The main aim of the Buddy System is getting in touch and pairing up one Serbian and one exchange student. Note that, depending on the ESN country, Buddies are marked as “Student Mentors” or “Tandem Partners”. As far as Serbia is concerned, we are using the most widespread term “Buddy”. Buddies are usually local students, recruited either after coming home from their Erasmus (if they do not want to lose the Erasmus spirit), or thinking about going to Erasmus (if they want to experience international atmosphere right at their home University and get ready for Erasmus life).
A buddy's job usually involves picking up their partner exchange student upon arrival to the Erasmus city, taking them to their new place of residence (flat or dormitory) and helping them arrange all the documents and formalities that are required (such as the International Relations Office, University, Police).
But being a Buddy doesn't just mean doing paper work, becoming a buddy means having an international experience right at home and providing a foreigner with a local perspective on life. Being a Buddy means having fun, meeting new people, improving your language skills and exploring foreign cultures right in your hometown!