ESN VGTU Team Spring '13
In December, 2012, social portals, official websites and TV screens in Vilnius Gediminas technical university were filled with invitations to join VGTU mentors team and gain international experience even without leaving Lithuania. It was an invitation to improve foreign language skills and make friends around the whole world as well. However a desire is not enough. To become a mentor, you must have a lot of experience in certain situations, and you also need to be a student of university at least for half a year.
Who is the mentor? Person whose main duty is to take care of a foreign student and help him to integrate into Lithuanian society.Thus, on January 18 afternoon over 40 young helpers gathered in one of the VGTU audiences, where the coordinator of human resources and mentoring program Rokas Černauskis together with already experienced mentors and ESN VGTU dream team members have been waiting for them. ESN (Erasmus Student Network) organization, mentors responsibilities and advantages of mentors program and ESN VGTU were represented there. Erasmus students who have been studying at VGTU for half a year shared experience about their life in Lithuania, talked about their mentors and answered questions that younger participants had. The representatives of the ESN Lithuania, International Studies Center and International Relations Office were there too. Team-building games were played between the speeches, and one photo of all this huge family was made at the end of trainings.
After almost seven hours of trainings, super mentors’ team was ready to accept new exchange program students who are already coming to Lithuania little by little. Do not be apathetic for them you too! Whether you see a lost student on the street or at the university, just smile at him and ask if he needs any help. Then you will make an image of a friendly country and foreign students won’t ever regret choosing Lithuania for their exchange studies.