Sign up as a buddy mentor here! 

Wageningen is a small town where people from all over the world come together. Would you like to experience this side of student life? Become a buddy mentor in our Buddy Program! Helping new students experience Wageningen will make your semester one that you will never forget!


A buddy family consists of 2 or 3 enthusiastic buddy mentors and approximately 8-10 international, newly arrived students. As a buddy mentor, you will let international students feel at home in Wageningen and show them around in our lovely town. Together you can do lots of activities for at least 1 semester. Thanks to you they will make new friends from the start and they will be able to ask all their questions about Wageningen. Next to this you will have a great time, make new friends, experience new cultures and practice your English.


ESN offers special benefits to buddy mentors and buddy families. As a buddy mentor you get free membership from ESN (1 year valid) and ESN organises multiple buddy activities, which will be low priced or even free for you as a buddy mentor! In addition, you can take part in the battle of the buddy families and win great prizes for the whole family! Most importantly, you will have an unforgettable semester together with your buddy family!


What we expect from you as a buddy mentor is your enthusiasm and an open mindset. As a buddy mentor you will try to be active with your buddy family for the whole semester. You need to take initiative by organizing all kinds of activities. Such can be icebreakers like a little game of time’s up, guess who, various name games, a simple drink or a little trip to the nearest supermarket. Show what is here in Wageningen or what is Dutch. As time progresses you will get to know your buddy kids better and initiative will even come from the buddy kids themselves. Keep the spirit going with a potluck dinner, a city trip or a visit to a Dutch buddy mentor’s hometown.


ESN is there to support your buddy family. Of course, you are welcome at all of our activities, such as international kitchens and parties. Twice a period, an activity is organized for buddy families. 


Becoming a buddy mentor is very easy. You can either register alone, as a pair or as a trio. Single registration implies you will be matched to another student that has registered to be a buddy mentor. Please be aware that the mentors that sign up as a pair or trio receive priority over the single mentor applications. In addition, having been a previous buddy mentor/AID mentor, having been part of ESN and having had an intercultural experience (e.g. Erasmus exchange) will give you preference. We will make sure that you get a group of 8-10 international students to form a lovely buddy family with!

Almost every period some buddy families start, but the main peaks are after the summer and winter AID.