Hi here! It’s so nice that you take a look at this page!
We are Marinthe, Davine, Alexander and Stefan and together we are the current board of ESN Wageningen. Although we are all super motivated and enthusiastic about the board year and everything that’s about to happen, we would really appreciate some extra helping hands, i.e. more board members!
We are looking for people to fulfill the positions of an Activity Coordinator, Integration Coordinator and Partnership Manager for at least half a year. You will work for ESN on a part-time basis which means you can combine ESN with one course per period. Although the official application deadline is January 7, 2024, we highly encourage you to start already in November 2023.
Are you interested or do you have any questions? Feel free to send an email to our president ([email protected]), check our website, or come by at the Global Lounge and have a chat with us.
We look forward to hearing from you!
ESN Board 2023-2024
Definitely a lot more than you can imagine! ESN Wageningen aims to create a home for international students and an international adventure for Dutch students. With your fellow board members, over 100 events per year, committee members, buddy mentors and a close connection to other national and international ESN sections in Europe, your board year will be exciting, challenging and interesting every day. ESN Wageningen is located in the Global Lounge which gives you the opportunity to work on a project supported by the University and providing a home away from home.
For both Dutch and international students, having a part-time board position in ESN Wageningen is a great way to develop yourself professionally by working in an innovative, young, interdisciplinary and highly international environment. You will have unforgettable experiences and friends for life, as well as a global network of students that are grateful for your efforts throughout the year. No matter where you are from and what your previous work experience is, we encourage everyone that is interested to apply.
To be considered you need to send in a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter, containing a general part and your preferred position, before the final application deadline of January 7 2024. Afterwards, you will be invited for an interview. Important to note, ESN Wageningen is a student association for everyone so the board is looking for international and Dutch students.
When you get one of the positions, the training period can start. One of the board members will have multiple 1-to-1 training sessions with you to teach you everything you need to know before you can start your ESN board year. And don’t worry, there are going to be a lot of board bonding activities, to get to know the other board members!
An ESN Wageningen board position is considered to be part-time, so it is still possible to follow half of your BSc or MSc courses. Also, writing your thesis is good to combine with your board year because you are flexible during the day when to work on ESN and when to work on your thesis. Since this board year is on a voluntary basis, you will not get paid. However, there is a financial compensation regulation (FOS) to compensate for your tuition fees.
During a regular day, you will have to work on your function-specific task as well as teaming up with the other board members and ‘being the board’ in general. Practical things like being present during office hours, helping students with all questions they may have, helping out at events and the introduction weeks, and representing ESN to different stakeholders is expected of all board members.
As a board member you have three office hours a day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Office hours are meant to work on your function specific ESN tasks. One or multiple days per week the office hours are (partly) combined with the opening hours. During opening hours, you answer questions students might have, you rent out bikes or sell ESNcards. When it’s not that busy, you have enough time to complete your own work. In general, opening and office hours are a nice way to stay in touch with the students and keep up-to-date with the work of your fellow board members as well. The office is also often used to just hang out with your fellow board members who will become friends for life in no time. It’s never boring in the ESN office!
Most of your board year you will be busy with organising over 100 events. This can be anything, such as parties, pubcrawls, movie nights, study lunches, weekly drinks and excursions. The fun thing about being on the ESN board is that you not only organise it, but you can also participate in all the events.
So nice to hear! We encourage you to get in contact with us by sending an email to ([email protected]). The president will give you some more useful information and will explain the following steps in the process of becoming the board. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to our president ([email protected]) or come by at the Global Lounge and have a chat with one of the board members.
A: In general, a board position is considered part-time. If you are following BSc or MSc courses you can follow half of your courses. Also, writing your thesis is good to combine with your board year because you are flexible during the day when to work on ESN and when to work on your thesis. FOS will be there to compensate for half of your tuition fees.
A: No! We welcome all students. Nationality does not influence your application in any way.
A: This depends on your situation. Normally, the university has a financial compensation regulation (FOS) in which students doing a board year get compensated for their tuition fees. For more information, email to [email protected] or approach us!
A: No, being a board member is on a voluntary basis. But, there is a financial compensation regulation (FOS) to compensate for your tuition fees.
A: Officially, a board year at ESN starts on the first day of the summer holiday. Your first responsibility will be the organisation of the AID. However, this doesn’t apply right now of course 😉
Your board year ends at the end of period 6 from the academic year.
A: No! Although it can be an advantage, you are more than welcome to apply. Almost every year people who are completely new to ESN join the board. Before you apply, make sure to get to know the organisation better by reading through our website and Facebook pages. You can also always come by the office and talk to some of the current board members to get a better insight into what we do. We would love to meet you!
A: A big part of your work will involve teaming up with the other board members and ‘being the board’ in general. Practical things like being present during office and opening hours, helping students with all questions they may have, helping out at events and the introduction weeks, and representing ESN to different stakeholders is expected of all board members. In addition, all board members are expected to attend many of the ESN events. Furthermore, the Global Lounge is a big project of ESN which required all board members to participate in making it a big success.
A: Generally, being part of the ESN board requires active participation in all types of events. A maximum of three evenings per week, you will attend/ host an ESN activity. The number of board members needed for an activity depends on the activity itself and if it’s organised by the board or one of the committees.