More information about the fair:  www.balticcouncil.lt

 

Date: 
12/03/2015 -
11:00 to 18:00
Price: 
Free

Specialized educational fair of foreign education "Days of International Education" held in Lithuania since 2005. Over the years the exhibition has become widely regarded as one of the most popular activities among school children and adults, managers and leading specialists from various companies and organizations, including secondary schools and universities. Visitors of the exhibition have a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with the world-renowned representatives of high schools and colleges, universities and language centers and choose a suitable training programme in Switzerland, Great Britain, the Netherlands and other countries of the world: language camps, foreign language courses, secondary, vocational and higher education. Main objective of the exhibition is to guide you to success in today's global world through quality education and knowledge of foreign languages. Admission to the exhibition is free. 

 

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Date: 2014 09 25

Opening hours: 11.00 - 19.00

Venue: Radisson Blue Hotel Lietuva, Konstitucijos 20, Vilnius

More information about the fair: www.balticcouncil.org

Organizer: Baltic Council for International Education

Human Resources Coordinator of ESN Lithuania invited everyone capable to create a logo for national project – ESN LT Survival Kit No.2!

Event aims to empower members of ESN Lithuania to allow them to perform better in their ESN daily tasks. Trainings will be provided by national and EduK8 trainers, so proper visibility is essential to ensure deserved attention of members of ESN LT. That is why we need your help!

Visibility of your name and kind comments full of amazement are not only prizes we have prepared for you. We have more:

Ist place – ESN LT thermo cup;
IInd place – ESN LT baggage lock;
IIIrd place – luggage card.

Requirements: Actually only one - ESN colors must be included.

Deadline: 4th of February, 2014.

Send your logo to [email protected] and see it being announced on ESN Lithuania Facebook Page on 5th of February. Winner will be elected by our followers by the amount of likes.

Good luck!

For growing organization it is essential to build professional basis, which could be transferred from generation to generation. For every motivated volunteer there always comes time to become something bigger and better. That is the moment when some additional skilled help from aside is more than welcome. As a cause of that more than 50 ESNers have gathered together in Cluj-Napoca, Romania for the whole week, which has lasted from 14th to 21st of August. Eduk8 Training 4 Trainers (T4T) this time has invited to deepen knowledge in three different fields: intercultural learning, section empowerment, management and how to become an official ESN Eduk8 Trainer.

This time ESN Lithuania in the event was presented by National Research Coordinator Tomas Tamulevičius (ESN VMU), who already has experienced the power of Eduk8 while participating in their winter meeting last year. But it doesn’t make the new experience less valuable. He claims that “it was an amazing event, full of brilliant moments and fabulous emotions”. Our new ESN trainer says that this time it was more about building one strong team, where every single member of it can trust each other in no matter what situation. 

While discussing the program of the event he also tells that after first days of team-building more time was given for gathering knowledge in non-formal education area. Practical advises how to create trainings, conduct them and to be good at it were shared between professional and future ESN Eduk8 trainers. Following days invited to realize theory. Tomas remembers that “it was a great challenge to give a training for other participants. At the same time it was useful experience since we all received constructive feedback, which allowed us to improve faster heading to the right direction. When the last day of the meeting came, there was a lot to discuss, evaluate and remember, but after all of that the most important moment came when we all were announced as officially approved ESN Eduk8 Trainers”. 

Now fresh Eduk8 trainers are back home and probably already thinking about possible ways to realize gained skills. Tomas sends huge AČIŪ for all members of ESN Lithuania for this opportunity, giant THANK YOU for all the participants and organizers. And as a motivation for future ESN generations he adds: “for one more time I was convinced that ESN is one amazing family, which teaches you to see the best in every single person”. It’s always the right time to join us, isn’t it?
 

3 month ago 12 exchange students with a help of ESN Lithuania in cooperation with “Invest Lithuania”  and ESN VGTU started their new adventure in a totally different role – they decide to become their native language teachers. Except one brave Lithuanian student who decided to teach not his native language, but Russian.

