Helping those in need with Van Buren Voor Buren (VBVB)

2 April, 2020
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Frederik Sieler, a third year student of Hotelschool The Hague campus Amsterdam, decided to use his heart for hospitality by creating a website that helps those who are in need of support. Read his story below:

I’ve been studying at Hotelschool The Hague Amsterdam campus for 3 years now. During that time, I have learned to appreciate and become part of this amazing city and community. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, sitting at home and not being able to help, bothered me. Therefore I recently launched a website to connect those who are willing to help and those that are in need of support. Van Buren Voor Buren (VBVB) was launched from the room in my Amsterdam apartment. The day I launched the website was also the day I sat down and started working on it (it is incredible how accessible tools for designing websites and online content are nowadays). There are currently around 30 volunteers and even more that are actively sharing the initiative.

I believe that if we work together we can overcome anything, even if it is a pandemic! Every small act can and will have a huge impact (sometimes it might not be immediately visible, like staying at home, washing your hands or social distancing, but it is worth it). The current situation can be very overwhelming, especially, since it is extremely difficult to fathom the extensive impact a pandemic has on all aspects of life. Taking action and supporting each other is essential in overcoming this crisis.

Every, even if small, act of kindness will go a long way. At this point I would like to commend all those that have come forward and offered their support, those that are sharing the initiatives and anyone that is helping out! The pandemic is a situation that requires us all to display our courage, altruism and togetherness. We are better together.

Like Jenni Santi said:
“Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive and meaningful”

For more information about VBVB go to their website!

For more information about Hotelschool The Hague go to our website!

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Hotelschool The Hague

Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, Hotelschool The Hague has become an international hospitality business school specialised in hospitality management, offering a 4-year Bachelor in Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme. Our 13-month MBA in Hospitality Management is designed to deliver the next generation of hospitality innovators.

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