As far as we do not want our Erasmus students to feel lost at the beginning of their Erasmus period (and of course also during all this time), all sections of ESN Serbia provide a program called "Buddy System".
The main aim of the Buddy System is getting in touch and pairing up one Serbian and one exchange student. Note that, depending on the ESN country, Buddies are marked as “Student Mentors” or “Tandem Partners”. As far as Serbia is concerned, we are using the most widespread term “Buddy”.
Buddies are usually recruited from home students either after coming home from their Erasmus (if they do not want to lose the Erasmus spirit), or thinking about going to Erasmus (if they want to experience international atmosphere right at their home University and get ready for Erasmus life).
Buddies´ job is usually to pick up "their" exchange students upon arrival to the city, to take them to their exchange place of residence (flat or dormitory) and help them to arrange all the formalities at official places (International Relations Office, University, Police...).
For sure, being a Buddy does not mean only boring officialities but also a lot of fun, meeting new people, improving language skills and exploring foreign cultures right in your hometown!
Coming to Serbia as an exchange student? Contact local ESN section responsible for your host University!
Want to become a Buddy? Read it in the Become a Volunteer section!