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Who are we and what do we do?

ESN Bergen is part of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), the largest non-profit student network in Europe. We work to advocate student exchange and to foster an international student environment. We do so by integrating international students into the local community through social events, buddy program and Social Erasmus.

How can you join ESN Bergen?

You can join by:

- Participating in our events
- Be a part of the Buddy program 
- Being a volunteer
- Have a board position

You can join one or more of the options above, if you want to.

About our events

Our events are open for all students. We organize events such as hikes, quiz nights, trampoline parks, etc. No membership fee is required to participate on our events. By bying an ESN card, you can get discount on different events.

Buddy programme

Through Buddy Bergen you can be introduced to a new culture and perhaps even a new language by signing up as a foreign Buddy. You will be matched with a local Buddy that will show you around in Bergen.

Organize events for everyone and makes sure they run smoothly. Alongside other volunteers, together you brainstorm fun ideas and are dedicated to make the semester fun and exciting for students through well-planned events. You can choose to organize buddy events, external events, internal events, and Social Erasmus events. 

Social Erasmus is a project that focuses on making a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. Throughout the semester there are some typical Social Erasmus events such as cat cuddling and language cafés, but the big project is the Social Erasmus Week, that is arranged once every semester, which aims to involve international students into participating in social and voluntary activities in their host countries. For these events, we are looking for students that have an interest in charity work and in seeking out volunteering opportunities.

Board positions
- President
- Vice President + Local Representative (LR)
- Treasurer
- Webmaster 
- Partnership responsible
- Teambuilding coordinator
- Buddy manager
- Event coordinator
- Social erasmus coordinator
- PR manager

For a specific description (a bit outdated - may change) about the board positions and active members: Click here.

Why should students join ESN Bergen? 

ESN Bergen works under the principle of "Students Helping Students," where volunteering gives opportunities for growth and self-development. In ESN Bergen you can meet your future friends, both local and international students. We emphasize having an open and inclusive environment where members can learn soft and hard skills. Additionally, we offer a network with many opportunities abroad.

How to apply:
If you want to become a member, then we need a short application from you. Nothing too formal - tell us a bit about yourself! If you want to be a board member, then you should state which position you want to run for.
Send the application to [email protected].

What happens afterwards?
On the Annual General Meeting (more information will be sent on mail to those to send applications), you get to meet the rest of ESN Bergen and elect our new board members. Afterward, socializing, drinks and fun!

We have a rolling admission for volunteers, but board members should generally be elected at the AGM. Also, the earlier you join, the more fun you get to experience!

- send us a message to our Facebook page (ESN Bergen),
- an e-mail to [email protected] for general inquires
- or to the [email protected] for questions about the buddy program.

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