Sign up as a buddy mentor here! 

Wageningen is a small town where people from all over the world come together. Would you like to experience this side of student life? Become a Buddy Mentor in our Buddy Program! Helping new students experience Wageningen will make your semester one that you will never forget!

A Buddy Family consists of 2 or 3 enthusiastic Buddy Mentors and approximately 10-15 international, newly arrived students. As a Buddy Mentor, you will let international students feel at home in Wageningen and show them around in our lovely town. Together you can do lots of activities for at least 1 semester. Thanks to you they will make new friends from the start and they will be able to ask all their questions about Wageningen. Next to this you will have a great time, make new friends, experience new cultures and practice your English.

ESN offers special benefits to Buddy Mentors and Buddy Families. As a Buddy Mentor you get one-year free membership from ESN, and ESN organises multiple Buddy activities, which will be completely free for you as a mentor! In addition, you can take part in the battle of the buddy families and win great prizes for the whole family! Most importantly, you will have an unforgettable semester together with your Buddy Family!

What we expect from you as a Buddy Mentors is your enthusiasm and an open mindset. As a Buddy you will try to be active with your group for the whole semester. You need to take initiative by organizing all kinds of activities. Such can be icebreakers like a little game of time’s up, guess who, various name games, a simple drink or a little trip to the nearest supermarket. Show what is here in Wageningen or what is Dutch. As time progresses you will get to know your students better and initiative will even come from the students themselves. Keep the spirit going with a potluck dinner, a city trip or a visit to a Dutch Buddy's hometown.

ESN is there to support your group. Of course, you are welcome at all of our activities, such as international kitchens and parties. Every month a special activity is organized for Buddy Families. 

Becoming a Buddy Mentor is very easy. You can either register alone, as a pair or as a trio. Single registration implies you will be matched to another student that has registered for the Buddy Program. Please be aware that the mentors that sign up as a pair or trio receive priority over the single mentor applications. We will make sure that you get a group of 10-15 international students to form a lovely Buddy Family with!

Almost every period some buddy families start, but the main peaks are after the summer and winter AID.