• Nando Kasteleijn

Nando Kasteleijn

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  • Erwin van de Zande

Erwin van de Zande

Student Communication

  • Jeanine Muijs

Jeanine Muijs

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Winter Course - Values under Pressure

Winter Course - Values under Pressure

This is the site with information about the CHE Winter Course

For the fourth subsequent year we will host the Winter Course in the Netherlands for Christian students from the following partnering Colleges and Universites in the USA and Canada:

De 45 students will participate in 14 days of extensive learning; sharing and multiplying.You will be our guest at CHE (Ede Christian University of Applied Sciences), located in the center of our small country.

Some key concepts of the program:

  • experiential learning (and not just in the class room)
  • a personal approach
  • never a dull moment (with a lot of different activities)
  • cross cultural all over the place (especially since you will stay with Dutch families and styudents at their home base)
  • challenging conversations about all the important aspects of life (faith, relationships, parties, etc.)

The program is open for students with all kinds of majors. The learning process is essentially experiential and not topic-oriented. Three subjects will play an important part, but they can be connected to each major. These topics are: calling and vocation; challenges in Europe and cross cultural self management.

Wiel in sneeuw 

Week Subject CHE Faculty Course Leader
 1 Calling and Profession Harm Hilvers, Jan Lok  Jan Lok
 2 European Culture and the Global Crises  Harm Hilvers, Jan Lok   Harm Hilvers

During the CHE Winter Course excursions will be organized to Zeeland, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Also included are a series of Company visits.

Expected expenses

The CHE Winter Course is free of tuition. The expected costs for the students will be around € 300 per week, including board & lodging, transportation costs and a ... bike. The payment will be done by an invoice between CHE and your College / University.
You probably need around €50 per week for additional costs (meals during trips, specified below).

For more information, please contact us:
Everything about the organizational aspects (housing, food, transportation, finances, a.s.o.) will be dealt with by Cas van der Broecke, our project assistant. You can contact him on cvdbroecke@student.che.nl 
Everything about the content of the Winter Course: Jan Lok (Project Manager Winter Course) at jlok@che.nl

The first week

Saturday January 6

Arrival in Amsterdam, at 14:00 (2:00 PM) at Dwaze Zaken (also called the Samaritans Inn). The Samaritans Inn is YWAM Amsterdam’s most visible facility due to its high-traffic location opposite the main entrance of Amsterdam Central Train Station and its lightened signs reading ‘Jesus Loves You’. Address: Prins Hendrikkade 50, Amsterdam
Meeting with Jan Lok of CHE (cell phone 0031629534948)
After a good cup of strong coffee (welcome to the Netherlands), we will head for our hostel (location t.b.a.) 
A Walking tour around the Red Light District with a guide of one of the Dutch Christian NGO's, working over there.

We continue the afternoon with a canal bout tour (the best way Amsterdam presents itself to visitors) and afterwards a simple dinner provided by CHE in one of the 1900 restaurants
Evening off (recovering from a jet lag). 
We will find a location in which it is also possibe to have a kind of debriefing of the day. The tour around the Red Light District can be a confronting experience.

Sunday January 7

Leaving the hostel around 9:00 AM for a trip by the metro to the 10:00 AM Service of Hillsong Amsterdam in het Tropentheater (there will be an opportunity to buy a Museum Card for €60. It gives you free entrance to 95% of the Dutch museums, including the Anne Frank House)
After the service, a Q&A with Petra Schoen, colleague at CHE and member of the Hillsong Leadership Team.
Afterwards we will head together to the center of Amsterdam to enjoy one of those Dutch street lunches (please, try the kroket).
Subsequently we will visit some hot spots in the center (e.g. the almost solemn quietness of the Begijnhof) and there we will split up:
- some will walk to the Museum District. It provides you with a major chance to visit one of the great Amsterdam museums (suggestion: Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum).
- a visit to the Anne Frank House (but I suggest to do it in the last weekend and to make reservations ahead of time)
- Another suggestion: take Tram 2 as a tourist attraction.
So, after the Begijnhof, it's up to you. Explore the city in small groups and return to the hostel in the evening.
Dinner is at your own expenses

Monday January 8

Leaving in the morning for Ede, by train (Train leaves from Amsterdam Centraal at 9:55, track 4a - arrival in Ede-Wageningen at 10:47) 
Walking to CHE (15 minutes - luggage by car)
Lunch provided at CHE.
Handing over your main transport system for 12 days: a rented bicycle
Introductory lecture by Jan about the Dutch culture and the program of the two weeks 
Tour around the University (it can be done in 10 minutes ;-))
Meeting with your host where you will stay for one or two weeks.
Dinner with your host.

