The board of ESN VU Amsterdam 2017-2018 is composed of seven enthusiastic and internationally-minded voluntary students. They run ESN VU Amsterdam on a part-time basis and are responsible for the association with more than 1100 members from over 45 countries. 




Michael Musandu - President

After several years of preparation, months of saving up, weeks of excitement, days of travelling and countless sleepless nights, you have finally made it to the most vibrant city in the World, Amsterdam. Welcome!!! My name is Michael Musandu and I will be your president of ESN VU Amsterdam for the upcoming academic year. I was born and raised in the heart of Africa, Zimbabwe, which makes me as international as I can get. As your new adventure begins, we ESN VU Amsterdam are here to make it unforgettable each step of the way. So don't hesitate to come to talk to us and hang out. Together with the board, We are looking forward to meeting you all and making your stay in Amsterdam an EPIC one!!

Bloeme Cohen - Secretary

Hi everyone AND WELCOME TO THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD! I'm your secretary, the one behind all the hundreds of e-mails in your inbox. Welcome to the country of equality, openness, opportunities and freedom! I'm sure you'll all have a fabulous time here and will start to love this city as much as I do. I'm extremely excited to assist you guys during your exchange and I'm am sure we'll make this together the best semester ever.

Martijn van Baars - Treasurer

First of all a very warm welcome to Amsterdam! There is really no better place you could have chosen, really... My name is Martijn and I will be the ESN VU money guy during this year and make sure that every penny, dime and quarter is accounted for! I have been on exchange for an entire year to Peru and have also travelled extensively throughout Latin America/USA and Europe, so I can ensure you that I will understand your needs as an international student and make sure you are happy:) Apart from being a treasurer, you will see my face a lot throughout the semester at all the awesome activities we have planned for you guys! Whenever you have any questions for me or need any advice (on any matter really...) feel free to drop me a message and I will help you to the best I can!

Jeroen ten Doeschate - Social Events Manager
Hello everyone! My name is Jeroen. I am studying Public Administration and Organizational Science at the VU University. This year I’m the Social Events manager of the ESN VU Amsterdam board and I will make sure you guys have an awesome experience here in Amsterdam. With the ‘crazy’ social activities that I and my dedicated team will organize for you all, I aim to connect people and make their experiences unforgettable. I look forward to seeing each and everyone one of you! Feel free to chat with me anytime you want. Have fun and I will surely see you around! 
Merel van Rijn - Cultural Events Manager
Hi guys! My name is Merel and I study Health and Life Sciences. I will be the cultural events manager for you this year and together with my awesome committee, I will make sure that you know everything there is to know about the Dutch culture! This summer I travelled to Asia and I totally loved all the nationalities and the open-mindedness of everyone. I love being around people and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! See you all soon and let's make this experience an unforgettable one! 
Gijs van Ierssel - PR & Marketing Manager
What’s up, everyone! My name is Gijs and I am going to be the PR & marketing manager this year. As I am a very Dutch person, I have a very Dutch name which most of you can probably not pronounce (but please try). I have been living in Amsterdam for the past six years and it is probably my favourite city in the world so far. Its beauty, the international mindset, the people, the vibe and of course the bikes. I love it and I know you will agree with me after your time here.  This year is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for all of you, and me, and we will make that happen together!


Steffi Konijn- Social Erasmus Coordinator
Hi guys! Last but not least, here is the head of SocialErasmus! My name is Steffi and this year I will be in charge of the SocialErasmus activities. For me, it's finally time to go on an exchange next year to Australia, so this is a good start for me to get in the living style already. I’m super hyped to go but I’m also super hyped that you chose to do your exchange here in the wonderful city of Amsterdam! And to make your stay even more amazing and to feel a better person and better world citizen, there are so many activities for you to do. Think of working with refugees, baking pancakes for the homeless or cleaning the canals by boat and make Amsterdam beautiful again. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have. I look forward to meeting all of you and hope that together we will make your stay here one of the best experiences you will ever have!