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: Joke Van Houwenis - president@esnantwerp.org
Our president is the one that keeps an eye on everything.


 

Hi, my name is Joke and I’ll be your president for this year!

After living 5 months in South-Africa as sort of a ‘gapyear’ and going on Erasmus to Nantes (France), I decided that I wanted to continue this experience in my home city, Antwerp.
I’m a very social, optimistic and enthusiast person. It’s very easy to make me happy and once I start talking it won’t be easy to make me stop. In daily life I’m quite decent, but when alcohol is involved, the shame is lost.
Further I have a big passion for food. My biggest love are deserts and hot chocolate milk. The weirdest thing about me is that I’m Belgian and not really a fan of beers. But I’m always up for another drink and of course for a dance or just a friendly conversation.

1.What is your spirit animal? Eagle
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? South-Africa
3.What’s on your bucket list? Skydiving
4.Best karaoke song? ABBA – Mamma Mia
5.What’s your secret talent? Moving of nose wings
6.If I could have a superpower? I would be able to teleport myself
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Live again in South-Africa

 

Vice President & Local representative: Jorn Van der Linden - vicepresident@esnantwerp.org
Our vice president is the right hand of our president.

Hey,

I will be the vice-president and local representative for ESN Antwerp next year. I will be the person who is the right hand of the president, but also the one who will represent ESN Antwerp at meeting for ESN Belgium and ESN International.

I went for erasmus to the beautiful city of Prague. It was an eye-opening experience for me. I fell in love with it and I wanted to give the erasmus students in Antwerp the same experience as I had in Prague.

I will study urban planning next year at the University of Antwerp. I’m also trying to play tennis back at my old level (I played it in my youth but barely played when I left high school).

I hope to see you at one of our events so be prepared!!!

1.What is your spirit animal? A bear
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? Amazon rainforest (before it’s too late ☹)
3.What’s on your bucket list? To meet the aliens in ‘area 51’
4.Best karaoke song? The Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you (friends theme song)
5.What’s your secret talent? I can juggle with three balls (!!!!!!) 
6.If I could have a superpower? To pass my exams without studying (first world problems )
7.If I could travel in time, I would…?  Travel back to the time I was on erasmus myself 

 

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

Hej there peeps, my name is Diarra but there’s a big chance I won’t respond to that since I’m more used to Didi these days (only my mum still calls me by my full name). So hi, my name is Didi. Together with Ashley we’ll be planning all the parties for you this year that you will never forget or never remember... whatever floats your boat. I’ve always been a big fan of foreign cultures and languages so last year I decided to take a leap of faith and jump into my own Erasmus adventure to Umeå, Sweden. After spending 6 months in what felt like the north pole, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my international adventure just yet. And so long story short, I decided to join the ESN-team. If I’m not on the dancefloor you can find me playing with my dog, watching Netflix or on wheels since my hobby is artistic rollerskating (it’s like figure skating but on wheels) If you wanna know more about me or just feel like chatting? Don’t hesitate to hit me up in The Prof or any of the ESN events. See ya!

1. What is your spirit animal? According to the test on www.spiritanimal.info, my spirit animal is a tiger! Rauwch
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? Disneyland duhh!
3.What’s on your bucket list?Going on a safari in South Africa and being able to speak at least 5 languages (I already speak 3) 
4.Best karaoke song? Unwritten, wonderwall, wannabe...
5.What’s your secret talent? Decorating cupcakes & painting I guess
6.If I could have a superpower? Breathing underwater, so I can become a mermaid! 
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Go back to my Erasmus in Sweden FOR SURE!!

 

Culture: Ineke - culture@esnantwerp.org
Our culture person organises the best and wildest cultural activities for you.

Ineke just came back from a year abroad in Munich and loved it so much that she wants to continue meeting new people with different cultures from all over the world. She experienced an international vibe of friendliness and craziness in Munich and wants to extend this in Antwerp. As an architecture student, she loves travelling, discovering cities and unknown small villages and exploring the local architecture styles. She is very open minded and in her opinion culture doesn't have to be boring at all. For her, the perfect combination for any trip would be a museum, theatre, or a special place and end the day with a drink as well as start the next day with a good party. Show her your best dancemoves! Ineke is very easy going and helpful, so if you need tips in Antwerp or anywhere else in Belgium, she will help you with a smile. She is always happy to let you taste the belgian treasures, or to grab a beer or two :)

1.What is your spirit animal? a Dolphin
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? On a worldtrip to meet my friends I met on Erasmus
3.What’s on your bucket list? Travel to India and visit the Taj Mahal
4.Best karaoke song? Bohemian rapsody - Queen
5.What’s your secret talent? Very good at eating a lot of thai food
6.If I could have a superpower? Delete stress, so everyone can live more relaxed
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Go back to my childhood, a playful life without any concerns or obligations!

Culture: Charlotte Vermeijen- culture@esnantwerp.org

Our culture person organises the best and wildest cultural activities for you.

Charlotte loves to travel and explore the world. She just had the time of her life in Ljubljana and hopes to live, work and study abroad again very soon. Because she missed being on Erasmus so much, she wanted to immerse herself in the Erasmus life in Antwerp and decided to join ESN.