Tuesday January 9

Morning: Company Visit
Afternoon: Visit to Holland Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
Leave at 12:30 at main entrance CHE
Return around 17:00. Dinner with your host.

Wednesday January 10 

Start of a two day 'conference' at CHE about Calling and Profession, together with 100 senior Dutch Business and HR-students of CHE.
- workshops / seminars
- guest lecture by manager of Interface
- reflection by small assignments
Dinner with your host.

Thursday January 11

Second day of the 'conference' with all kinds of communion activities in Ede, organized by DienjeStad. Together with Dutch students in small groups, you will support people at the fringe of society.
Followed by debriefing at CHE (at 14:00) with a challenging assignment: describe as specific as possible what you want to learn about
- living in another culture
- Christianity abroad
- your calling and profession
- Europe
- yourself
So: define your personal learning objectives (as SMART as possible); share it and ask support from the rest of the international students.
Dinner with your host.

Friday January 12

Early morning (around 5:30 AM): Visit to the Flower Auction in Ede
Around 10:00 AM at CHE: Introduction to the subject of the second week: dilemmas in Europe (related to culture) and the related 'research assignment'. 
Prepare to make pairs for doing interviews in the center of Brussels.
Dinner with your host.


The second week

Saturday January 13

A day at the waves. A trip (by bus & car) to the magnificent province of Zeeland, where there is a continuous struggle with the sea.
We leave at 9:00 AM from the main entrance at the CHE, which is closed on a Saturday (park bicycles outside bicycle park and connect them with your chain locks)
Dinner somewhere in Zeeland, paid by CHE.

Sunday January 14

We will organize two trips but you are also free to join your hosts on their Sunday program (please communicate this the latest on Thursday, January 10, to Cas van der Broecke)
Morning: visit (by bicycle, leaving at 9:45 from main entrance CHE) to the International Church Fellowship of Wageningen
Afternoon: visit to the Kroller Muller Museum in Ede with plenty van Goghs and other impressionists and a great, great sculpture garden.
Dinner with your host.

Monday January 15

Around 9:00 AM - Leaving for Brussels where you will stay for two nights in a hostel
Company visit in the afternoon
Dinner, together in the Center of Brussels, paid by CHE

Tuesday January 15

Morning: Visiting main spots of the European Union, including a tour around the European Parliament and the Parlamentarium.
Afternoon: doing research in the center of Brussels
Dinner in Brussels, at your own expenses
Around 21:00 Debriefing at the hostel

Wednesday January 17

Leaving Belgium
- The students of Cornerstone University will fly home from the Belgium National Airport (Zaventem)
- The rest of the students will return to Ede with some nice stops on the way back
Dinner with your host.

January 18

Morning: Leaving for Rotterdam (the 9:12 train from Ede-Wageningen. Meet each other at the platform)
Topic of the day: how does a society deal with 'the weak and vulnerable'?
- Walking Tour by an 'experience expert'
- Reflection, together with a local representative of the Salvation Army
In the Afternoon:
Suggestions: the MarkthalEuromast (a tower with an exceptional view for €9,75); 
the Rotterdam Harbour Tour (take the 14:00 boat for €13,25)
For free with a museum card: de Kunsthal (modern art); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (all kinds of art) and the Architecture and Design Museum.
Suggestion for dinner in Rotterdam ... a kapsalon (a cross cultural innovation, invented in Rotterdam)

Friday January 19

Morning: preparing for sharing the learning outcomes of the two weeks
12:00 - 13:40 Sharing the learning outcomes and the results of the street interviews in class 
18:00 - 21:00 farewell party at the home of one of the hosts with a kind of potluck (for the Dutch: een Amerikaanse maaltijd)

Saturday January 20

End of the program.
We will drop you off at the trains station of Ede-Wageningen.
We suggest you to continue your trip with a weekend in Amsterdam 
All activities (including train tickets) from now on at your own expenses


Disclaimer: this schedule is still very flexible
Changes in the schedule will be communicated by this site and within an app-group with the hosts