Being a stranger in a foreign land, lost and not knowing anyone is not the best feeling in the world. That’s why we have our buddies.
Who is a buddy?
It’s an Italian volunteer student, who "adopts" an exchange student, makes sure he feels like at home and helps him through the first steps of living in Bergamo.
Point of buddy system is to help the Erasmus students to establish a social and academic network in Bergamo. The Buddy Project is designed especially to introduce Erasmus students to the city, the places to go out and to integrate them in our way of life.
Your buddy will try to pick you up at the main train/bus station of Bergamo or other point you will arrange with him/her via email before arrival.
Their task consists the first month before arriving of introducing yourself and answering some questions that concern your well-being in the city and how to reach the city. When you arrive your buddy will take you to see the city, the places to go out and places to go shopping etc. and can also introduce you to meet his/her Italian friends. He/She will help you with the formalities – residence permit, introduce you the food coupon system, opening a bank account etc.
Local Italian students (buddies) also know where to find the cheapest beer in the city, where you can eat excellent food or party till the morning. They know which bus to take to visit beautiful parts of the city and where to go to work out or play sports.
This should all be a lot of fun, and not be a burden to either one of you. All in all, the Buddy Project will take about a few months, but of course it is free to continue seeing each other after that.
Remember, your buddy does this voluntary, meaning that he/she likes to do all these things with you; however, your buddy is not responsible for cleaning your mess.