SocialErasmus is an international project by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) that promotes a social attitude among young citizens participating in mobility programmes, to facilitate their integration into the local community while gives them the chance to make a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. The project goes under the slogan: Leave your mark!
The aim of SocialErasmus is to enrich the international experience of young people abroad with volunteering activities that allow them to understand society’s problems and to work on the solutions. SocialErasmus provides an opportunity for international young people to get to know other realities and learn how they can contribute to improve society as citizens of the world.
Our mission is to provide young citizens the opportunity to do more with their mobility experience, to make a difference and create a positive social change through volunteering.
Show the added value of volunteering as a part of a mobility experience through SocialErasmus.
We believe mobility is a life-changing experience through which young citizens are able to broaden their horizon and face realities different from theirs, enabling them to develop as citizens of the world making a contribution to the improvement of society.
Clothes Donation to Caritas Diocesana
We collected a great quantity of clothes during this academic year and, with some Erasmus students, we went to the offices of Caritas Diocesana in Catania to give them the clothes. We also visited the Helping Centre of Caritas composed by a big storage room, a spacious kitchen, a great living room where poor people can find rest and a well equipped area for personal cleanliness. Erasmus students were impressed for such a good organisation and they were glad to know more about this activity in Catania.
Run for solidarity: Corri Catania
Running for solidarity: every year in Catania a small marathon takes place in order to raise funds for solidarity reasons (scientific research, building of the pediatric first emergency etc). People can participate to the marathon by buying the T-shirt with the logo of the event.
This year the iniziative “Corri Catania” had a great success: It has reached the sale record and many Erasmus students bought the T-shirts! Our Erasmus had the opportunity to see Catania as the beautiful city it is with all its Love and Solidarity. Erasmus Students were enthusiastic in discovering this aspect of Catania.
Clean Up the Med
ESN Catania tooks part in the initiative promoted all over Italy by Legambiente: Clean Up the Med. We spent some hours cleaning up a part of the beach of the Natural Reserve "Oasi del Simeto". It was very tiring and we found every kind of litter harmful to environment. We worked with the Italian association Legambiente that sent to the Mayor a Petition to keep the beach area clean, protected from unregulated activities.
Social canteen: Caritas
The goal of the event was to help poor people and refugees in Catania and raise awareness in Erasmus students about social issues. We cooked meals for poor people and refugees in the kitchen of Caritas Help Centre, working with caritas volunteers. Caritas association receives funds and foods not only from common people but also from bakeries, butcheries, greengrocers and bars. In this way they have the possibility to prepare 400 meals everyday.