All members of Comitas are able to send their motivation until the 18th of September.
All members of Comitas are able to send their motivation until the 18th of September.
Enjoying your holiday? Last week School of Life went on a four day SOLiday to the sunny south of the Netherlands. Due to the sun and fun new plans arose for the upcoming school year. We are very excited for our last few months as the board Reddingius 2016/2017.
Only 5 weeks left until 70 amazing people are going to run the dam tot dam loop for School of life!
Want to be part of this event but don't feel like running? Support them on the side line the 17th of September.
Our champions will run 16 km from Amsterdam to Zaandam, so there are plenty of opportunities and spots to enjoy the sun, a nice beverage and in the meantime, motivate the runners. Together we finish to support education!
While you’re still enjoying your summer cocktails, School of Life already thinks about making the darker days of October brighter. Therefore, after the big success of last year, The Craft Beer festival is coming back to town. On the 8th of October, Edel will be the place to be in Amsterdam, at 15:00 'o clock the doors open for tasty craft beers, good food & lot's of music. You don't want to miss out on this, so Buy your ticket here
If you’re an early bird your ticket only costs 10,- ! So don’t wait too long with buying your ticket!
While the sun in Mexico is always shining and the temperatures are rising, the dream team is busy building the hotel. A team of 15 construction workers on site. They work six days a week from 8 am to 6 pm, no matter the weather circumstances. It might be freaking hot, it might be pouring down with rain, but they keep going. These guys come from (sometimes remote) communities in the state of Oaxaca, and even Chiapas. Often they are from the same village, and might even be family (find members of the same family in this photo!)
But what’s a hotel with a heart without the right colours? Last week hotel Con Corazon visited a Mexican mosaic factory, where each and every piece is handmade, and it looks amazing. Because the tiles are made of cement they don’t need to be baked in an oven but they just dry in the open air. That makes the process relatively fast.
You can literally pick any design and colour you want. In fact, you can even have your own design made.
From the first week of September on, we are going to put the application online for a new board! Are you motivated to do someting for charity, work in a team, organise events and combine everything with school? You can send your motivation to email@example.com from the 28th of August.
The functions you can apply for are the following and will differ from last year:
Will you become our new board of 2017/2018?
The 11th of June, SOL had its first edition of SOL Sensation at WattWorks, Amsterdam. 3 rounds, 45 participants, sweat, competition and spinning were commonplace.
School of Life would like to thank everyone who participated during this event.
The day started off early, preparing all food & beverages for the participants who were about to burn a lot of calories. Around 11.30 the first spinners arrived at the location and were excited to jump on their bicycles. At exactly 12 o’clock we were off on our way to the top of the Mont Ventoux with the professional guidance of trainers Loek and Sander. After 50 minutes of an intensive work-out, the exhausted and red faces were entering our green room. Where hydrating drinks and delicious food was waiting.
We spent the day with repeating our work out for 3 hours, with each hour new participants. Even though, everyone cycled individually the team spirit was there as we all had the same goal, raising awareness and money for School of Life. A successful sports event with your support! The photos are available on our Facebook.
However, we have more news to share with you! The floor plan for the new hotel in Mexico, Oaxaca is out.
On the street side, there is a room that will serve as a shop, where tours, local products and rent bicycles will be sold. You will enter the hotel through a big gate next to the shop. While walking down the stairs to the premises that are situated some 4 meters lower you will enter our ‘oasis’.
The long stretch that connects the two buildings, left and right, and that serves as the reception area and common space, has glass doors on both sides that will be open during the day. It connects the two gardens in the front and the back, where we will create spaces for tourists to relax, work or chat.
The hotel has three floors with 14 rooms in total. The upper floor will have a large terrace on one side. More details will be shown soon!
GET EXCITED, because our second edition of the Craft Beer Festival will become reality. In October, you will get the chance to enjoy craft beers, a good greasy burger and great music. Ticket sale will start after summer break.
Last but not least, the Student Association S.A. Comitas, where School of Life originates from will celebrate its third Luster this year. Taking place at the end of November filled with surprising and stunning events. With the support of the Luster Committee, the 26th of November Chique day will become a benefit event, where all money raised will go to School Of Life. An event to dress and impress.
Enjoy your summer holidays!
As May has come to an end and the temperature starts to rise in our little country, we know, yes summer is around the corner! Last week, Comitas and School of Life organised a SOL soos night, which turned out in a huge success! Tequila was flowing, piñatas were up in the air and Mexican outfits were on fleek, a special shout out to Darcy and Jip with their smashing outfits. A big thanks to you all guys for making it such a success
Did you already book your ticket to Ibiza or Saint Tropez, but enjoyed too much beer last year? Well then this is your chance to get that body summer proof and help the kids in Nicaragua.
