The Causes of ESN are the translation of our Mission, Vision and Values in our day-to-day activity.
From them are born the different programs, projects and services that our Network carries out. But also the thousands of activities that we carry out throughout each course along with international students are born. In short, everything we do is born from them.
The causes of ESN
Education and Youth
Education and youth are the two areas that give meaning to our activity. We are an association that comes from the world of international education, specifically higher education, and which is mainly made up of young people, claiming the importance of youth as a social group to be taken into account. In ESN we understand education as a tool for social transformation, key to improving society, and we consider the three types of learning fundamental: formal, non-formal and informal. We defend quality education with a strong international and social dimension in which mobility plays a key role. We believe that internationalization has a central role in the development of key competences for our time. We work with the main educational actors at the European level to transfer our proposals related to education, and we are part of the main group of entities that work for education in the EU: Lifelong Learning Platform.
Regarding youth, we believe in the importance of providing youth with opportunities and spaces for their personal development and their involvement in civic and democratic life. We claim the importance of youth rights and we are part of the largest platform for youth representation at European level, the European Youth Forum.
How do you work for all this at the international, national and local levels?
- At the international level, we are the main interlocutor with the European institutions with everything that has to do with the Erasmus + program.
- At the national level, ESN Spain also aims to be an interlocutor with national education and youth institutions. That is why we maintain contact with SEPIE or participate in projects of the Ministry of Education or Universities.
- Locally is where we have the real impact on student learning. In addition to being in contact with universities and other institutions to improve the conditions of international students and claim their rights, we also promote the value of international education and experiences of mobility among the community. Furthermore, with all our activities, we are promoting a learning process in the student body that we must always take into account, with a strong component of intercultural education and global competence.
At ESN, Cultural diversity is a key element of our activity. Throughout the course, we dedicate a very important part of our efforts to connecting international students with all kinds of events and initiatives. Routes, trips, gastronomic workshops, sports, visits to natural spaces are some of the many examples that we can find. But it is not only about bringing the students closer to the local culture, but also encouraging the interaction between different cultures.
The Erasmus + program has a strong inclusion component, seeking to offer opportunities for social mobility and personal development to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, which is why this field falls within the causes of ESN. And we have a lot to do in this area, connecting these disadvantaged environments with mobility, offering our support during experiences, and raising awareness among international students about the importance of inclusion.
Inclusive mobility. ESN has among its top priorities to make international mobility increasingly inclusive, and more means are put in place for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of international education. Among these projects we can find MappED!, Inclusive Mobility Alliance or Enhancing a thought-out Policy and Framework on Inclusive Mobility across Europe (EPFIME). These projects are complemented at the national level with initiatives such as ESN Spain's cooperation with the ONCE Foundation.
The Erasmus in Schools Camps are the perfect opportunity for children and international students to enjoy a weekend full of activities, teaching and learning. In them, cultural activities are carried out, promoting interculturality and promoting mobility that have a great impact on all participants. The success of these camps makes us repeat them year after year, having already carried out 5 editions.
Regarding contact with entities that work for inclusion, at ESN we are committed to learning from those entities that are experts in different areas of inclusion through collaborations that allow our volunteers, as well as international students to get involved in different realities and learn about local reality.
Through various actions and events, ESN develops the term sustainability both internally and for society. Through various awareness campaigns, volunteer training in terms of sustainability or in cooperation with other associations, the dissemination of sustainability is continuously sought as a way of developing all our actions.
Employability and skills
The latest Erasmus Impact Study clearly shows how mobility, and especially mobility within Erasmus +, is a real boost to the employability of the participating students. These mobility experiences also increase the entrepreneurial spirit, the capacity for innovation and adaptation, curiosity, the ability to collaborate and work in teams, and many other skills. In the same way, through the causes of ESN we also work for the recognition of the skills acquired in volunteer experiences, and their importance for the achievement of employment.
Health & Wellness
The Cause of Health and Well-being encompasses several issues that are very important for those of us who are part of ESN. From ensuring the mental health and happiness of volunteers and international students, to promoting physical activity and sport. But also other aspects such as responsible consumption, addictions or safe sexual relationships are aspects to consider in an association of young people.
The International Erasmus Games initiative aims to promote the sport among international students and encourage the organization of major sporting events at the local, regional and national levels, culminating in the International Erasmus Games event itself.
Responsible Party is a collaboration program between ESN and Pernod Ricard to raise awareness of the importance of responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages among youth.