The transition from high school to college is one of the most important moments in young people’s lives. Loneliness and poor mental health are more than once common among starting students. A strong social community can help with this problem (Thomas, Orme & Kerrigan, 2020). The introduction period at the beginning of the student years is often the place where this community is first built. As we all know, the induction and student start time will look different from normal this year. Most introduction activities will take place online and education will also look different in the first semester.

Do you want to help us to support the (international) freshmen in Arnhem? Do you want to help them build a community? Do you want to help them settle in Arnhem?

Register now for the buddy project (click!)!

You will be linked one on one to a first-year student. The link is random (unless you specify otherwise in the registration form). After registration you will receive a welcome email from us with more information and access to the buddy whatsapp group. In that group you can plan tips, information and activities with the other participants (both buddies and students)! As soon as a link is possible, you and the student will receive an email. How you shape the contact yourself is up to you!

The coordinator of this project is student pastor Iris Springvloet. You can contact her for questions and more information. Iris can be reached at iris@arnhemstudentpoint.nl/ buddy@arnhemstudentpoint.nl and +31639709203.