Next week, the 11th of June, School of Life is organizing its first indoor cycle marathon at WattWorks Amsterdam.
We have every hour 18 bicycles available to spin for charity and for only 15 euros per person you can team up and together cycle for 1 hour. This means you can signup at your preferable time slot (from 13:00-17:00) to join us during an indoor spin training given by professional instructors.
Of course, we want you to get in shape but not starve and therefore we arranged drinks, food and a lot of music and fun. Our main sponsor this day will be Marqt, who will provide you with their organic food and drinks!
You can bet on your favourite spinner which enables you to win some prices. All for a good cause, School of Life. The entire profit of the event will go to School of Life, that will help a child get education in Third World Countries. School of Life is currently focusing on two villages in Mexico and Nicaragua.
Don’t like cycling? Ushuaia doesn’t like fat people! So team up and let’s cycle to get a kid education! Visit http://www.cfschooloflife.com/sol-sensation-2017/ and make a change, because only together we can do it.
Dam tot Damloop
The team for the Dam tot Dam loop 2017, is getting in shape! Thanks to bootcamp Vondel, bootcamp Open Air and running Holland, the month May was a very sportive month, with a lot of planking & squads. Interested in professional running training? Running Holland is providing 13 trainings during June, July and August to get you ready for that 16 km, contact the Dam tot Dam ambassadors for more information.
While we think the Netherlands is hot, Mexico is even hotter! But don’t worry we are happy to announce that Hotel con Corazon just bought water saving showerheads, taps and toilets for the hotel! In Oaxaca, the mu
nicipality provides tap water only once a week, or once every two weeks. This means that you need to store that water in your cisterna, an on-site reservoir. The bigger your cisterna, the more water supply you have. Houses usually have one of 5,000 liters, hotels 20,000 to 120,000 (!) liters.
Dear all, this month it’s your chance to get healthy and in shape together with School of Life!
So fitgirls and fitboys, the 11th of June the first edition of SOL Sensation will take place at WattWorks Amsterdam. This event is an indoor cycle marathon, everyone can cycle for 1 hour (15 euro’s only). You can sign up at your preferable time slot and training will be given by professional instructors. Do you want to beat your sorority or fraternity friends during this hour? You can sign up as a team as well and cycle together and beat each other with faster kilometres in less time! It will be a day with a lot of sports, fun, music, drinks, friends; all for the good cause, School of Life. We would like to invite you the 11th of June and cycle with us a child to education.
Bootcamps Dam tot Dam
Get ready to become wet and sweaty because School of Life is going to prepare you for the DamtotDam loop! From now on every week, bootcamps will be hosted situated at the Vondelpark and Rembrandtpark. The train
ings are accompanied by experienced movement scientists, best thing is; Bootcamps are for FREE. So don’t wait any longer and join us!
Buenos Dias from Mexico
In Mexico it has been a very busy month, Hotel con Corazon visited a local community center in one of the remoter and poorer areas of Oaxaca, in the context of the research of potential education projects to support. Furthermore, Saskia and Erica met a lot of boys and girls who were moved and motivated in the social focus of the hotel. They also expresse
d their wish to work for Hotel con Corazon Mexico.
This edition is all about teamwork. As March has come to an end, we are proud to announce our team of ambassadors, who will help us realize the following events;
Are you ready to cycle for charity? Because Zsa-Zsa Prins, Romain de Jong, Lotte van der Ven, Lausanne Bos and Bram Römer are ready! Together they will host the first edition of SOL Sensation. A complete new sport concept, which is about to happen in June. The team is busy with the all the preparations.
The Dam tot Dam loop will be organized by Puck Weijerman and Anna Elisa Bins, until now they rocked, as you might have heard, a team was created of 70 participants! Together with this great team we can not wait to see them train and reach that finish line for School of Life.
Expectations have been set and are about to be exceeded! We can’t wait to enjoy another crafted beer together with you. Danielle Kotter, Mylou Muller, Jessie de Ruiter, Nick de Leeuw and Emma de Wit will bring the annual Craft Beer Festival back after this summer.
Update from Hotel Con Corazón – Oaxaca, Mexico
A dream has come true! In December an oasis of 550m2, in the middle of the city was purchased. Currently the design has been made and the hotel is ready to be build! Can you already see yourself enjoying a margarita in the sun, while contributing to a good cause?
“Working on the distribution of rooms, general spaces and outdoor areas with the architects of RootStudio. It ain’t easy, fitting all our wishes in, but this is more or less what our hotelito will look like!”
