Brasserie Zamen and Hotelschool The Hague create complementary practical education opportunity for students
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Teaching practical lessons are a challenge anywhere in this time of social distancing and COVID-19-proof health and hygiene regulations. At Hotelschool The Hague, we have an additional challenge to add to the mix as the renovation of The Hague campus is now well underway. This means that the campus building at the Brusselselaan will be partially closed until the summer of 2021.
Of course, our commitment to delivering the same high standard quality education has not changed, even if the circumstances in which we are doing this have. We are all looking forward to making use of the updated teaching and learning environment but as the renovation work takes place, it helps that we can make use of other facilities which complement our students’ practical education experience. We are always on the lookout for good projects for our students and when alumni reach out and we see the potential for a successful collaboration, we are only too happy to create a new opportunity for HTH students.
Since 1 August this year, Esther Ottens & Fabienne Baart ( Hotelschool The Hague alumna) have been operating Brasserie Zamen at Nieuwe Parklaan 83 in Scheveningen. It is just a stone’s throw from our campus in The Hague.
The Brasserie is part of the Respect wonen zorg & welzijn accommodation, a care home for the elderly. Brasserie Zamen is also open to the general public. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Fabienne Baart and Esther Ottens started a meal home delivery service for elderly people who were especially vulnerable. Their headquarter for the meal service was Brasserie Mets at the tennis club H.L.T.C. de Metselaars. The meals included home-baked goods and drawings by neighbourhood kids and the service went beyond a simple meal, it was a means of being part of the local community. When Hotelschool The Hague was approached for extra hands on deck so that they could deliver to more elderly in the area, we recognised the opportunity and it was the foundation of a fruitful collaboration that is still ongoing, in line with our objective to make direct contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
If there is something else that COVID-19 has taught us, it is that we do not need to travel far to find what we need. This collaboration is a great example of working locally and giving back to our local environment and community. Since 31 August, Hotelschool The Hague has an exchange with Brasserie Zamen as a practical education location for students. The restaurant has staff with a keen interest in building their experience (our students) and we benefit from the proximity of the restaurant location for practical lessons. Who does not like a win-win situation!