Make a difference while making new friends! Practice your languages and expand your networks both inside and outside of Denmark!
Just before the beginning of each semester, a new group of international students arrive in Odense. They arrive in a new country where they often have no friends and little knowledge about the local community whose doorstep they've just walked on to.
To give students a head start, ESN has established the 'Buddy Programme' where students living in Odense can sign up to become a Buddy for new international students. This way incoming students will have a personal contact in Odense even before they arrive which is a great safety to the excited yet maybe a bit nervous foreign students.
Many Buddies become friends with their assigned students and keep in touch after the foreign students have finished their stay in Odense. Being a Buddy will give you the opportunity to get friends worldwide whom you can also visit when you go travelling.
Before the students' arrival (Beginning mid of January/August)
If you sign up for the Buddy Programme, you will be assigned two international students or more if you wish. ESN will do the matchmaking (you can make requests concerning gender, nationality, and education field) and will give you the contact information of your students. It will be your responsibility to establish contact with the students before they arrive and help out if help is needed - e.g. by answering questions about life in Odense.
Welcome your students! (End of January/August)
When you have established contact with your students, you must find out when they will arrive and save the day(s) so you can pick them up at the train station in Odense. If your student has applied for accommodation through SDU, you will receive a welcome envelope containing the accommodation keys. When you pick up your students, you must therefore bring the welcome envelope and help your students find the way to their new home.
What else can you do for incoming international students?
The following days and weeks you can help your students in many ways. You can go for a walk in the center of Odense and point out supermarkets, post office, banks, good places to hang out, cinemas and so on. Before your students arrive, ESN will invite you to a Buddy meeting where you'll meet other Buddies. It's a great opportunity for you to ask questions and for ESN to make suggestions. Furthermore it's a possibility for you to group up with other Buddies and make plans about meeting in groups with your international students when they arrive. ESN arranges several events and trips in which you can also participate with your students and the other Buddies.
Being a Buddy is great!
Besides enhancing your personal skills and expanding your network, being Buddy gives you a lot of opportunities. You will become a member of ESN Odense (meaning you will receive a free ESNcard) and have the possibility to participate in all our trips and events. There are also special events for our Buddies to thank them for their work and encourage them to give their best.
This is an unforgettable experience that gives you the opportunity to be part of the international environment in Odense!
Buddy Programme in the next semester, Spring 2018
The Buddy sign up for Spring 2018 is not open yet. However, if you wish to be the first one informed about when the official sign-up opens, fill out the pre-sign up form and we will send you an e-mail as soon as we are recruiting Buddies again.
In case of any questions, you're more than welcome to write to our Buddy Coordinator: [email protected]