But what about education? Because don’t forget that 75% of the profit of the hotel will go to education for the kids in the region. Currently research is being done on how to spend this money in the best way. Only 35% of Oaxaca’s young population attends or finishes high school. In rural areas, dropout is also high among primary school students. This is not a good basis for the socioeconomic future of Oaxaca and its youth. And it’s exactly to that future Hotel con Corazón wants to contribute with the support of School of Life.
Lastly, we all know that teamwork makes the dream work! Therefore, the board of School of Life has had a day in order to strengthen their teamwork. We faced each others’ weaknesses and strengths at the escape room in Amsterdam. A day with a lot of fun and closed off with a brainstorming session about the future of School of Life. Great things you will hear from us later ;).
Let’s do things together!
Last week we opened the application for recruiting new ambassadors for the upcoming three biggest events; SOL Sensation, Dam tot Dam loop and Craft Beer Festival.
Since we just closed the application and still looking at the motivation letters received we cannot announce the new Ambassadors yet… But do not worry, next week y’all will know!
Are you a real athlete? Do you like to exercise while doing something for charity? Than coming year is your SOL year! With SOL sensation and the Dam tot Dam loop on the agenda you will be ‘fit als een hoentje’ and ready for summer with your beach body.
Our new upcoming team of Ambassadors will use their creative mind and hard work to make this event unforgettable!
SOL Sensation will be a sports event, with spinning as a driver.
Teams can sign up and battle against each other who will get the most kilometers.
This event will last for 12 hours and each participant of the group will spin as fast as possible to beat the other team…. Who will be reaching the top first?
Dam tot Dam
Who hasn’t heard of Netherlands’ greatest run event? This event takes place in September however, most people start training in March/April already. The more consistent you train the better you will be running your 16km. Our team of Ambassadors will guide you through the progress of becoming a ‘fit girl or boy’. Not to be forgotten, training for this event is the perfect opportunity to get fit for your summer body!
SOL Mexico night in the Soos
Next to exercising for charity, you also need to relax. How better to do this than party for charity?
In block D we will host a Soos à la Mexicano! You will experience the ultimate Mexican party and all the money you would spend anyways during a regular Soos night, will go straight to charity. How amazing is that?
Make sure you stay up to date!
Fraternity supports School of Life
This month started off with the fundraising hosted by A.G.F. Caesar. Members of Caesar got the creative idea to sell home-made cookies. They were the first with this great initiative and we are very thankful for their support!
Education in Nicaragua
Currently, the extra educational support is provided in a rural community within two small schools, San Pablo and Bertha Gutierrez. In these schools is educational support for children aged 7-15 years in primary school and aged 15-22 years in secondary school. Now students are on vacation and they will return to school the 6th of February.
We are proud to announce the development within the school supplies. Children get the opportunity to work with laptops and therefore improve their way of educating.
Would you like to support this even more?
An investment of €25.000 will support 116 education years for children. It takes €200 per year to give one child full educational support in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hotel Con Corazon also supports the local community indirect by buying local supplies, pay taxes and provides job opportunities.
Who are actually our contacts in Oaxaca, Mexico?
We would like to introduce you to; Erica Donkers and Saskia Fishier, two supporters of Hotel Con Corazon and Marcel Zuidhof one of the founding fathers of Hotel Con Corazon. They are currently in Oaxaca to lead the construction of the new Hotel Con Corazon.
Erica Donkers: ‘”I have previously lived in Costa Rica and Mexico, where I worked in the field of Ecotourism and later with disadvantaged children. All this experience comes together in the challenges of Hotel con Corazón Mexico. I have a hands-on mentality and a great drive to realize my goals.”
Saskia Fiselier: “I first visited Oaxaca in 2008 and have been living here since 2011. I find the city the perfect place to realize a social hotel. I like to work as a team and love the challenge of getting a project like this together and turning it into a success.”
Marcel Zuidhof: “After six years in the Netherlands, I now want to use my experience to set up this new Hotel con Corazón in Mexico.”
The design of the hotel in Oaxaca is in progress and we are happy to share more pictures of the terrain.
We hope your 2017 will be a dazzling year, with new chances and opportunities! We also hope you have had a good Christmas and enjoyed or still enjoying your holidays.
A quick update what we have been up to in the month December and a sneak peek what is coming up coming months!
This month started off with the Hoscars hosted by the Student Council of Hotelschool The Hague.
The aim of the Hoscars is to reward the teacher of HtH for their skills, wisdom, hard work and dedication. The best lecturers and instructors were nominated and rewarded by the students.
During this event, School of Life was brought to daylight among teachers and students, where they got to know School of Life a little better. On top of all, a generous donation was done by the Student Council.
Looking back, we had a great evening and were honoured to be invited to the Hoscars, therefore would like to thank the Student Council for their support.
Progress of Board Reddingius
During the past month the board has been busy with setting goals for the future perspective of this year.
