1 – What does your company do?

Greek Carers Network EPIONI was established in 2017 and is a national nonprofit organization. EPIONI focuses on supporting informal caregivers of people with chronic illnesses. This may involve providing resources, education, and advocacy to improve the well-being of caregivers and those they care for. We are at the origin of diverse projects like the program for Educating Caregivers of Kidney Patients (ECARIS).

2 – Why did you decide to join the EU4EU programme? 

Our goal is to connect with a wider network, acquire new concepts and methodologies, and play a role in shaping policies and initiatives that support caregivers throughout Europe. We value the innovative perspectives and digital expertise that students bring. Additionally, we aim to provide students with the chance to explore Greece and obtain practical experience in submitting and managing European projects.

3 – Was it easy to join the programme?

Joining the EU4EU programme was a straightforward process for us. We make sure to regularly update our information and internship opportunities on the portal each year. The application procedure is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

4 – How important do you think it is for a company to work internationally?

Working internationally can be crucial for organizations like EPIONI, as it provides a multitude of opportunities to enhance their impact and effectiveness. Hence, engaging with foreign partners allows us to exchange best practices, drawing on a diverse array of experiences to improve our own methodologies. Following this idea, collaborative research efforts are also significantly enriched through international cooperation. Finally, by operating on an international stage, EPIONI can influence policy at a broader level, advocating for changes that transcend national borders.

5 – What are the advantages of working with a foreign student in your team?

As said earlier, EPONI launches various projects aiming at supporting informal carers. Collaborating with a foreign student can significantly enhance these initiatives by bringing diverse perspectives, innovative ideas, and a deeper understanding of international issues. A student’s fresh viewpoint can thus truly lead to more comprehensive and effective project designs.

6 – Based on your experience, how fast the students learn what they have to do?

This can vary, but students often learn quickly, especially when given clear guidance, support, and a stimulating environment that aligns with their academic background and interests. Having strong English speaking and writing skills aids in their work efficiency. Nevertheless, AI tools are available to assist with refining their language and wording.

7 – How well trainees manage to adapt to the working environment?

Adapting to a new working environment can be challenging for some students. However, the process becomes significantly easier if the workplace offers a welcoming atmosphere, cultural sensitivity, and comprehensive orientation and support.

8 – Will you participate in the EU4EU programme?

Given the valuable outcomes and experiences from our current engagement, we will certainly participate in the upcoming matching period.

9 – Would you suggest another company to join the EU4EU programme? Why?

As the EU4EU programme has proven to be a great resource for fostering international collaboration and innovation, we have endorsed the programme to our peers at the Belgian Brain Council in Brussels. The BBC is now an active host member of the EU4EU project. We also persist in communicating our favorable experiences with the programme to other companies or non-profit organizations, encouraging them to join it.