Active members at the European level

Next to being able to become active within AEGEE-Groningen, it’s also possible to become active on a European level within AEGEE-Europe. Below you will find a overview of some of our members that are active (or used to be) within AEGEE-Europe and what they do.

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Esther Plakke (Subcommissioner of the Juridical Commission)

Hi! My name is Esther and for the year 2019-2020 I am a Subcommissioner of the Juridical Commission of AEGEE-Europe (the JC for short). What does this mean? The JC provides AEGEE-Europe with internal legal consultancy and they regulate the internal functioning of AEGEE-Europe. The JC normally consists of three members (the Commissioners), and they are being assisted by the Subcommissione

rs. My tasks as a Subcommie vary from checking the statutes of locals to assisting the Commissioners at the Agora. In conclusion, I assist the JC with several tasks to ensure that the internal functioning of AEGEE-Europe runs smoothly.

Why did I choose to become a Subcommie? I study IT-Law at the RUG, and next to being a member of the local Juridical, I became a Subcommie of the Juridical Commission, firstly because I love to get to know the practical work behind my studies and secondly because being a Subcommie gives me the opportunity to improve my legal skills. If you study law and would like to improve your legal skills on an European level, becoming a Subcommie is a great opportunity for you, especially because becoming a Subcommie is easily accessible (it doesn’t take a lot of time!), yet it is a great learning opportunity. As a bonus, you’ll get to know more about the structure of AEGEE.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about being a Subcommie of the JC or about being a member of the local Juridical!

Patricia de Vos (Former Human Resources Committee)

Since October 2017 I’m active in the Human Resources Committee (HRC). After taking part in their Agora Mentorship Project in Catania as a mentor, I became very enthusiastic about their work and decided to apply. I got accepted and spent the last year as the project manager of the topic ‘Transparency’ which included leading the Agora Mentorship Project that I first took part in as a mentor. This big project is running for several Agorae and has the goal to prepare first time Agora-participants by matching them with experienced AEGEEans. But, that’s not the only thing the HRC does. We are also very busy with hot HR-related topics as the AEGEE-Identity, knowledge transfer, alumni managment etc. We even had our own live meeting in Warschau, Poland which was awesome. So, to conclude: the HRC works with a lot of different topics and we also have a lot of different AEGEEans in our committee, which makes the HRC very fun to be part of. The HRC also enables us all to ‘inleash our superHeRoes’!

Roger op Heij (Human Resources Committee)

What is that, the HRC, who are we and what do we do? The committee focuses to help the network to stimulate and activate you and every other AEGEE member, to participate, to learn and to do great projects within AEGEE. From when you just started as a member until you trade our beloved organization for a bigger and working world, we are there to support you when it comes to the most valuable resource of our organization, people and their, i.e. your, skills! Our team currently consists of 24 members, new as well as experienced from all around Europe, all from different locals. We are a perfect example of a virtual team since most of us haven’t met each other face-to-face.

We work together with and support locals and European bodies like the European executive board, the Comité Directeur, the Network Committee and AEGEE Academy by providing them with information regarding Human Resources. Our slogan – “Squeeze that Potential!” – is a good reflection of our main goal in the network: we strive to get the maximum potential out of every AEGEE member. Our pride and our work are shaped in the form of HR related projects. During these projects we collect information and data and summarize this information and data. Based on these data we make booklets, training sessions and workshops. But also think of bigger projects like the Agora mentorship project, that is us!

If you want to meet us and get to know us better, show up at the Agora Fair during the Agora. We will have our own stand there with some fun workshops and games to get you familiar with the European level and the bodies which operate on this level. We would love to provide you with answers to all your HR-related questions but also further questions you have for our committee. For every part of the Human Resource Cycle, from questions regarding recruitment, to questions regarding people become Alumni or exit AEGEE. You can even let us know if you are interested in becoming part of the HRC and work with us.

So check out the countless possibilities and opportunities around Europe and hope to see you somewhere around Europe!

Charley Sjerps (Subcommissioner of the Network Commission)

As a Subcommissioner, or Subcommie for short, of the Network Commission I assist the Network Commissioner of our Area with several tasks to ensure that all locals function smoothly and further develop the Network.

Within the current SubCom team I proudly carry out two tasks, PR-Responsible and Local Responsible.

As PR-Responsible I manage the Pancake Area Facebook page (click here), promote European Events and AEGEE opportunities as well as create clear promotional designs according to AEGEE-Europe’s Visual Identity. Being a PR-Responsible is a fun and creative task that allows me to make more people enthusiastic about the European side of AEGEE.

Next to being a PR-Responsible I am also the Local Responsible of AEGEE-Amsterdam and AEGEE-Eindhoven. I aid their boards whenever they are in need of assistance and make sure that these locals are healthy and making the most out of their network. Being a local Responsible is great, its fun to do and you have an excuse to crash other locals’ parties. 🙂

Annelies Kamphuis (Subcommissioner of the Network Commission)

Hi! My name is Annelies, and for the year 2019-2020 I am a Subcommissioner (SubCom) of the Network Commission of AEG EE-Europe. Basically, this means a helping hand of the Network Commissioner of the Pancake Area, the area where AEGEE-Groningen is part of. I will assist the Network Commissioner in the organization of Network Meetings (NWMs) or Regional Training Courses (RTCs) in our area. Also, I am the Local Responsible of AEGEE-Nijmegen. I will check their Monthly Reports, making sure the local stays healthy and keeps developing, and I will provide them of needed advice and help.

The reason that I wanted to become a SubCommie, is that I wanted to help out other locals with my board experience, as I am, soon to be was, the President and Local Affairs Director of the XXXIst board of AEGEE-Groningen. Also, I wanted to become more familiar with the European level of AEGEE. I think there are a lot of undiscovered opportunities waiting there for me, and also for you!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.


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