Last weekend was really special to ESN KTU (Erasmus Student Network Kaunas University of Technology) team. Current members and freshman were going to spend their weekend together in homestead not very far away from Kaunas. The main reason of this weekend was to make our TEAM BUILDING.

Every semester ESN KTU awaits many new members different in age and specialties. A lot of them have not been acquainted before but one thing attracted them to ESN Organization – to help Erasmus students! In order to work for Erasmus we need to have a strong team which everyone of us can always trust in occurred serious problems. Therefore, team-building weekend was organized for strengthening relationships between ESN KTU members.

Day one started with personal trainings which were presented by KTU Career Center representative – Eglė Šliurpaitė. Many questions were discussed such as „How to compete with fear of public speaking“, „Why do we need challenges in our life? “, „How to do works in time without physical exhaustion?”. During the day ESN team was learning communication, time planning and working together skills in various practical activities.

The most remarkable and extraordinary exercise was a walk in silence. 20 minutes all people were going by the road without talking to each other at all. Of course there were many ways how to communicate without speaking – emotions, gestures, text on mobile phone and etc. but the silence test was passed – no one was talking.

Activities of responsibility also took place in training schedule. Students were learning how to lead people with their eyes closed tight and how to be leaded when you can’t see anything. The answer was CONFIDENCE in your friend. There were many temptations to leave the partner somewhere on road, mislead he/she but hopefully, no one was injured during this training and everyone happily reached home.

After all day works the evening part started when all ESN KTU team decided to relax and enjoy they time grilling sausages, chatting or simply resting. But the night wouldn’t be interesting without something unexpected happening. First time in ESN KTU history freshman were baptized in real members. They solemnly swore to ESN KTU president to love and respect Dovilė Žemaitytė, be obedient and do all works they are asked to do. All novices are full-fledged ESN KTU members now and are ready to work for Organization.

On the day two a lot of information was provided to members about ESN work. Some of it was known and some of it was new. Sandra Baltkojytė, Public Relations Officer of ESN Lithuania, presented ESN Organization and its activity in national and international levels. Members were acquainted with all positions of National and International Boards, International meetings, projects and etc. Sandra’s presentation truly inspired go working and changing Erasmus people life.

In the end of the weekend all team was exhausted but also was happy. New friendships came to ESN KTU and we are expecting that it will even strengthen the team in future projects organization and implementation.

EDUK8 Training!

The network is proud to present you the first ESN International training within the ESN EduK8 project. Now, you might wonder what ESN EduK8 is about? ESN EduK8 is a training system in ESN, which was launched this year. The aim is to train on the international level ESN EduK8 trainers, who will forward their knowledge and competences to the national and local level through series of training. 
 
As this system was launched this year, we will also hold the first international training this year in Hungary, Esztergom (close to Budapest). This first training event will focus on communication skills, team management, how to become a trainer, feedbacking and funding opportunities in Europe. The training will take place from the 21st until the 27th of August 2011. For this one-week training, led by trainers from the European Youth Forum and the American Field Service, the participation fee is are only 180€. 
 
The registration and further information about the exact programme is to be found here. The deadline for registration is now: 16th of July 2011. The maximum capacity of the training is 50 places and if necessary a selection procedure will be applied. We however highly encourage all people being interested in the field of trainings and the topics included in the training to apply for the event, as the most important factor is the motivation and the willingness to learn !!
 
The whole OC and ESN International are looking forward to welcome you in Hungary for the first training and the start of the ESN EduK8 training system!!

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