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SocialErasmus Committee


The SocialErasmus committee aims to enrich the experience of international students by engaging in the community in the hopes of broadening their realities and getting to know the community while they live and study in Groningen! Students new to the city can volunteer for a variety of activities which will have the basis of one of the eight founding pillars of SocialErasmus. These eight pillars include; animals, disasters, discrimination, education, environment, health, poverty and violence. This year, the committee will focus its efforts on Environment and Sustainability. International students will have varied roles in the participation of these events, ranging from; practicing English skills with Dutch students to hosting a dinner for a charity.


An important part of the SocialErasmus committee is the Erasmus in schools. At the start of each year, the committee organizes a “kinderboekenweek” in collaboration with elementary schools which aims to encourage children to read more books. International students represent their country in many ways such as telling a story or playing a game. The committee also organizes events with highschools; where international students can give presentations about their home country or practice English with Dutch students for their Cambridge English exams. This feature of the committee truly allows international students to be immersed in Dutch culture. 


The members of the SocialErasmus committee of 19/20 are:

  • Uejanaua Tjihumino from Namibia: She is a second-year International & European law student and in her free time enjoys baking new desserts. She is the president of our committee.
  • Karen Reuter from Germany: She is in her second year of her International Relations and Organizations degree and she is the PR officer of our committee. Fun fact; she’s the shortest in our committee!
  • Rahma Alyousef from Saudi Arabia: a second-year student in Medicine and she is the Treasurer of our committee. She loves the tv show “FRIENDS” so much that she completes the actor’s lines.
  • Zoe Reining from Germany: She is in her second year of studying Liberal Arts and Sciences, she is the secretary of our committee. She has a love of spontaneous solo-traveling and knows how to drive a tractor!
  • Daria Popovici from Romania: She just arrived this year and is studying European Languages and Cultures; she’s in charge of Erasmus in Schools. Her greatest achievement is participating in the AGM of 2019 as the delegate of ESN Craiova.
  • Greta Grossek from Germany: She is a second-year psychology student and is our activity coordinator in the committee. She did a voluntary service at a kindergarten in Israël for one year.


We’re always happy to hear any new ideas for activities that give back to the community!

SocialErasmus 19/20