Buddy Program

The project is based on the principles of volunteer work and intercultural exchange, with the objective of helping the newcomers Erasmus students.

Who are the Buddies?

Buddies are students from University that agree to welcome Erasmus students and help them get settled.

What's in it for the Buddy?

The main reward is the contact itself between Buddies and Erasmus students. Being a Buddy is often the best way to feel the "Erasmus spirit" back home.

What's in it for the Erasmus student?

Erasmus students benefit primarily from all the help they get settling in. The first few weeks are known to be the hardest for any Erasmus, facing a different country, language, new habits. On the other hand, having a Buddy may be of some help in terms of making friends in the local student community. Remember that the Erasmus Buddy is just a volunteer, so don’t treat him/her like your subordinate, you should treat your buddy with respect. It would be polite from you to invite your buddy for some ESN activities later on.


The matching process happens in the first days of August for the first semester and the first days of January for the second semester. Every erasmus accepted by our International Office is automatically enrolled in this program! If you haven't received a buddy after these days, please contact us at board@esnaveiro.org



What to expect from your buddy?

  • To be a secure source of information before your arrival (and after!);
  • Take you to the International Office (University) and ESN Office;
  • Give you the Erasmus Welcome Kit;
  • Help you to finding accommodation;
  • Leading you in a tour through the city;
  • Helping you when you need to take medical assistance or to open a bank account;
  • Be your friend.


It is also important to remind you that we have a Facebook group where you can make all the questions and have a quick answer, as well as notifications about the future events from ESN or happening in the city: [ESN Aveiro] Erasmus 2019/2020
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