|EUSA Newsletter 02-2016, ISSN 1855-4571|
EUSA Executive Committee meeting in BucharestMembers of the Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and invited guests met for the first EUSA EC meeting in 2016 in Bucharest, the capital or Romania, on January 22 and 23, 2016.
The meeting was hosted by EUSA member Romanian Schools and Universities Sports Federation (FFSU), governing body for university sport in Romania. On behalf of the Romanian School and University Sports Federation, EUSA guests were welcomed by its Deputy Director Mr Constantin Caliman and the coordinator of the meeting Mr Liviu Matac, EUSA Auditor from Romania, with the FFSU team Ms Claudia Ilie and Mr Marius Ulareanu, as well as partner organisation representatives Mr Constantin Marcel and Mr Victor Mihailescu.
At the beginning of the meeting also the Vice-Rector of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies Mr Robert Aurelian Sova welcomed the EUSA members, recognising the importance of European University Sport and expressed interest in EUSA sports events.
The 2-day meeting started with the address of EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek thanking the hosts for their hospitality and devotion, welcoming EUSA Executive Committee members and invited guests, among them also the Vice-President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Mr Marian Dymalski and EUSA Honorary President Mr Alberto Gualtieri.
After Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik and Treasurer Mr Olaf Tabor presented the overall activity and financial report, chairs and secretaries of the EUSA commissions presented their reports, including the Student, Media and Communications, Finances and Marketing, Medical, Technical, Equal Opportunities, Rules and Regulations Commission.
Sports and sport related matters were discussed next, focusing on the upcoming European Universities Games, European Universities Championships and EUSA endorsed events. Special attention was given on the 2016 EUSA Games, for which a lot of interest has been shown and by the deadline February 15 only a few open places are left in the team sports.
FISU and EU-supported projects were presented, as well as other EUSA projects. EUSA is currently involved in two larger awareness-raising projects, dealing with gender equality in coaching and combatting sexual violence, as well as actively working on inclusion of students with disabilities and carrying out other projects and activities.
International cooperation with FISU, EUSA members and partner and other organisation was also on the agenda of the EC meeting, which concluded with the topic of conferences and meetings. Special focus was given to the upcoming EUSA electoral General Assembly which will be held in Wroclaw on April 8 and 9, 2016.
The formal part of the meeting concluded by a lunch in the National Military Circle, attended by Mrs Claudia Georgescu, former Secretary General of FSSU, presently Secretary General of the Minister of Youth and Sport.
|What's up! Section - Student Column|
|EVS - this is your time
TIt is a great time to introduce youngsters to EVS (European Voluntary Service). This activity, currently under Erasmus + Programme, celebrates 20 years in 2016. Through this time, close to 100,000 young people took part in international volunteering through EVS. EUSA is already a recognised receiving organisation among volunteers, hosting long-term volunteers. Many more short-term volunteers take part in the European Universities Championships and European Universities Games.
Last year, the Organising Committee of the upcoming Games, to be held in Zagreb and Rijeka in 2016, also decided to host three volunteers for the duration of 12 months within this project.
The opportunity comes once in a lifetime. After graduating, before University, or during studies? It is a great chance to enrich your CV, test yourself and live an adventure. I decided to make this step before enrolling to my Master’s.
Together with two girls from Hungary: Annamaria Szecsi and Reka Ulbert, we live together, we spend our free time together, we work together, but most of all: we are a part of amazing project. We help in different areas: Annamaria is working with International Relations team, Reka in PR and Marketing, and finally me – with volunteers, without whom no huge event would happen. The areas of possible volunteering as EVS are wide, you can easily find a placement that corresponds with your field of study or interests.
The three of us are already in half-way of our project. Finding yourself in a completely new society teaches you a lot. Many of our friends, also EVS’ers, admit they decided for this step to discover themselves. Through EVS, you are given the opportunity for personal development along with practical experience. While doing your EVS service, you get a chance to make your own project, influencing and activating society you currently live in. For that purpose, and to prepare you for EVS, you will take part in on-arrival training.
For participants of long-term volunteer program, schedule includes as well mid-term training, preparing for life after EVS and how to avoid the so-called post-EVS syndrome.
The project is financed by Erasmus+; the volunteers receive accommodation, insurance cover and a grant for the duration of the project. Make the first step – go to the page below and choose your adventure. This is your time!
In EUSA the EVS opportunity for 2016-17 has been closed in January and will be reopened next January for the 2017-18 period. There are, however, plenty of opportunities to choose from!
For more details about the EVS programme, please see
The author Katarzyna Czalej is a student of the Poznan University of Economics.
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