What are the gE4s?
We encourage the members of the Erasmus Generation across Europe to set up local garagErasmus associations – called gE4Cities. These groups are the local anchors of the Foundation and the Erasmus Generation professional network. They organise independent events as well as large meet-ups, engaging former Erasmus around Europe & enabling face-to-face contact with local business, recruitment companies, mentors and other interested subjects.
All members of the Erasmus Generation can create a gE4! A gE4Cities local group can be created within the framework of an existing association that is active within its specific city or region and takes its name from its host city, for instance: garagErasmus4Lisbon. It adopts a statute that includes common rights and responsibilities and reflects the overall mission of garagErasmus.
Our current gE4Cities local chapters
All about our gE4Cities
All the detailed information about criteria for gE4 coordination teams and steps for establishing a gE4.
Build a professional network in your City with garagErasmus!
If you are interested in affiliating your association to garagErasmus and establish a local gE referral point, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gE4s (or gE4Cities) are volunteer groups and represent the Erasmus Generation professional network on the local level – in their city. They act independently within the framework of a general agreement with the Foundation.
This means that on the local level –in their city– the gE4 will be responsible for the set-up of their network and for the organisation of their activities: the more their members are commited, the more they benefit. The Foundation helps them to get the local association started and connects them to the wider national and european level. The most important step for any gE4 is to create a link with the local municipality and similar partners, which allows to organise a Meet-up with participants from all over Europe.
At a Meet-up, a local airport becomes the setting where several hundred people come together. The Meet-up enables face-to-face contacts among the Erasmus Generation, the regional business community, recruitment companies, mentors, and more.
They connect the local and the European level and can have different objectives/purposes, for example offering job opportunities or creating and developing business ideas and start-ups.
Meet-ups can focus on various topics, such as a particular industry, a product, or a field of activity that is strongly positioned or especially sought after in the hosting city or region.
garagErasmus’ mission is to empower the members of the Erasmus Generation. More concretely, this means it is an attractive format to further develop and connect your own entrepreneurial and social activities, and to better connect yourself, your business, your NGO or group of activists both locally and Europe-wide. The support of the European Commission, prestigious universities, large companies and other stakeholders to the mission of garagErasmus, opens doors and makes Europe-wide activities in your city possible or at least much easier to organize. Within the framework agreed upon with the Foundation, gE4s are independent in their work. This means you will be able to focus the work of your gE4 around the topics and opportunities that are most essential for you, such as a particular industry, branch, activity or social cause. garagErasmus and its online platform (to be launched in 2015) will link the local and the global level and will ensure an exceptional high visibility to your activities, allowing you to attract support and participation from all over Europe.
Would you like to join our network?
garagErasmus Foundation is looking for enthusiastic, professional, and independent-minded members of the Erasmus Generation to become part of the initiative. We are reaching out to ambitious people who can make garagErasmus in their city a concrete social start-up by launching a local garagErasmus association – a gE4City. These associations will organise local activities and build up a strong network with lots of opportunities for partnerships and growth. The gE4s organise independent events as well as large Meet-ups in airports, engaging former Erasmus around Europe and enabling face-to-face contact with the local business community, recruitment companies, and more. The Foundation helps to get the local association started and connects it to the wider national and European level.
Send us your proposal for a gE4Cities local group!
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Become a gE reference point in your city!
If you are looking for an opportunity to extend your network of international open-minded professionals… this is your chance!
By becoming a garagErasmus volunteer you will…
- Be in the position to become a garagErasmus’ reference point for your city and for those interested in learning more about garagErasmus.
- Be able to become, if interested, a content curator and creator of news, articles and editorial contributions about social innovation, international mobility, personal and career development. Your contributions will be published and promoted through our communication channels.
- Be in the position to facilitate the establishment of a local garagErasmus association and to be part of it.
- Have the chance to participate to our international gatherings and events (facilitated by the Foundation) and to get closer to the Foundation’s staff and priorities.
- Have access to and be part of the first Erasmus Generation Professional Network.