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