The others were teaching German, Chinese, French, Croatian, Spanish and Turkish languages.  It was a big challenge for them, because almost nobody had experience in teaching, but still it didn‘t scared them!

At the begining of this project some languages (Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German) gained a huge interest and it was even impossible to teach everyone, that‘s why registration were made and just 25 lucky students had opportunity to learn these languages. The other languages were less popular, but for their students it was a big advantage, because each of them got more attention and even became friends with their teachers.

Here teachers of Turkish, Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese languages shared their opinions about this project:

Why you decided to take a part in this project and become a teacher?

Romain (French): Because I wanted to share my knowledge and my culture and have a new experience (teaching).

Andrius (Russian): I think answer is in the question: “to become a teacher”. Isn’t this a wish of every student? To be that person who finally gives homework and not does it. Of course, it is not the most important point. I decided to participate in this project to prove myself that I can do this; that I can be that person who can help others to improve their language skills or learn something new.

Eva (Chinese): I wanted to get more experience and share my language, and the most important is meet the new friends.

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): There was a big opportunity to introduce our language and culture to foreigners. Also, this kind of project makes us more sociable. That's why we decided to take a part in this project.

Alejandro (Spanish): I decided to join this programm for improving my English, learning from my students and not to be scared of talking in public in the future.

How was it to be in the teacher's role? Did you like it?

Romain (French): It was a very great experience, I loved it !

Andrius (Russian): This is a question for my students. I hope, I wasn‘t a horrible teacher. However, I liked teaching. It is a wonderful feeling to help others and even better feeling is seeing how my students are improving themselves.

Eva (Chinese): Being a teacher is really good, because you can share your knowledge and get more experience. I like this project and like to be a teacher.

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): We liked it. We enjoyed it so much with our dear students.

Alejandro (Spanish): I liked to be a teacher, of course :)

What kind of experience did you gain in this project?

Romain (French): I gained oral presentation practice, preparation of  presentation (PPT).

Andrius (Russian): Firstly, with every next lesson I became more self-confident. I lost my fear which was over me in the first lesson when I had to stand up in front of almost 30 students who were sitting and looking at me with their wide eyes. Secondly, this project made me more organized because I had to prepare all material for students. And of course, I made a lot of new friends. It was strange, but sweet when someone saw me and said to me: „Hey, I am your student. What are we going to learn next week?“ :)

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): We got some experience from this project such as teaching, searching information, leadership, leading and managing our studentassss:), teamwork etc.

What is your opinion about this project? Do you think it's useful?

Romain (French): Very nice project, useful for "teacher" and "students".

Andrius (Russian): I think that project “Multilingual Lithuania” is a successful idea. There are a lot of students who really want to learn foreign languages and this project is the best solution, because you are being thought by students from countries which language you want to learn. I admire all teachers and students who participated in this project and gave their time for teaching and learning. Great job! You made this project awesome!

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): It is definately useful for improving language and teaching skills. It is making easier to understand other cultures.

Alejandro (Spanish): I think this programm is a really good idea.

Tell about your teaching methods

Romain (French): We prepared presentation at home firstly, then we presented it to students. All presentations are divide in 2 part: a lecture part and cultural part. We also made a quiz about what we just learned and sometimes about what we have learned previously.

Andrius (Russian): I’ve tried to make an informal atmosphere as much as I could by talking with my students and letting them to speak (in Russian, of course). I wrote on blackboard that students could improve their writing and reading skills. Sometimes I asked them to come to blackboard to write. Moreover, after all lessons we all together reviewed past lessons. I was just walking around students asking them some random words or sentences and they were answering in Russian.

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): We used almost everything we can use, PowerPoint presentations, blackboard, music, pictures, example sheets from some other resources.

Alejandro (Spanish): I used a PDF for self learning, and I tried to get as more feedback as possible. I think it‘s better to listen and speak a language instead of learning only grammar.
The most memorable lesson?