In 2017, the new Con Corazon Hotel in Mexico will be in the picture. This hotel will eventually generate money to help the local community in Oaxaca, Mexico.
In order to make our events successful it is of great importance to keep improving. Therefore, we would like to involve you within this process. Have you attended the First Edition of the Craft Beer Festival? We would love to hear your, honest and supportive, feedback. This will give us an insight on the improvements that should be taken into consideration next edition!
We kindly refer you to the survey that is online on the following website:
Would you like to relive this event again? Don’t forget to check out the amazing after movie
Auction at Duin & Kruidberg
School of Life will have its first event soon. We will host a 4-course Michelin star lunch and auction at Duin & Kruidberg, Santpoort the 19th of February. Do you have interest in participating and broaden your network, get to know alumni and people from different industries? please do not hesitate to contact us via our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Life’s main focus this year is on Mexico Oaxaca. Where Hotel Con Corazon will start up their second hotel this new year.
We are happy to inform you that the team of Hotel Con Corazon has bought the ground for the new hotel in this area. *
School of Life will support this new project with their donation by the end of 2017 that will be used for the construction of the project. Eventually with 100% of the profit that will be made with the hotel goes to education within this city. Most important is the fact that Hotel Con Corazon will not take over the education, but will make sure that the children within that city are able to extend their school hours. Therefore, education support will be provided locally.
Hopefully, we will reach our goal of €15.000 by the end of this year together with you. With direct contact with the organization in Oaxaca, School of Life will support a hotel room with their donation.
Agreements have been made with architects, the government, papers are signed and the design of the hotel has been completed. The construction of the building will start off in March. Oaxaca is about to start!
We are proud to announce the new board of School of Life, Board Reddingius. Upcoming year we will do everything in our power to continue with the great successes booked last year, by Board Elion. We are proud to be a part of this great initiative and personally willing to make School of Life a success by supporting children around the world. The second board of School of Life comprises:
Chairwoman – Maud Reddingius: ‘I am privileged to have the opportunity to actually mean something for others. People in third world countries do not have the same opportunities as we do. Everyone should have the chance to go to school and have a proper education. My personal mission is to not only work and live for myself, but next to this, help others too. School of Life empowers me to actually do something for these children and to help them realize their dreams’.
Secretary – Puck Rozendaal: ‘Education should be a human right. Unfortunately, nowadays education is a privilege and not that chance every child has the right to get. Therefore, joining the board of School of Life is a great honour and opportunity to endorse Hotel Con Corazon to provide the youths with access to education of good quality in order to improve their self-sustainability’.
PR Commissioner – Maaike Vissers: I cannot describe how pleased I am to be part of School of Life. This foundation provides education to the ones that do not have this opportunity, like you and me. Surprised by the fact that nowadays education is still not provided everywhere around the globe gave me the motivation to support this even more. School of Life is there to create awareness around this problem and with your support we can make a difference.
Treasurer – Barth Blankemeijer: ‘I have the honour to succeed the amazing Stephan Poot, former treasurer of School of Life. The coming year, it will be my responsibility to perform the financial and PR activities with regards to all sponsorships. As a Treasurer I will exceed my limits and do everything in my power to reach our goals and raise money for those who need it the most. But I am not alone and very much depending on the collaboration with my great board members. I am proud to combine my masculine instinct together with their feminine talent and sense to find the perfect balance in order to make it the most profitable year ever!’
Beer festival 20th of November
The 20th of November the Craft Beer Festival was hosted at the Westerliefde. Due to the bad weather the event became an amazing success! We are looking back at a great day filled with the best Amsterdam craft beers, delicious food, an amazing lottery and an entertaining line-up. With proud we can say that we raised a total amount of €1934.86, gathered with your support and enthusiasm. A special thanks to Merlijn, Martijn, Barth, Maud, Maaike for organizing this. We hope to see you again next year at the second edition!
Would you like to have some more information about this event? Our favourite food-blogger Kiki Bosman has written a full report of the day, describing the event perfectly; a day you would not have missed. Thank you Kiki!
Board Change 28th of November
The 28th of November the moment was finally there, Board Elion would become Board Reddingius officially. Gathered together in le Debut with all our families, Board Koks, Board van der Reijden and members of Hotel Con Corazon it was an amazing night to celebrate Board Elion’s success for the last time. Great memories, fun facts and a lot of emotions were flowing around that evening. A night to remember.
A big shout out to…..
Board Elion! Stephan, Paul, Lara & Vivian, without them School of Life would not have been such a huge success in the premiere year. An amount of €10.000, donated to Hotel con Corazon, they can support at least 100 children in Mexico with their education.
Thank you for your time and effort, for believing in School of Life, for helping so many children and for giving us the privilege to become the new board.