We invite you for a personal meeting with unique persons: a refugee, a veteran, a violin builder, a storyteller, or you go to a temple, a mosque, a social initiative… You pick the meeting, we make sure that you’re expected. In Rotterdam we can create custom programs tailored to your wishes, also for larger companies. Contact us!
105 HOSTS - 10 CITIES - 128 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
Exodus South Holland South is housed in the so-called Super Cube. Architect Piet Blom designed these special homes. (Ex-) prisoner...s, after or during imprisonment, who want to make a new start without crime are welcome here. There are fourteen men and women living in this house. The program is focused on self-reliance and personal responsibility. Much attention is paid to the house rules. It’s not always easy to participate in the strict program. Rest and rhythm are important. The chaos of the past has given enough mess. Detrimental behavior and breaking the house rules are not accepted. Positive behavior, development and initiative are rewarded.
Nico Prins will take you to the middle of the port operations of the large city ports Waalhaven en Eemhaven. This is the place whe...re inhabitants and visitors can feel and experience the beating heart of the world economy for 24 hours of the day, 7 days of the week. Here you get to see in a unique way while walking through the area, guided by the City Narrator Nico Prins, how Rotterdam is working on the future developments. In an interactive way Nico will introduce you to one of the best hidden secrets of Rotterdam. Nico Prins is professional storyteller with more than 20 years experience and is inhabitant of Rotterdam in heart and soul, born and raised between the ports. He knows his city and the history of the place and likes to tell about the development and groth of the city. The city of Rotterdam is a changing city in a changing world. Rotterdam recently lost its position as largest port in the world, but is still the leader when it comes to innovation. Rotterdam is a city with big ambitions in the development towards the sustainable world. Nico has a long history in working with sustainability and is able to explain in a simple way how the process works towards a more sustainable world. In the area Heijplaat/RDM he found his place and created Open air museum Rotterdam. All aspects of the city of Rotterdam and the ports are coming together in a small area: the industrial cultural heritage of a no more functional large shipyard RDM with the adjacent garden village Heijplaat, 100 years ago specially built for the employees of the yard, now form an area that is in the middle of a process of transforming to a centre of knowledge, it is a model of the sustainable world of tomorrow where working, learning, leisure and living go hand in hand on a few square kilometers. Nico is actively involved within this transition for over a decade and knows all the ins and outs of the story. With Nico as guide in the area Heijplaat/RDM the transition of the industrial activities á la 20th century to the sustainable development of the 21st century truly comes alive in the only real open air museum Rotterdam.
Radio Brasa is made for lovers of so-called Black & Caribbean Music with a colorful lifestyle. Every day their shows are dedicated... to this lifestyle: Young, entrepreneurial, focused on the power of culture and self-reliance, with or without bi-cultural background. Marciano is an entrepreneur and the founder of Radio Brasa. He loves to take you into the world of media literacy and media representation.
There's always a lot going on at Pluspunt. Everyone is working or learning at his or her level. You'll find a bicycle repair, a we...lding shop, a carpenter, a thrift store and a recycle place. In the nearby square the Pluspunt clients can tend to the garden together with local residents. Herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, are grown, picked and harvested all depending on the season. There is a bus to help people with who are moving homes and for small jobs in and around the house for people in the neighborhood. Every day they eat a fresh made meal together. You are welcome for a good conversation with a good cup of coffee
The Pluspunt Foundation was established in January 2005 with the aim of both a proper care and provide meaningful activities to th...e homeless in Rotterdam. These are also people who live in social isolation who want to come out again. Think of people who sit at home for example psychosocial problems and have little or no social contacts. Patrick or Bas give you a warm welcome. Take a look in the living room and workshop and get into conversation with the great people of Pluspunt Advantage.
The Food Garden Rotterdam promotes a healthy city. They are in favor of a sustainable urban society, with healthy food for everyon...e, without poverty and social exclusion. With people who actively shape their own lives and take responsibility for each other and their environment. The garden provides food: sustainably grown seasonal vegetables for the Rotterdam Food Bank. In addition, it is a place to meet and do something; a place to produce food and to develop talents. They are thinking of extending the project and grow more food gardens for food banks. In addition, the Foundation wants to be part of sustainable developments in the Rotterdam region. The garden is a green area with a park-like character in a district that is in full development, so it offers many possibilities as a unifying factor between business, non-profit organizations, local residents and nature lovers!
