Have you ever thought about what it would be like to spend your Halloween in Transylvania? Wander around the never-ending corridors of castles you keep hearing about in vampire stories, discover Romanian history and culture and meet people from all over the world? What if I told you this was all possible?
Halloween in Transylvania is one of ESN Romania’s trademark events. Happening once a year at the end of October, its aim is to introduce Erasmus students (and not only) to Romanian culture, the beautiful region of Brașov, and of course some of our most famous castles. With its trips to Peleș and Bran as well as day activities such as a big Flag Parade but also the iconic Halloween party, Halloween in Transylvania is bound to be one of the most exciting events you can join this year!
One Step Closer to Erasmus+ was a project implemented between September 2021 and February 2022 by Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Romania and co-funded by the Erasmus Students and Alumni Alliance (ESAA) through a non-reimbursable financing of 6380 €. The aim of the project was to promote Erasmus+ mobility programmes and the European Solidarity Corps among young people in rural and small urban areas.
How did we set out to do this?
In April we had the opportunity to participate in the League of Romanian Students Abroad Gala. The LSRS Gala awards, based on an open competition, students and graduates from the Romanian diaspora, with the purpose of recognizing their academic and extracurricular performances, one special category being for the Erasmus Student of the Year.
We talked to Roxana Fărcaș, a student at the "George Emil Palade" University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology in Târgu Mureș, a finalist in the competition.
1. How did you find out about Erasmus+?
The General Assembly of Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Romania took place between 24th and 27th of March and was organized by ESN Pitesti, the newest local structure of the organization. Extremely motivated and able to learn in an extremely short time, but also having the extraordinary support offered by the Bureau of International Relations of the University of Pitesti, the volunteers organized a flawless event for a number of 120 participants.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lives of young people. From social life to education, the current crisis has affected the way young people live their lives. It is undoubtedly that the rapid changes the society has been through, all the insecurities and fears young people face, they have damaged their mental and physical health and well-being, but also their plans and hopes for the future.
Skills, expertise, or talent are needed in order to do a job or complete a task. As varied as there are humans walking the earth, they can make the difference when searching for finding employment or solving problems around the house. Some might even help you relax once you turn them into a hobby.
Ever wonder what it actually means to be Erasmus? Everyone around you seems to be talking about the Erasmus+ Program? Or maybe you are curious about the great unknown and wish to go on an adventure? Bare with me, you might just get the answers you are looking for.
The time you spend on your Erasmus can be described in many different ways. But I will just put it in some simple words, the Erasmus experience is a time to discover yourself, other cultures, traditions, languages, cities, people, food, customs.
Congrats! If you are the lucky one going on Erasmus+ mobility, through all the excitement going on for you, you must for sure have some concerns about your departure. We all know uncertainty can be scary, but there is also beauty in every new beginning. Now, to help you out a little, here are a few things that might help with your departure.
Wherever we are, at any given point in time, we are surrounded by music. While some people may view music as a combination of vocal or instrumental sounds, music is in fact much more. Think about breathing or a clock ticking, even a leaking pipe – no classic instruments, but with a little creativity music may appear. One can simply not imagine life without music. In the words of Luis Armstrong, „music is life itself”. So how does it all impact us?
We hear a lot about the planet getting sick, the increase in plastic consumption, the pollution of the oceans and the undeniable climate change that us, people, are responsible for. But I am not here to talk about all that (today). My thoughts and recommendation in this article try to tackle the individual well being and the perks of living an almost-sustainable, eco-responsible life.
During 2 rainy days, 23rd and 24th of November 2019, 18 Romanian volunteers gathered in Bucharest to learn about Education. For us, education means international environment, mobility opportunities, the past, present and future of Erasmus+ programme and how we can leave our mark and make a change in young people’s lives.
The mysterious and intriguing Road to Dracula led the 2019 Erasmus+ students to the discovery of the beauty and friendliness of Brasov. Halloween in Transylvania represents the most wanted event organized by Erasmus Student Network Romania, because of its unexpected ways of unravelling the secrets of the region. The wilderness of Brasov’s nature gave the Erasmus+ students the chance to take a breath of fresh air, while the architecture of the city and of the castles stand impressive in front of their eyes, making them feel like guests of honour.