A board year at ESN Wageningen
What does a board year at ESN entail? Definitely a lot more than you can imagine today! ESN Wageningen aims to create a home for international students and an adventure for the Dutch. With 7 board members, over 100 events per year, committee members, buddy mentors and a close connection to other national and international ESN sections in Europe, your board year will be exciting, challenging and interesting every day.

For both Dutch and international students, having a part-time board position in ESN Wageningen is a great way to develop yourself professionally by working in an innovative, young, interdisciplinary and highly international environment. You will have unforgettable experiences and friends for life, as well as a global network of students that are grateful for your efforts throughout the year. No matter where you are from and what your previous work experience is, we encourage everyone that is interested to apply.

I am interested, but what do I do now?
Great! We’d like to start with giving you more information about the board and some practical things that are important to know before applying, so we highly recommend you to read the Q&A we have below. Afterwards, in order to know which position would fit you best, we encourage you to get in contact with us via info@esn-wageningen.nl.


1. Is a board position within ESN Wageningen full-time or part-time?
In general, a board position is considered part-time. If you are following BSc or MSc courses you can follow half of your courses. Also, writing your thesis is good to combine with your board year because you are flexible during the day when to work on IxESN and when to work on your thesis. 

2. Do I have to be an international student to apply?
No. We welcome all students. Nationality does not influence your application in any way.

3. Do I still have to pay my tuition fee when I do a board year?
This depends on your situation. Normally, the university has a financial compensation regulation (FOS) in which students doing a board year, get compensated for their tuition fees. For more information, email to info@esn-wageningen.nl or approach us!

4. Can I study next to my board year?
Yes, in general students applying for a board year at ESN have no problems with following half of their studies during the year. However, a board year does ask a lot from you in regards to time and effort, so the workload next to your studies shouldn't be underestimated. 

5. Do I get paid for doing a board year?
No, being a board member is on a voluntary basis. But, there is a financial compensation regulation (FOS) to compensate for your tuition fees. 

6. What is the term of a board year?
Officially, a board year at ESN starts on the first day of the summer holiday. However, the transition period mostly takes place in June-July. In those months, we expect a commitment of about 2-5 hours per week, concluded by a 3-day transition weekend in June/July. 

7. What if I already planned holidays for July/August?
Participating in the transition weekend is highly recommended. In addition, we expect full availability starting from a week before the AID (for the year of 2018 this meant from 10 August onwards), because you will have to work hard as a team to give a warm welcome to all the new (international) students. Of course, exceptions can always be made in consultation with us. 

8. What is the transition weekend?
Transition weekend is the final part of the transition process from the old board to the new board. During this 3-day weekend, the old and new board spend some time together outside of Wageningen. Besides handing over as much information as possible, this weekend consists of plenty of board bonding activities to make sure you’ll make a strong team from the beginning and have a great start of the year!

9. I have never been active in ESN before. Is this a problem?
No, however it can be an advantage, you are more than welcome to apply. Before you do, make sure to get the know the organization better by reading through our website and Facebook pages. You can also always come by the office and talk to some of the current board members to get a better insight into what we do. We would love to meet you!

10. What is expected from me apart from doing the position-specific work?
A big part of your work will involve teaming up with the other board members and ‘being the board’ in general. Practical things like being present during office hours, helping students with all questions they may have, helping out at events and the introduction weeks, and representing ESN to different stakeholders is expected of all board members. In addition, all board members are expected to attend many of the ESN events. 

11. What is expected from a board member regarding event participation?
Generally, being part of the ESN board requires active participation in all types of events. You can expect to attend all events in the AID and a many in period 1 since that is the busiest period of the year and you will not have (many) committees recruited yet at that time. After September, it is up to your own team to decide on the rules regarding event participation. 

12. What does having ‘office hours’ entail?
During office hours, you answer questions students might have and you sell tickets for ESN events. During office hours in the less busy months, you will also have time to do your own work. In general, office hours are a nice way to stay in touch with the students and keep up-to-date with the work of your fellow board members as well. Even when you are not scheduled to do office hours, you’ll often be present at the office, for example for your ESN related work or for meetings (with board/committees/external parties). The office is also often used to just hang out with your fellow board members who will become friends for life in no time. It’s never boring in the ESN office!

For more information you can always approach us, go to the office, or email to info@esn-wageningen.nl!