Noel Brazão Soares was born in the Cape Verde Islands and has been living in Rotterdam since 1986. He has been working as a sports... instructor since 1998 and he is a supervisor within the mental health institute Bouman. He’s mainly concerned with nutrition, sports and recreation. Three nights a week he’s giving boxing and kick boxing lessons at the Cool district of Rotterdam. He’s also working together with the police. Once Noel was Dutch champion, Benelux champion and European champion kickboxing and he has also participated in K1 max match in Japan against Masato Kobayashi. For Noel kickboxing is a way to encourage young people to stay on the right path. He’s also coaching children with autism and children who want to work on their overweight. He’s also running a competitione team called Team Soares. This team takes part in monthly contests and tournaments. In this way young people are able to broaden their horizons and to gain new experiences
Tai Ji Quan is pronounced as' taai dzjie tsjoewèn'. Literally translated this means ultimate best fist (fighting method). But this... translation is all but complete. Tai Ji refers to one extremity (the ultimate) and the other extremity (the best) and thus refers to the philosophy of Yin and Yang. So in fact Tai Ji Quan means unarmed martial art based on the philosophy of Ying and Yang. In this workshop you practise Tai Ji Quan yourself. Excersizes consist of the performance of a series of slow, smooth movements. The movements are often round, ensuring the whole body is in motion in a gentle way. Moving in a relaxed way is of great importance. Muscles function the best when having a good posture. Balance, concentration and coordination are the essential aspects that are practiced while performing Tai Ji. In Tai Ji the health aspect is important. No physical force is used only inner strength, the idea, the intention of a movement.
Lucky Walks are developed and implemented especially for vulnerable elderly, mostly residents of health care facilities, and volun...teers . 50 species of luck are there are to be discovered i.a. tile peering, green watching and water staring.
Welcome to the home of Marina Ausheva. Marina worked as a nurse in Gorky, Chechnya. When the apartment where she lived with her hu...sband and four children had suffered extensive damage once more from the struggle that was going on in Chechnya between the Russian leadership and Chechen. separatists, Marina decided to leave. She says: "I do not know what was scarier, to stay or to leave. Now I'm fine and my kids are doing well. All four had a proper education and I'm the proud granny of two grandchildren."
The Krishna movement was founded in New York in 1966 by the A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada from India. Already in 1968 ...the movement expanded to Europe. There are four centers in the Netherlands with a total of 200 initiates and some 200 supporters The Krishna movement is a movement within Hinduism. Krishna is central. Passing on the love of God is the highest goal. The chanting of the mantra should be repeated every day at least 16 x 108 times, but as many times as you want. The chanting is done using a rosary with 108 beads. You will be warmly received in the temple. After a tour and explanation is the high time to launch your questions.
This parish of the Russian Orthodox Church was founded in Rotterdam by Archimandrite Dionysius. He was active in the resistance du...ring the Second World War. Amongst other people, he hid a Jewish woman. When she was not found during a search, he attributed this to a miraculous icon of the Mother of God, which had been given to him by a monk from India. He then vowed to start a Russian church in Rotterdam, dedicated to this icon.
Gijsbert was trained as a violin maker at the Newark School of Violin Making in England (1988 -1991). During and after his studies... he gained experience in studios in Berlin, Madrid and Montpellier. On his return to the Netherlands in 1995 he established as an independent violin maker. In recent years he has been in his studio in Rotterdam mainly engaged in the construction of instruments, particularly cellos, but also violins and violas. Over the years he has built up extensive experience with sound enhancement tools and he pays much attention to the adjustment of both new and antique instruments. He will tell you all about it and ask away!
Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by a...rchitect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. Do not vsit the Show Cube for tourists, but the cube house of Hellen. She tells how it is to live without vertical lines. Ring the bell and take a look at the cube of Hellen.
The Turkisch Koçatepe Mosque is housed in a former school. On the outside it's still a big school that doesn't look like a mosque ...at all. But inside, at the end of the corridor, you'll find a beautiful place of worship. You'll get a tour through the mosque. You'll hear something about the rituals and the habits and you will be invited to ask anything you want to know.