Your favourite (★) spaces appear here.
Welcome to ESN Wiki!
What is a Wiki?
The term "wiki" actually means quick in Hawaiian and the important part of wikis - what makes them different from any other type of website - is collaborative editing by the users. In our case, only a selected group of ESNers can edit the Wiki, but you all contribute, even if indirectly.
Welcome to this guide to the ESN Wiki, ESN's main knowledge and information platform, a cornucopia of information, toolkits, opportunities and more.
On the Wiki we store many resources that we hope will be helpful and serve as a support to you. This is intended to be a user guide and a resource for volunteers on all levels who wish to have a better understanding on how the ESN Wiki works and how to make the most out of it.
You might have already used the Wiki a couple of times but this guide will help you to unlock its full potential and show you how to contribute to its enrichment for the benefit of the whole network.
This guide is divided into four chapters:
Let’s start with the basics!
ESN Wiki is fully accessible after logging in with your ESN Account so make sure that you have one, otherwise your access to the platform will be limited. At the top-right corner, click on the “Login” button and you should be automatically directed to the login page. If not, you can log in manually at https://accounts.esn.org/ or https://accounts.esn.org/user/login.
You have now entered the Wiki - Welcome!
Space vs Page
Throughout this guide, you will encounter terms such as “Page” and “Space”. In fact ESN Wiki is organised in Spaces and their Pages. They might sound similar but there is a substantial difference as a Space is a broader term, a folder that contains different Pages. This means that pages are created always under a specific Space as subfolders.
So : Spaces (folders) – contain -> Pages (subfolders)
An example, and a really useful one too, would be the ESN Toolbox, which is a Space. By clicking it, you will be able to access documents, guides and tools created by experienced volunteers and divided by clear topics (Organisational Management, Event Management, Human Resources, Education and Advocacy, etc.). All of these are pages.
Right after logging in, on the left side of your screen, you can find the sidebar. There you can find “My Spaces”. This is not set by us; everybody has their own selection of favourite spaces.
The page list for all the spaces will always be visible in the sidebar, which can be easily hidden by pressing the “collapse sidebar” button (<<) in the lower-right part of the sidebar, or even faster by pressing the [ key..
After you log in, you will find a sidebar on the left side of your screen. Click on the sidebar and you will find “My Spaces”. They contain your own selection of favourite spaces, you can customise it however you like, your favourite (★) spaces will always appear here.
How can you do so? There are two ways:
Tip: My Spaces is extremely useful to speed up your navigation through the Wiki. As mentioned before, everyone can tailor their own Space and can add as an example your country space, events, toolboxes or templates.
If you are looking for specific information about an ESN country, you are in luck because each ESN country is assigned its own country space.
Use the search bar to find the country and you will discover, among other things, the History, Structure, Documents, Events, Activities & Programmes, which are uploaded there and are available for all to read. Oh, and all those lengthy country reports that make for such a lovely Sunday read - you’ll find them also there.
As mentioned above, the Space directory is a place where you can find all Spaces currently available on the Wiki. There are categories in place that can be used for filtering. An example is the country spaces under the category “country”.
ESN Wiki has a really powerful tool which is the search engine. You can search for Spaces, Pages, people, pictures, documents and so on… you are able to find everything that has been uploaded on the platform.
The “Watch” button (👁 ) is an extremely useful tool that works exactly like a subscription button. It can be found in the top-right corner of every space/page, just under the search bar. When you click it, you become a watcher of this space/page and you will automatically receive email notification about changes and new files being uploaded.
ESN Toolbox is a set of documents and guides created by experienced ESNers for you to help you with everything you need for successfully building and empowering your section and national level.
The Toolbox is a Space on the new Wiki with the main purpose of gathering all useful documents, guides, TSOs, financial materials and many other resources in one place. This space is divided into eight categories corresponding to areas the network works in.
The content is a compilation of tools and materials meant to be used by the whole network. Therefore, it is important for everybody to reach out to the Network Committee when you have a new tool or document available. Submissions will be received directly by the Wiki team through a simple form.
From the Welcome Page you can access the Help Centre by clicking on its name. You can then find 3 tools :
Opportunities for volunteers/ sections
ESN is full of opportunities for development! Whether you are interested in attending training events, you would like to apply for a position on the international level or you would like a chance to host an event in your city, we got you covered in three easy steps. First, log-in to Wiki, then look for the “Basics of ESN” space. Now click on the “Opportunities for you!” page in the sidebar.
The “Opportunities for you!” page is divided into “Opportunities for sections” and “Opportunities for volunteers”, and here is where all the network care, development, engagement, personal and professional development opportunities in ESN can be found.
Alternatively, you can click directly on the topbar to find current opportunities in ESN .
In this page you can find a summary of how ESN is organised on all three levels (local, national and international level) with all the respective governing bodies and support structures.
In this page you can find out the details on the three types of membership: local membership, national membership and associate membership. Since all types of membership have their own acceptance procedures, rights and obligations towards ESN, it is quite important to know the differences.
In addition, you can find documents and instructions on how to become a volunteer, join as a local section and create a National Organisation.