I envy the ESN Ambassadors for the EU at Expo 2015


“I’m jealous of you.” That’s how I started my social media training to the ten ambassadors from the Erasmus Student Network in Italy (ESN) who have been awarded the chance to tour Europe and present the opportunity to volunteer at the EU pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. Indeed, since I was an Erasmus student myself (not so long ago) and had the great opportunity to study European integration at the University of Antwerp, I am very envious of these young men and women who will travel Europe on behalf of the EU and Expo 2015.

Young people are going to be the protagonists of the activities of the EU pavilion, thanks to the collaboration between the European Union and ESN. Social media will help these ambassadors reach wider audiences during their trip and share their experiences with a very personal touch.

The general aim of the “Students 4 Expo S4E” project is, on the one hand, to promote EXPO and, on the other hand, to underline the role of the European Union during the international event which is going to take place in Milan in 2015. Ten students will play the role of “European EXPO Ambassadors” for the whole semester preceding EXPO.

The pavilion of the European Union intends to offer all young Europeans the opportunity to actively participate in a historic event, Expo Milano 2015, contributing to its activities and creating a unique learning and communication experience.

The EU at Expo is looking for over 900 young persons who have a passion for Europe that they would like to share with visitors to the EU Pavilion in their capacity as volunteers. More info on the call for volunteers.

— EU Expo 2015 (@EUExpo2015) January 8, 2015

The specific aim of the project is to increase awareness, in an European academic environment, of the role of the European Union inside EXPO and of the scientific topics at the core of their pavilion. Erasmus Student Network Italia will be responsible for this project and will help the European Union reach students who are not well informed yet about EXPO themes.

Follow #Students4Expo for more info on Twitter.

If Erasmus had a Trailer…

“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen”

Desiderius Erasmus

As a former Erasmus student, I was moved to see this trailer-like video talking about the Erasmus project. It’s a short video for the Welcome at the Introduction Meeting of ESN Dortmund. The video got over 10K views in less than a day.

The material has been collected by the author over the last three years from his Erasmus in 2010 until now. Quoting from the author, “there are so many wonderful moments and people that any video cannot do justice to the beauty of an Erasmus exchange.”

This reminds me of the amazing year I had in Antwerp where I first discovered Belgium, Flanders and grew a strong interest for the European Union. It was definitely one of the greatest experiences of my life and it widely contributed to building my European identity. Thanks to Erasmus and thanks to all the beautiful people I met there.

More about the Erasmus project