2020 – 2021

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

July 6th, 2021|

06-07-2021 On the 6th of July we organized a casual beach volleyball tournament, bringing twenty students and thirty refugees together in teams to play for the first spot. After an intense two group round robin ...

GROW YOUR OWN PLANT

July 5th, 2021|

05-07-2021 For the world environment day 2021, the education committee made sure all participants could grow their own plant! Each participant was provided with a small kit to grow a beautiful flower. With over fifteen ...

YOUTH PICNIC

June 19th, 2021|

19-06-2021 After a request from the residents of the AZCs to organize something for the children, the residents committee Hengelo decided to organize a picnic. The youth picnic was a great succes! The children really ...

PAINTING MUGS

June 16th, 2021|

16-03-2021 On the 16th of June the culture committee held the Painting Mugs event. The participants received a package that included not only a mug with porcelain paint, but also some tea and stroopwafels to ...

PUB QUIZ

June 7th, 2021|

07-06-2021 With good food, wheather and great company the Dutch pub quiz was a great succes 🇳🇱 Thank you everyone for participating 🏼 Congrats to team 2 for winning the quiz. Sadly, team Pink flower ended ...

CONNECTING HANDS OLYMPICS

May 17th, 2021|

17-05-2021 In the middle of May, the CH Sports Committee organized the first sports event of this year. The event, dubbed the “CH Olympics”, was created to invite people to connect through sports, despite contact ...

CLAY SCULPTING WORKSHOP

May 17th, 2021|

17-05-2021 The first event organised by residents of AZC Almelo! With a cosy group of eight people, we got our hands dirty! Over the course of about two hours, we transformed a block of clay ...

PAINTING WORKSHOP

March 31st, 2021|

31-3-2021 On the last day of March, the culture committee organised the first event of spring: the painting workshop. Beforehand, everyone received a package with everything you need to make an incredible painting. Many people ...

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP

March 18th, 2021|

18-03-2021 The origami workshop was very successful and a lot of fun! We started the evening with folding a crane, then we made a lovely frog which could even jump and for whoever wanted to ...

CV WORKSHOP 20-21

January 21st, 2021|

21-01-2021 The education committee of Connecting Hands organized its first event of the year, the CV Workshop. Connecting Hands realized that a CV Workshop would be very useful given the situation of uncertainty in the ...

COOKIE CONTEST

December 30th, 2020|

December 2020 The holiday cookie contest was organized by the women committee. All our participants received cookie decoration packages to decorate their wonderful home-baked cookies. They also shared pictures of their yummy home-baked cookies. We ...

TALENT SHOW

November 30th, 2020|

November 2020 The lockdown may have restricted us from going out, but it cannot restrict us from portraying our talents, right? The culture committee of Connecting Hands organized this wonderful talentshow and we were overwhelmed ...

2019 – 2020

PEN PAL ACTIVITY

April 30th, 2020|

April 2020 What is better than having a penpal during the lockdown with whom you can share your thoughts? The women committee says nothing can beat it and therefore the penpal activity was ...

MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP

January 16th, 2020|

16-01-2020 On the 16th of January, Connecting Hands got to explore modern dance! We improvised to create our own movements and honest communication was had through using the body instead of words. It was an ...

BMS LAB VISIT

December 18th, 2019|

18-12-2019 On Wednesday the 18th of December 2019, the BMS Lab of the UT opened its doors for Connecting Hands. We were guided through the research they do and the facilities they have. With a ...

ICE SKATING

November 19th, 2019|

19-11-2019 Tuesday the 19th of November it was time for the annual ice skating event! Refugees from both Azelo and Almelo were eager to make their first steps on the ice. A lot of students ...

LACROSSE

October 29th, 2019|

29-10-2019 It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon when the Heracles bus visited the beautiful campus. A bus full of excited refugees from the AZC Azelo, ready for a Lacrosse training together with the students. We ...

ZUMBA WORKSHOP

January 9th, 2019|

09-01-2019 As the Women Subcommittee of Connecting Hands we were deeply honored to hold our first event of the year: a Zumba workshop. It was an insightful experience since we could see how easy it ...

2018 – 2019

BEACH PLEASE!

June 12th, 2019|

12-06-2019 On the 12th of June, Connecting Hands organized a volleyball tournament. Due to bad weather, we had to move to an inside location at the last second, but that didn’t spoil the fun. This ...

RIJKSMUSEUM VISIT

April 25th, 2019|

25-04-2019 On a sunny Thursday afternoon, thanks to the beautiful weather, a visit to the Rijksmuseum Twenthe was organized. In an hour and a half visit, 25 participants learned all about the history of Enschede ...

CV WORKSHOP

February 14th, 2019|

14-02-2019 To facilitate refugees to acquire better jobs, the Education subcommittee organised a CV workshop. With help from the Marketing and Communication team, a presentation about "What makes a good CV?" was given followed by ...

