What's up: Reflections of EUSA international volunteer and intern

What's up: Reflections of EUSA international volunteer and intern

In August, the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and its Institute bid farewell to international volunteer and intern from France. For this month’s student column we have asked them for their feedback and reflection about their experience.

Anouk Renaud joined the EUSA team last September, as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer; while Nathan Liegeon joined us in April this year. We are still hosting ESC volunteer Aleksandra Andreeva until November, for 1-year European Solidarity Corps volunteering project.

Anouk Renaud
I did not know much about EUSA and university sport in general before coming last September to Slovenia and starting my volunteering journey.
Living in Ljubljana was very enjoyable and Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries I visited. I was very happy to learn a lot in a welcoming, multicultural and passionate team.
This past year was full of novelties and different activities from the daily work in office, taking part to plenty interesting projects, traveling to several countries, meeting new people from different countries, writing an Erasmus+ project, to volunteering at sports events.

Attending Erasmus+ projects meetings

Contributing to the European Universities Games 2022 was an intense experience and the perfect ending to this year. I absolutely do not regret my choice to volunteer for EUSA as it was the perfect transition between the university and professional life and I strongly recommend this experience to others.
Many thanks to EUSA Office and all the people I met for making this year a memorable experience!

Volunteers Anouk with Aleksandra with former volunteer and current office staff member Mariano

Nathan Liegeon
Before I did my internship, I first knew EUSA and the sports university environment from social media and their events. But from the inside, it was an incredible adventure that I will never forget. I had an amazing insight of the unity of Europe and sport through international projects. Working in a multicultural environment is definitely a life-changing experience.

Nathan taking part in the Erasmus+ run

Within EUSA, I had the opportunity to promote sport and its values through European projects, which helped me to understand the inside of European policies. I thoroughly loved my experience in Slovenia, next to colleagues who are committed and truly believe in sport as a tool to foster education, equality and inclusion. Joining this incredible team had definitely an impact on my career path and on the way I want to work in sport.
I also won't forget my first edition of the Games, the European Universities Games 2022 which were held in Lodz. I never experienced this type of multisport event, and working for the event was an impressive achievement of my internship - which I thank again the whole office for their trust. I also met awesome people who are willing to help - and used to - with the organization of sports events.
Joining the EUSA Office is more than a professional line in your CV, you experience a human encounter by meeting people with the same dynamic as you.

Nathan and Aleksandra with the EUSA office team

EUSA thanks both for their engagement, dedication and hard work in the office, and especially during the European Universities Games, and wishes them best of luck in the continuation of their personal and professional career!

We also acknowledge the European funding and support in realising such programmes – the Erasmus+ programme for the internship, and the European Solidarity Corps for the volunteering programme, as well as the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and thank them for their help in our initiatives.