ESN Antwerp, short for Erasmus Student Network, is a very lively organisation of motivated international minded students from different universities and “hogescholen” in Antwerp. Most of us, like yourself, have been on an exchange programme abroad. We are convinced that the social part of such an exchange is at least as important as the studying part of your stay in Belgium. We also try to provide you with any help or information you will need that is not related to your academic work.

Our main goal is to make sure that all international students get to know each other as well as Belgian students. Therefore we have arranged an ice-breaking week, an introduction weekend, sightseeing trips, professional opportunities, cultural events,… and last but certainly not least: a lot of parties!

 

President: Bo Willems - president@esnantwerp.org
Our president is the one that keeps an eye on everything.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - dependable, easy going and direct

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - going up a hill in the evening and enjoying the sunset over the German vineyards with friends

  • What’s on your bucket list? - go to New Zealand

  • Favorite karaoke song? - living on a prayer - Bon Jovi

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - tangled

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Begijnhof

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - I would be two chairs opposite of each other, so you can lounge.

Vice President : Charlotte Vermeijen - vicepresident@esnantwerp.org

Our vice president is the right hand of our president.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Driven, introvert, open-minded

  •  What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Recreating The Sound of Music in Salzburg

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Smashing the patriarchy

  • Favorite karaoke song? - The entire Hamilton musical 

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Brave, because I too want to ride a horse on the shores of Scotland with my hair flowing in the wind and a folksong in the background

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Hendrik Consciencesquare

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - A beanbag with speakers so there's always opportunity for dancing and singing

Secretary: Jorn Van der Linden - secretary-mobility@esnantwerp.org

Our secretary is our local matchmaker! Here to find you the perfect buddy! 

  • Describe yourself in three words? - The 3 C’s: Calm, Chaotic, Clumsy

  •  What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Partying in the party room of our student dorm and suddenly the “witch” (the nickname of our janitor) comes in and shuts the party down. Important detail: the witch doesn’t speak English and really looks like a witch.

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Becoming an ‘ESN alumni’ one day and participate in the ESN Antwerp events without being part of the organising team.

  • Favorite karaoke song? - Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Lion King *But I actually like ‘Studio Ghibli’ more than ‘Disney’*

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Droogdokkenpark is quite nice. 

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - Probably the type of chair that old people have: the one who you can manage with a remote. So if you want your legs up, just one push on the button and your dreambecomes reality. I’m also getting a little older so I need that type of chair RIGHT NOW!

Finance: Michaël Hillaert - finance@esnantwerp.org

Our finance makes sure that our finances are up to date.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Curious, calm, travel-loving

  •  What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - When I tried weed for the first time ever.

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Travelling around the world, to a variety of countries/continents

  • Favorite karaoke song? - I am not font of karaoke, so I don't have a favorite one.

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Pirates of the Carribean

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Watching the sunset near the water of the Scheldt.

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - If I really had to be a chair, then a small one for children, because they are less heavy.

Party Planner: Didi Cissoko - partyplanners@esnantwerp.org
Guess what she does?  YES! YES! Party!!

  • Describe yourself in three words? - On the dancefloor

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - That's like asking to pick a favourite child. But I think either my skiing trip to Hemavan in Swedish or going for a trip with the dog sleigh.. or seeing the Northen Lights!

  • What’s on your bucket list? - OK, I know super cliché but travel the world

  • Favourite karaoke song? - probably something from high school musical

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - FROZEN 100% or in The Little Mermaid!! 

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - 't Vlotje. It's a lovely floating dock on the river of Antwerp to be in the summer with friends and a bottle of wine. Just make sure you don't fall in the water

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - Lowkey a pink velvet throne with a golden frame and loads of sparkly diamonds

Party Planner: Shana Heitzer - partyplanners@esnantwerp.org
Guess what she does?  YES! YES! Party!!

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Open-minded, social, teamplayer

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - My whole Erasmus expercience! But most of all friends that became family.

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Skydiving & do volunteer work in South Africa

  • Favourite karaoke song? - Unwritten, Wannabe, My heart will go on, ...

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Peter Pan! So I can be a child forever :)

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - You can always find me in one of the many cozy bars in Antwerp. But I also love to drink some wine at the 'kaaie' next to the Schelde.

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - It would probably be a colourful and comfortable chair that would make you feel immediately at home.

 

Culture: Boris Van Itterbeeck - culture@esnantwerp.org
Our culture person organises the best cultural activities for you.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Creative, open-minded, impulsive

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - During my Erasmus period in Valencia, we often did rooftop pre-drinks, where young people gathered and vibed before entering the club. This was often more fun than the party itself, because you get to know different cultures and mentalities in a familiar way. That way I got to know a lot of nice and interesting people. 

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Writing a historical thriller and staying in Southeast Asia for a few months to teach

  • Favourite karaoke song? -Bill Winter's Ain't no sunshine or Nina Simone's Feeling good, both classics. 