ICE SKATING

February 7th, 2019|

07-02-2019 On a fine Thursday evening, a large group of students and refugees came for ice skating in Enschede, a place just opposite the University of Twente. With the skates on, everyone eased onto the ...

CHRISTMAS DICE

December 19th, 2018|

19-12-2018 On the 19th of December, we celebrated Christmas together! We gathered around the christmas tree and played a dice game with presents. It was an evening full of story-telling, laughter and making friends. We ...

WINTER CRAFTING

November 29th, 2018|

29-11-2018 Last Christmas... the Women Subcommittee of Connecting Hands organized a crafting workshop to spend a cold winter day in a cozy atmosphere. 25 refugee women and 20 students came together to embellish the greyness ...

TRAMPOLINE JUMPING

October 31st, 2018|

31-10-2018 On the 31st of October 2018, Connecting Hands went to Krazy Kangaroo for some trampoline action! With approximately 50 participants we turned the place upside down! After an hour of intense action and wild ...

SG: WILLPOWER OF THE PEOPLE OF ALEPPO

September 25th, 2018|

25-09-2018 Connecting Hands collaborated with Studium Generale to organise a symposium reflecting on the refugee situation and post-war demographic of Syria. The symposium reflected on the question, "How to survive a war situation and make ...

WATERCOLOR PAINTING

April 11th, 2018|

11-04-2018 On the 11th of April, a fine arts student from AKI hosted a watercolor painting workshop for us. An intimate atmosphere was created amongst the 20 participants, some painting for the first time in ...

2017 – 2018

SUMMER BEACH VOLLEYBALL

July 10th, 2018|

10-07-2018 The pleasant weather with bright sun was the perfect day for an outdoor sports event. We decided to end the academic year on a high so our final event of the academic year was ...

RICO LATINO SALSA WORKSHOP

June 28th, 2018|

28-06-2018 Teaming up with Rico Latino, dance studio in Enschede, Connecting Hands at the UT provided a salsa workshop on Thursday evening. Over 25 students and refugees threw out some dance moves, after the teacher ...

CITY TOUR ENSCHEDE

May 31st, 2018|

31-05-2018 On the 31st of May, we cooperated with tour guides from Enschede, to host a tour through the city center of Enschede. With a good attendance, we visited remarkable spots in the city, and ...

BOWLING NIGHT AT BOWLING ENSCHEDE

April 23rd, 2018|

23-04-2018 On Monday evening, a large group of students and refugees visited Bowling Enschede, a bowling venue just across the University of Twente. With a lot of lanes, more than 40 attendants and a round ...

SYNAGOGUE ENSCHEDE VISIT

April 12th, 2018|

12-04-2018 Last Thursday Connecting Hands at the UT visited the Synagogue Enschede together with 45 people including refugees from the AZC Almelo, Doe mee in Enschede, M-Pact and students. We had a wonderful time freshening ...

GUIDED CAMPUS TOUR

February 9th, 2018|

09-02-2018 The first guided campus tour by the Connecting Hands was hosted on Friday, the 9th of February, where refugees got to see the UT campus. Accompanied by roughly 15 people from M-Pact and almost ...

NEW YEAR’S DINNER

January 14th, 2018|

14-01-2018 Last night's New Years Dinner was a full success thanks to Kookstudio Kook & Ço, who generously let us cook in their studio, our volunteers, and everyone who joined the event! We were joined ...

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

December 13th, 2017|

13-12-2017 On the 12th of December 2017, we already celebrated Christmas with a cozy group of 30 people from M-Pact, Alifa, Hogeschool Saxion and University of Twente. Some great food, and lots of fun doing ...

VOLLEYBALL AND FOOTBALL

October 15th, 2017|

15-10-2017 The 15th of October was a full day of fun for refugees and students! With great weather, we played volleyball together with volleyball association Harambee, and scored lots of goals on the football pitch. ...

2016 – 2017

BBQ AND BEACH VOLLEYBALL

24-05-2017 Tuesday afternoon Connecting Hands hosted one of its final activities of the year, BBQ and volleyball, with refugees from the AZC in Azelo, as the asylum centre is soon shutting down due to a ...

INTERACTIVE MUSIC NIGHT

23-03-2017 On the 23rd of March, an interactive music evening in cooperation with ArtEZ and Concordia has been organized by the culture committee of Connecting Hands. The aim of the evening was to connect people ...

2015 – 2016

FOOTBALL WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS

March 31st, 2016|

31-03-2016 Asylum seekers from asylum centre in Azelo visited the University of Twente yesterday. They participated in a small football tournament and a campus tour, both organized by Connecting Hands. Photos and full article at ...

COMPUTER COURSE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

February 25th, 2016|

25-02-2016 A computer course for asylum seekers took place yesterday at the University of Twente. About 30 asylum seekers residing in Twente attended the course to learn some basic computer skills, but also to practice ...