In a nutshell:
The Erasmus Student Network Portugal is the Portuguese branch of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and is composed by 14 local sections whose volunteers organise activities to facilitate the integration of mobility programmes’ participants in Portugal.
Erasmus Student Network Portugal is a non-profit organisation that belongs to the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), the biggest student organisation in Europe, recognised and supported by the European Commission.
Legally registered in 2009, ESN Portugal is present in 15 cities through 14 sections (ESN Algarve, ESN Aveiro, ESN Bragança, ESN Castelo Branco, ESN Coimbra, ESN Covilhã, ESN Évora, ESN Leiria, ESN Lisboa, ESN Madeira, ESN Minho, ESN Porto, ESN Tomar, ESN UTAD) and it is supported by the Portuguese National Agency of Erasmus+ Education and Training.
It has more than 500 young volunteers who develop recreational, cultural, social and civic activities to facilitate the integration of mobility programmes' participants in Portugal.
ESN Portugal works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing youth exchanges on different levels, facilitating their integration in the local communities, as well as providing an intercultural experience to those who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home').
In synthesis, ESN:
- works in the interest of international students
- works to improve the social and practical integration of international students
- represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national, and international level
- provides relevant information about mobility programmes
- motivates students to study abroad
- works with the reintegration of homecoming students
- contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility
- cares about its members
- values volunteering and active citizenship
The vision and mission of Erasmus Student Network were discussed and approved at the Annual General Meeting in Utrecht in March 2009.
ESN is the key volunteer student organization in international higher education in Europe. We provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of SHS - Students Helping Students.
Enrichment of society through international students.
The values of Erasmus Student Network that all members stand and work for are: unity in diversity, diversity in the unity (we all have different backgrounds, but share one common aim and goal), students helping students (we passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefits of others), fun in friendship and respect (we enjoy relations based on respect), international dimension of the life (we are open-minded, mobile, like to discover and explore, to co-operate and to interact to break borders), love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange (we live and benefit from the cultural richness of Europe to the utmost), openness with tolerance (we understand and accept others and learn from them), cooperation in the integration (we share an holistic view towards internationality).