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We send you into a neighbourhood you would normally avoid. Without a guide. You ring a doorbell. Someone who is expecting you will open the door. You go in. Perhaps you enter the home of a refugee, a veteran, a violin maker or the studio of an artist, a temple. There are no taboos; You can ask anything as long as you show respect to your host or hostess. You will return with a story never to forget.

83 HOSTS - 9 CITIES - 108 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)

An introduction to Mr. van Houten

ROTTERDAM, TUSSENDIJKEN

Mr. van Houten is a carpentry shop where people work with intellectual disabilities or psychiatric problems. Under supervision the...y learn how to make furniture and how to restyle old furniture. The products they've made are sold in the store. They also can make furniture on demand and custommade. Mr. van Houten is part of Pameijer.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Health and Care, Crafts, Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-6
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €7

The selfless father and shepherd to hundreds in the slum.

NAIROBI, SOWETO

As much as he was lucky to get a scholarship and be a professional person in computer consultancy, he never forgot where he came f...rom-the streets. He always counted himself lucky to have gone through school and he never forgot about the homeless and the less fortunate in the society. One day he downed his tools from a well paying government job to be with the street kids. Some years later,here stands a home, school and church for this little angels who are now full of smiles and hope. Get to sit with Luke and listen to this story which sounds like a fable and will leave you wiping tears of joy and pain at the same time! He lost his friends, life, profession and himself to follow his soul and finally found his happiness- supporting the less fortunate.

LANGUAGE: English, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Africa
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 5-20
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €32

Not enough money for food? The Food Bank is there to help

ROTTERDAM, DELFSHAVEN

Bring a pack of pasta or Rice on your visit as these do not easily reach their expiration date. Most of the food you will find in ...the Food Bank comes from big producers and retail chains that donate food that reaches the expiration date. So some rice or pasta will be appreciated. You will be amazed at the size of the hall. The couple Clara and Sjaak Sies started the first Food Bank in the Netherlands. Other cities followed but Rotterdam remains the central point. Through this private initiative in Rotterdam alone 2,000 families are provided with a box of fresh vegetables and necessary groceries every week. The contents depends on the supply of the moment. The initiative is supported by companies and a lot of volunteers. Ask anything you would like to know about the Food Bank!

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Food, Social and Welfare, Civil initiatives
CULTURE CODE: Mixed
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-12
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

A Touch of the Orient by Feyrouz

ATHENS, SYNTAGMA

'Feyrouz', a much loved Athenian street food joint, bundles a mix of flavors from Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Greece in a unique an...d palette-pleasing fashion! While his mother, Feyrouz, prepares all the delicacies downstairs, Andreas will try to make you a part of his family's intriguing past. Descending from historic Antakya, a city located in southeastern Turkey, Andreas was born in Greece, introducing a fusion of tastes, music, cultures. Food (and music) lovers, you are in for a treat! Andreas will lead you to his mother's scrumptious 'lahmacuns' and 'pides' while he plays his oud.

LANGUAGE: Greek, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 30 Minutes
CATEGORY: Culture, Food, Migration
CULTURE CODE: Greece
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-6
PRICE PER PERSON: €20

Meditation on a Sunday morning at the Sakya Thegchen Ling

DEN HAAG, KONINGSPLEIN

Once a month there’s a meeting in the center to meditate together. The start is at 10:00 hrs with the meditation and the closure i...s at 12.00 hrs after a nice cup of coffee or tea. There is a changing program of prayers and meditations. Who hasn’t had a transfer of a qualified teacher of meditation on the program, can read along the text and may visualize the Buddha. Everyone is welcome.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 120 Minutes
CATEGORY: Religion
CULTURE CODE: China
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-2
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

A good conversation with Jamila and a cup of tea

ROTTERDAM, NIEUWE WESTEN

Ring the bell and take a seat at the table. Jamila has fled the Afghan war long ago with her family and has built up her new life ...in the Netherlands. Meanwhile Jamila is not a refugee anymore, but a proud Dutch woman.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English, Dari
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Civil initiatives, Politics
CULTURE CODE: Afghanistan
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-8
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

A peek at Miss Janssen

ROTTERDAM, COOL

There are about twenty people employed by ‘Atelier Miss Janssen’. They all are mentally challenged or have a psychiatric disorder.... Twenty people with their own talent and their own personal style. Together with a designer and an artist they create unique products to be sold in the store in the front.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Social and Welfare, Health and Care
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-10
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

An introduction to Winti culture

ROTTERDAM, OUDE WESTEN

Fred takes you into the world of spiritual wiris, medicinal wiri and the faja watra. Winti culture originates from Suriname with e...lements from Ghana. In a short time, Fred Kulturu shop has developed into a mini-cradle of knowledge, an information center and a warrant of the Afro-Surinamese cultural heritage. On the program you’ll find the use of ritual and medicinal herbs mainly from Surinam flora, educational and informational activities in support of young people and adults who are looking for their roots and meaning of life. Fred Kulturu Shop is more than a counter where goods go from one to the other. It is an experience. People from many ethnic backgrounds visit Fred.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English, Papiamento
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Religion, Religion
CULTURE CODE: Surinam
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-8
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

