Buddy is a project which reinforces one of our fundamental values: “students helping students”. The main aim of the project is to become the first contact point for exchange students by providing them with support needed not only during their first days in our country but also during their whole stay in Kraków.
Every exchange student coming to Kraków can count on their Buddy’s help, from picking up from the airport, helping with accommodation to showing the city and helping with university paperwork.
Thanks to a close cooperation with our university we are able to reach out to students involved in the Erasmus+ programme, exchange students from outside Europe and foreigners starting full time studies at our university who receive a Welcome email with the invitation and application form for the programme.
Apart from that, the students also obtain the access to the Facebook and WhatsApp groups and the Guidebook containing information on what to expect during their stay in Kraków, some basic knowledge about the Polish culture and some useful tips and recommendations. Furthermore, our Coordinator pays a lot of attention to pair the foreign students with their Buddies according to personal similarities between them, making sure that every participant of the project is taken good care of.
Additionally, we offer informational meeting, trainings and a Guidebook for the Polish students on how to help most effectively. ESN PK also runs a Facebook group dedicated to Polish volunteers, where they can find support from other Buddies and answers to all of their questions concerning the Buddy programme. During each Orientation Week we organise at least one event aimed at bonding the Buddies with their international friends (i. e. Buddy BBQ supported by university authorities).
The recruitment for the Project usually starts at the end of each semester, so if you are a Polish student who wants to participate in a Buddy Project:
Contact our coordinator directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our fb group here
Follow our social media, not to miss the news about the open recrutation:
If you are an exchange student and wish to take part, please wait patiently for the welcome email that is send to all the students coming to Kraków. In the meantime you can have a read of the Guidebook prepared specially for you.