The beginning of new semester means coming back to the hard work, new challenges, but for us it’s also welcoming new exchange students at our University. In order to help them to feel like home and to get to know each other before the start of classes, ESN UEK prepared another Orientation Week (coordinated by Monika Andrzejczak and Gabriel Hyodo) and Integration Camp (conducted by Joanna Folwarczny and Karolina Gwiżdż).
During the first day of the Orientation Week, Erasmus students discovered the secrets of Cracow’s Old Town and had a great time during the City Games. Participants bravely dealt with all the challenges and during the competition, they made some new friends. In the evening games and challenges awaited them also during the Let’s meet event. International students sang their favorite songs at karaoke, took part in competitions with prizes and exchanged gifts brought from their countries of origin.
On Tuesday we gathered at the General Meeting, where representatives of the International Programmes Office shared important information about the stay in Cracow. Erasmus students learned also more about ESN UEK’s activities and got to know the campus of the University. In the afternoon, they could take part in such events as Ice Skating, Haunted House or Escape Room. At the end of the day, we all met together at the dance floor, during Netflix & Fluo Party.
On that day, international students had an opportunity to go on a tour around the city. For those who wanted more excitements and sports emotions Bumberball Match, Laser Park and Bowling awaited. In the evening there was an unusual Dinner in the dark, during which Erasmus students could see the world from a blind person’s point of view. After that, there was a party with the ‘Friends’ series theme.
Thursday began in 'Go jump' and then our Erasmus friends had another chance to participate in Bowling or the Laser Park match. In the evening, we shared with our international students Polish traditions and culture during Country Meeting: Poland, then we tasted delicious dishes from around the world prepared for the Eurodinner.
The week was concluded by the Integration Camp, which this time took place in Poronin, near Zakopane. Our international students spent time together, playing games and getting to know each other better. We’ve also prepared for them some attractions such as a Polish dinner with live folk music, karaoke and even more integration. We spent Saturday in Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland, where we took a funicular to the Gubałówka Hill. Part of the group went also to the thermal pools, while the rest had a great time playing Pub Quiz. In the evening, everyone jumped comfortably in pyjamas, but it didn’t mean the end of fun - we met all together at the Pyjama Party. On Sunday, we returned to Cracow, with wonderful memories, with some newly made friends at the side, ready for the challenges and adventures waiting for us in the upcoming months!