Romain (French): The most memorable lesson was maybe the lesson about French cuisine (talking about eating snails and frog legs).

Andrius (Russian): I will never forget my first lesson when I introduced myself in Russian and I saw how confused my students were. Unforgettable…

Alejandro (Spanish): The best lecture: that day just two students came. I was teaching some grammar and later a lot of funny expressions, we were laughing a lot during that lecture.

Your wishes or suggestions to future teachers.

Romain (French): Don't be scared everybody can do it. Enjoy this moment!

Andrius (Russian): Have patience and believe in yourself.

Serkan and Celilsemi (Turkish): Before starting lectures, they should advertise their lessons to get more students then don‘t forget to keep students till the end of the semester. If they find a book to give papers for students, it will be more useful and easier for them and their students. We wish they will enjoy time with their students.

Alejandro (Spanish): Be patient.

All in all, “Multilingual Lithuania“ project was beneficial for both - students and teachers - teachers have gained a new experience and students got an opportunity to learn new languages totally for free!

We approve this project and really hope that it will last for a long time!

Thank you Kathleen, Eva, Romain, Hugues, Kenny, Brian, Marina, Iva, Andrius, Alejandro, Serkan, Celilsemi and Ozan – you are the best!

Two months ago started project "Multilingual Lithuania" already gained acceleration. Organization ESN VMU together with"Invest in Lithuania" successfully fulfill project during which international students are teaching their mother tongue everybody who are interested.

Currently "Multilingual Lithuania" project covers seven languages - Spanish, Turkish, Latvian, French, Japanese, German and Russian. International students as participants of this project not only had an opportunity to become lecturers but also teach language using various, unconventional methods. Before the start of the project there was a registration process to enter language classes. Some of the languages such as Spanish, French and Turkish acquired such a huge interest that not everybody could get in the language groups. Languages of small countries were  not left behind, for example Latvian language. Student from Latvia Ilzė who arrived at Vytautas Magnus University through Erasmus program, told that in the beginning she was quite scared that there will be just few persons interested in her mother tongue as this language cannot boast about its huge popularity. However everything turned out otherwise. Now Ilzė has even 16 students in her language group. Although in the beginning it was a bit strange, now Ilzė enjoys the process.  She claimed that presently she understands the difficulty of  the lecturer work. Person must observe the situation in classroom, prepare for the lectures and always arrive on time as student are already waiting.

Other student from France, Juliane, willingly shared her experience while teaching the students: "I am trying to create various games, presentations and discussions-everything happens connected with the theme that  I am presenting" - says Juliane. After returning to France she is going to fulfill this project in Paris as well.

Student Yakup, guiding German classes also shared his methods while teaching students: "I always prepare presentation and several tasks. I am trying to ask questions in that way I check what students have already learned and remember and also what must be repeated. I Feel that I am not jus educating others but also learning myself. I am improving my public speech skills, learning how to adjust to the students that I am teaching. I know these skills will be beneficial in the future!"

Because of huge popularity and plenty of positive reviews concerning the project "Multilingual Lithuania" among international and Lithuanian students, organization ESN VMU hopes to proceed this project and assist students while learning other languages in different way in Vytautas Magnus university next semester as well.

ESN Lithuania in cooperation with “Invest Lithuania” presents a new project -“Multilingual Lithuania”. The main goal of this project is to give Lithuanians an opportunity to learn foreign languages for free, give a chance to know new culture and make friends here in Lithuania and abroad.

Foreign students will become language teachers and have their lessons each week at university. Lessons conducted by native speakers will start from the 25th of February and last 2,5 months.

Now we have over 30 participants from 15 different countries all over the world who accepted a challenge to become a teacher.

On 14th of February in Vilnius at ISM (University of Management and Economics) project participants will have a seminar where they discuss each together about language teaching strategies and methods. Visiting lecturer will share experience and give some advices for efficient lessons.

Information about timetables you will find next week on your university ESN FB page or contact us: [email protected]

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