Biscuit and Pickles at MarSu Sweet

PARAMARIBO, FLORA

I'm Mrs. Marjorie Sumter Alleyne and was born on March 18 1964.I am the third child of my mother and have four children, three boy...s and a girl. At sixteen years, I started with home crafts, baking cake, cookies, making pickles and stewing fruit. I am also milliner and love beautiful clothes. My favorite garment is a koto. And my favorite foods are rice, pom and pies. I also love to dance. I started my own business because I always wanted to stay at home with my children and I didn’t have no babysitter. I had to work and earn money, so I chose to work at home. My hobby became my job. My goal is to continue growing in what I do and to share it with people. I want my products to be known and that everyone can enjoy it. I give you a workshop where you first taste the delicacies. In my cake you can always taste the best essence. In my pickles you always taste salt, sour and sweet at the same time. After the tasting I talk about the ingredients of the delicacies, for example Cornstarch cookies, Karoe Bojo, Cassava and Pommesiter and Mope. Than you may choose the tidbit you want to make yourself. I will give you directions and we ensure together that you yourself bake a delicious cake or make tasteful pickles.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English, Sranan Tongo
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 120 Minutes
CATEGORY: Food, Work, Work, Food
CULTURE CODE: Surinam
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-5
PRICE PER PERSON: €35

Boot Camp with the boys

UTRECHT, NOORDWEST

After years of doing nothing, bank suspended, the volunteers of Stichting D. nevertheless get these dropouts moving again. The use... of sport is lending a helping hand. Ruben and Bayram are waiting for you at the entrance. The boys follow through the Stichting a training as sports instructor and find it very nice to share their knowledge with you. So put on your sneakers and lets move!

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English, Arabic, French
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 90 Minutes
CATEGORY: Sport, Social and Welfare, Education
CULTURE CODE: ---
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 8-15
PRICE PER PERSON: €20

Eating cake with Ingrid in Overvecht

UTRECHT, OVERVECHT

Take your time before the door opens, because Ingrid can't walk very quickly. But that won't keep her from being active with Libra...ry at Home, and as an informal caregiver. Mother of two beautiful daughters, she will just bake a cake in times of 'disaster'!

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Food, Health and Care, Crafts
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 5-5
PRICE PER PERSON: €12

Get to know the people in Het Karmijn

DEN HAAG, SCHILDERSWIJK

Het Karmijn is a residential facility for Hindustani people from Surinam with intellectual disabilities. Twenty-six people do live... here. They have a large variety of activities and every Wednesday the doors are open for dinner to those living in the neighborhood.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Surinam
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-4
PRICE PER PERSON: €10

In tow on the former shipyard NDSM

AMSTERDAM, BUIKSLOTERHAM

Most of his life Marten worked at shipyard NDSM, located on the northern banks of Amsterdam river IJ. In 1937 this was the biggest... shipyard of the world, in 1984 it got closed. Get carried away to a time daily 3000 men build giant ships. Marten has a lot to tell about the history and the ins and outs of the 'NDSM-werf'. You will meet at the bikeparking in front of Café Noorderlicht.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
DURATION: 90 Minutes
CATEGORY: History, Work, Culture, Environment
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-10
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €8

Joe Cillen's North Island

ROTTERDAM, NOORDEREILAND

Joe is a very special man. He can take you for a horizontal tour of the North Island. He can talk about his projects that promote ...social cohesion on the island or explain how an 'orgone accumulator' works. In any case, he will give you food for thought. Joe Cillen firmly believes: 'At one time the motor vessel North Island will tear itself from its mooring place and set sail to a heavenly spot'. On the map, the North Island does indeed have the shape of a vessel. With a little fantasy you can imagine that Rotterdam is the shipyard where the Northern Island is anchored like a supertanker. Joe was born in the Belgian town of Paal - an anagram of the utopian island Pala from the novel by Aldous Huxley. In his younger years Joe lived a life full of drugs and alcohol. In that 'previous life' Cillen was a miner, delinquent, smuggler and sailor on the tramp. Later in life Cillen went to the Academy of Fine Arts. Now he's running a gallery on the ground floor of his house. Cillen's imaginative plan for the motor vessel has been a well-kept secret for a long time, only known to the approximately three thousand islanders.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Civil initiatives, Arts
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-12
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €4

Meet Amancio Batta

ROTTERDAM, FEIJENOORD

Step inside Amancio’s house and enjoy his hospitality. The altar in his living room is dedicated to various gods and goddesses fro...m the Yoruba culture. The Yoruba are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa and 21 percent the third largest ethnic group in Nigeria. But there are also Yoruba communities in southwestern Benin, central Togo and in Sierra Leone. Outside Africa. In Cuba and Brazil, there’re also communities related to the Yoruba. The Yoruba have their own language and their own religion. Amancio will tell you how he’s discovered in Cuba that he has a strong connection with the Yoruba culture in Nigeria.

LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Religion, Arts, Culture
CULTURE CODE: Nigeria
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-6
PRICE PER PERSON: €30

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