Charlotte loves to read, binge-watch the best series on Netflix and go on trips around the country and Antwerp. She will make sure you find your way in Antwerp and can always tell where to go for good food and what to do when you need some culture.

Charlotte had just finished studying linguistics and literature for English and theatre-, film- and literature and next year she will start studying history. She is hard-working and considers the library her second home during exams. But she also knows how to relax, try her hand at all sorts of baking recipes and party like crazy!

1.What is your spirit animal? Poot
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? My bed, I'm tired (of your bs)
3.What’s on your bucket list? Visit New Zealand to see Hobitton!
4.Best karaoke song? Lizzo - Truth Hurts
5.What’s your secret talent? I can fit a whole smoutebol (look it up) in my mouth
6.If I could have a superpower? Eat as much pasta as i want and not be full
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Transport me into one of the dance scenes from 'Saturday Night Fever'

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

Hi I’m Sam. I’m 23 years old and I love sports and parties. I’m in my master for commercial engineer and went on Erasmus to Barcelona last year. I couldn’t get enough of the Erasmus atmosphere and I was very thankful for ESN to make my experience in Barcelona incredibly awesome so I decided to join ESN and try to give international students in Antwerp an evenly amazing time.

I’m a social, sporty and optimistic guy that is always up for a beer or two (especially after sports)! And of course partying is also very important as a student so you’ll be finding me at parties without question.

1.What is your spirit animal? Penguin
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? Barcelona
3.What’s on your bucket list? Learning how to surf
4.Best karaoke song? Shape of you, Ed Sheeran
5.What’s your secret talent? Looking sober when drunk
6.If I could have a superpower? I would want to be as fast as light
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Go back to when I was on Erasmus in Barcelona

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

Hi all! My name is Bo and together with Lies I take care of making sure you know where all the places to be are. I love to travel and discover new places, which is why I went on Erasmus multiple times myself! To combat the withdrawl symptoms from Erasmus I decided to join ESN; to give people the amazing Erasmus experience that I had.

Though I can be a bit quiet and lost in my thoughts, I am always up for a chat and a good laugh! When I am not doing things for ESN you can find me in the design faculty working on getting my master in Urbanism degree.

1. What is your spirit animal? An owl
2. If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? New Zealand
3. What’s on your bucket list? New Zealand
4.Best karaoke song? A-ha Take on me, Journey don't stop believing, Queen everything, Do i have to choose? 
5. What’s your secret talent? I can milk a cow by hand. Yes, really!
6. If I could have a superpower? I would fly! 
7. If I could travel in time, I would…? Go to the future

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

Heya people! My name is Lies, and let’s just not talk about the pronunciation (please). Together with Bo I will be taking care of the social media and the pictures! WOOHOO! So watch out cause I earned my nickname “GIF Queen” somewhere! 

I love photography, drawing basically anything art, which is why I study Visual Arts.  I am an enthusiastic and happy person, so you’ll rarely see me without a smile on my face 

Last year I had the most amazing time during my Erasmus exchange to Oslo, Norway. So to cure the post-Erasmus depression I decided to join ESN Antwerp and the rest is history! So don't hesitate to come and talk to me. *translations available in Dutch, English, French, (bad) German and ( even worse) Norwegian*
 

1. What is your spirit animal? Unicorn! Magical
2. If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? Oslo! but Hogwarts work as well
3. What’s on your bucket list? Iceland, i can't get enough of snow! 
4. Best karaoke song? Let it go (do you see a theme here? yes snow!)
5.What’s your secret talent? Peel a clementine in one piece!
6. If I could have a superpower? I would teleport! Makes traveling a bit easier.
7. If I could travel in time, I would…? Go back in time to pet a dinosaur

Public Relations & Finance: Anouk Maes - publicrelations@esnantwerp.org & finance@esnantwerp.org

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

I’m currently doing my master’s in Finance, while last year I had the opportunity to study abroad. I went on Erasmus to Sevilla (Spain) and it was life changing. I loved the culture, the food and of course the parties. Thanks to ESN Sevilla, I had the chance to make international friends and had the best experience I could wish for. That’s why I’m determined to continue my experience in ESN Antwerp.

I’m a social, assertive, driven and self-conscious girl that loves meeting new people. I’m really interested in their culture, way of living…just everything. Also, I’m as they say in Dutch ‘a listening ear’. So, if you have any problems or questions, don’t hesitate to approach me.

Last but not least, I’m definitely a party animal. So, you will find me at the ESN parties on the dancefloor trying to create a nice atmosphere. If you want to make a chat with me, bring me some beer or wine and we will get along fine. 

1.What is your spirit animal? Butterfly
2.If you could go anywhere right now where would you go? Thailand
3.What’s on your bucket list? Go to space
4.Best karaoke song? Everything ABBA or HSM
5.What’s your secret talent? Drinking (not much a secret though) 
6.If I could have a superpower? Time travelling
7.If I could travel in time, I would…? Iwould be licing as a Roman elite in Rome watching Spartacus fight.