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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 partnering Colleges and Universites in the USA and Canada. We invite you to 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)
  • 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 students and families 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 Companu 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.): to be specified
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
Meeting with Jan Lok of CHE (cell phone 0031629534948)
After a good cup of 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 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)
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 reservatiuons 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

Tuesday January 9

Morning: Start of three day 'retreat' about Calling and Profession
You have to develop (within a cross cultural project group) a game about a challenging dilemma within the framework of Calling and Profession. 
In the morning: some workshops / seminars about aspects of Calling & Profession
Afternoon: Visit to Holland Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
Leave at 12:30 at main entrance CHE

Wednesday January 10  Retreat about Calling and Profession.
- workshops / seminars
- guest lecture by manager of Interface
- working at the assignment
Followed by debriefing at CHE (at 16:00) with a challenging assignment: describe as specific as possible what you want to learn about
- living in another culture
- Christianity abroad
- Europe
- yourself
So: define your personal learning objectives (as SMART as possible); share it and ask support from the rest of the international students.

Thursday January 11 Early morning (around 5:00 AM): Visit to the Flower Auction in Ede
Another morning of workshops and seminars.
Afterwards: Working in project groups. Finalizing the game assignment.
Between 15:00 and 18:00 Presentation of the games at a small CHE Event

Friday January 12 Morning: 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.


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)

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 Jan)
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

Monday January 15

Morning: working on the research
Around 11:00 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

Tuesday January 15 Morning: Visiting main spots of the European Union, including a tour around the European Parliament.
Afternoon: doing research in the center of Brussels
Dinner 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 
- The rest of the students will return to Ede with some nice stops on the way back

Thursday 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... 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

Saturday January 20 End of the program
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