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? -Lion King or Never Cry Wolf

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? -The Kaaien or the Scheldebocht. It is quiet, there is a nice view and it's a place where dancers (like me) come together to dance and chill. 

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - My chair would give a lot of comfort, but on the other hand also be so chaotically designed that it collaps when you put a lot of unnecessary force on it.

     

Culture: Alexe Gaspar - culture@esnantwerp.org

Our culture person organises the best cultural activities for you.

 

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Organised, open-minded and enthousiastic

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - I was on Erasmus in Switzerland, Zurich. There is this river the Limmat that starts from the Lake Zurich. The local youth have this summer tradition to float down this river on floaties and little gummy boats and then afterwards have a party and bonfire at the river. 

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Travel/backpack through Asia

  • Favourite karaoke song? - Watskeburt?! by De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Peter Pan

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - The roof of my friend's apartement with a view over the city

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - The zig zag chair by Gerrit Rietveld

Sports: Wout Spaas - sport@esnantwerp.org & finance@esnantwerp.org
Our sportsman organises the best and wildest sport activities for you.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Social, spontaneous and humorous

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Esn beach day in Murcia at a secluded beach

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Visiting places around the world I haven't seen before

  • Favourite karaoke song? - I prefer giving a concert/recital instead ;)

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Incredibles maybe

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - Mechelseplein is nice

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - Elegant

Sports: Astrid Rubben - sport@esnantwerp.org & finance@esnantwerp.org
Our sportsman organises the best and wildest sport activities for you.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Loyal, friendly and teamplayer

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - I didn't go on a Erasmus journey, but I always love to learn about cultures.

  • What’s on your bucket list? - I would love to go the Maldives.

  • Favourite karaoke song? - It's raining man - the sugar sisters

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Cinderella

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - MAS

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - A neutral looking chair with strange edges

Media: Ineke Beysens - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media control the ESN website, facebook and our mails. They also takes photos during the activities.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Creative, hedonist and pad thai- addict

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Chilling at Englisher Garten in Munich with a beer, friends and some food

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Travel to India and visit the Taj Mahal

  • Favourite karaoke song? - Bohemian Rapsody - Queen

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Winnie the Pooh

  • What is your favourite spot in Antwerp? - Scheldebocht

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - A comfortable sofa, because I can sleep anytime anywhere :)

 

Media: Lies Verhaegen - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media control the ESN website, facebook and our mails. They also takes photos during the activities.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Quirky, creative, happy

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Seeing the northern lights and making snow angels in the first snow of the year!

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Iceland, pleaseeee it is sooo prettyyyyy!

  • Favorite karaoke song? - "if you were to ask me who I promote? ... HAMILTON has my vote!" also Shawn Mendes forever!

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Frozen babyyyyy, gimme more snow!

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Quetzal! I LOVE CHOCOLATE

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - I would definetly be a soft and cozy velvet full on couch, perfect for a movie night!

Public Relation: Jamina Van Maele - publicrelations@esnantwerp.org & finance@esnantwerp.org

Our PR-expert keeps up the relations with our sponsors and supporters.

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Artistic, sarcastic and part time dumb blonde ;)

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - I haven't been on Erasmus, sadly no

  • What’s on your bucket list? - To publish my own illustrated children's book!

  • Favorite karaoke song? - Unwritten

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Hercules

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - De Kaaien

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - It would be a very comfy chair with a lot of pink cussions; perfect to binge some Netflix in!

 

Local representative: Sarah Olislaegers - info@esnantwerp.org
Our local respresentative is here to speak up for us!

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Cheerfull, enthousiastic, loyal

  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - I don't really have one treasured Erasmus memory, I treasure all my memories. One thins I really loved though, was meeting people in all possible places and running into friends almost everywhere I went.

  • What’s on your bucket list? - Vietnam, I really want to go there and learn about their history and culture. Another thing I really want to do in the near future, is a road/backpacking trip in Eastern-Europe. 

  • Favorite karaoke song? - Almost anything from 1980-2000. There are too many good songs to sing along.

  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - Beauty and the beast

  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - Kassa 4

  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - I think a camping chair would be a nice description. I love to go places and be around a lot of people.

 

God mother: Joke Van Houwenis 
Bibedi, bobedi, BOOM, our god mother is here for you!

  • Describe yourself in three words? - Happy, active and always excited
  • What is your most treasured Erasmus memory? - Talk nights with wine and cheese
  • What’s on your bucket list? - Taking dance classes
  • Favorite karaoke song? - The Beatles - Hey Jude ;-)
  • In which Disney movie would you love to live? - 101 Dalmatians
  • What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? - The roof of 'Zomaar een dak' 
  • If you would be a chair, what would it look like? - The chair of Gerrit Rietveld