quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2016

Annual General Meeting and ESN Awards 2016

The days from 6 of April till 9 of April were marked by ESN's last Annual General Meeting (AGM) that took place in Warsaw, Poland and had the presence of almost 500 sections from 38 different countries.

This meeting is where the new ESN's International board gets elected, where are voted some changes in our main statutes and where we elect also our future ESN's Flagship Project. The AGM ends with the ESN Awards (where the sections get prizes for their best activities) and an awesome Gala Event in Warsaw's Cultural Palace.

The next Flagship project is ExchangeAbility.

Portugal brought home 8 of these prizes, making it the country with the biggest amount of them. ESN Portugal was elected as the Best Country of the entire network, making it the best place for the International Students, and ESN Lisbon was elected as the Best ESN Section.

ESN Covilhã was also awarded with a 2nd place prize right after ESN Madeira for the Best Video of the network. The video which we got the prize with was Stop Terrorism as you can see in a post below.

Here are some photos of the event.

sexta-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2016


On the 22nd of November Covilhã's International Students gathered together to participate in an action against terrorism promoted by ESN Covilhã.

It was a very simple event to show to the whole world what we all think about this issue and raise awereness. Below here's the result of the event.

Leave your mark! Say NO to WAR and TERRORISM, say YES to HUMANITY, TOLERANCE and RESPECT!

segunda-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2016

International Day for People with Disabilities

ESN Covilha celebrated on the 3 of December, the International Day for People with Disabilities. "Experience as a form of awareness" was the central theme of the initiative, which took place in the Engineering facilities of University of Beira Interior (UBI), which was attended by ESN mentors and Erasmus students.

In the event, which lasted about 40 minutes, participants were experiencing similar situations to ones that face disability, such as undertaking a path in a wheelchair and walking blindfolded. Elias, a student from Brazil, was a participant in the second experiment (blindfold) .In the other hand, Delia, from Romania, attended the event involving the wheelchair.

Elias, Brazil
"For me it was very difficult to walk with a blindfold because I felt the ground was unsafe. The flour was irregular as I walked and because of the blindfold I did not felt safe. It was difficult for me to touch things (objects), they were all far away. I felt quite afraid to walk through doors ... I felt I could hurt my hand at any time and that to me was very bad."

Delia, Romania
"Today I try to look at the world from another perspective. From the perspective of a person with disabilities. It was very hard for me to strole with a wheelchair in that pavement. It was also tricky to pass with the chair through doors, but I met people who helped me. People should be willing to help. When I entered the elevator it was even more complicated because the elevator was too small for the chair, it was as difficult to enter as it was to stay inside. I believe it is possible to create good conditions for people with difficulties, helping them integrate themselves into the community."
This type of activity seeks to teach the whole community to embrace people with special difficulties and / or disabilities, by promoting their inclusion in society.

Sara Guterres e Sónia Perdigão

segunda-feira, 16 de novembro de 2015

ESN Olympics - The Mountain Wolves Entourage

The last weekend, some International Students from Covilhã and 3 of the local ESN members were representing our city and our International Students in the National ESN Sports Activities: ESN Olympics.
ESN Olympics was composed by 3 tournaments: futsal, basketball and voleyball.

The Mountain Wolves Team (ESN Covilhã) got a 3rd place in the voleyball tournament against The Kings (ESN Porto) but got disqualified in the futsal tournament due to conflicts with the ESN Algarve's team. This was the very last game for both teams and a victory could make both pass on the group. Due to disqualification, both teams were applied a sanction of (-6) points in the general classification.

The Mountain Wolves ended the tournament on the 8th position with a total of (+9) points.

Congratulations to The Kings (ESN Porto) for winning the tournament for the 2nd time in the history of ESN Olympics.

The podium was filled with the following teams:
1st - The Kings (ESN Porto)
2nd - ESN Aveiro
3rd - Lazy Pigs (ESN UTAD)

segunda-feira, 9 de novembro de 2015

Afterwards it wasn't "jajão"

Brazilian students from the year 2014/15 met all together again in Brazil

It wasn't a lie (jajão)! With this motto, the brazilian exchange students from the winter semester 2014/15 in Covilhã met again in the beginning of this month to remember the good and unforgettable moments spent in the portuguese "snow city" and at PAC (Pedro Álvares Cabral) dorm. Unfortunatelly not all the brazilians could go due to several factors, but the number of people was in some manner expressive.

It was a 2 days meeting in the city of Rio Manso, near Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais county. Many of them weren't able to see each others for already more than 10 months. The climate was of full hapiness and emotion, as they listen to "Jajão" and "Bo Tem Mel", some exchange classics from their exchange, the good times were guaranteed. 

There weren't only brazilians at this meeting. The spanish girl Marta Moliner (now exchange student at Rio de Janeiro city and Erasmus student in Covilhã last year) and also the portuguese Telmo Lopes were also there, leveling up this meeting and giving the sense they were again in PAC because of the different languages and accents.

According to information, never a brazilian exchange group meeting, got so many people as this one. There were many challenges but all of them were beaten: there was people that traveled by bus more than 19 hours; there were people that took 2 flights; there were people that drove more than 9 hours between counties. In the end all the efforts were tiny comparing with this unique moment. Let there come more meetings!

By Leonardo Alves

domingo, 8 de novembro de 2015

In memoriam

You know you are doing the right thing when you hear the words “thank you”. In the past four years these two simple, yet so effective, so meaningful, so grateful, so enlightening, so empowering words have become a trending topic in any conversation involving an Erasmus student and/or an ESNer in Covilhã. You know you are changing other people’s life when you hear the words “I’ll come back”. In the past four years Covilhã has been both a starting and a destination point for bold students eager for a new challenge in their lives. The scary thing is that when someone says that, they mean it; they do return to Covilhã. And with that, mobility becomes a lifestyle. Four years ago, after a life-changing Erasmus period in Bialystok, Francisca and Tiago founded this very ESN section with the dream to give to others what they got from their hosts in Poland. Students helping students. Just that. Crystal clear. However, they went way beyond that. In ESN Covilhã the incoming students found friends and in Covilhã they found a home. So, it dawned on us that by doing such simple things you could touch so many people’s lives. It will be a long journey, but thanks to Francisca and Tiago, it will be an easy one. We would like to express sincere gratitude for such meaningful messages from everyone that knew Tiago somehow. Every Erasmus students that once were and the ones that are in Covilhã. Every ESN Portugal section that was represented yesterday in person or sent us a message. Every ESN section of other countries that made sure their sympathies arrived. Every ESN member. Every friend. His family. Francisca. In the darkest, scariest and most daunting period of our existence as ESN section we kindly ask you to have a drink with us. Please, raise your glass for a toast. A toast to Tiago.

domingo, 25 de outubro de 2015

Board Buddy "Came to town"

Last friday and saturday our ESN board buddy from ESN Portugal came to Covilhã to get to know the section and its members. Her name is Ana Bárbara and she studies genetics and biotechnology in UTAD.

Were made some meetings between the board and her to know how ESN Covilhã works as a section and was also made a teambuilding "at the table", as we in Covilhã comonly do. Friday night we also took her to Recepção ao Caloiro for her to see how we work our image and our representation as there was a ESN video passing in the videohall during all night in all week and the ESN flag in the top of AAUBI's bar.

She will return in December the 12th for our Christmas Dinner and Party to meet all our International Students, to see how we perform as a team with all of them and to know how is our Family Spirit.

See you soon Ana ;)