I met a lot of new people and made new friends with whom I’m still in touch. I’ve already visited quite some of them since Spring Retreat. Rugile, who gave a singing workshop at the Retreat, invited us to a classical music concert for example at HOST The Hague. The concert was very lovely they also sang Ave Maria and some other classical masterpieces. It was fun to meet the same people again.

Also some Retreat friends from CU Utrecht invited me over. Here we had a Chilean cultural night with delicious Chilean hot dogs. I’ve also invited some of them to our own union in Wageningen called YAM for a BBQ, and I’m still planning to visit many other HOST communities.

What I really appreciate about HOST is that everyone Is welcome, regardless of age, colour, religion or gender. And what I see is that people feel welcomed and seen. This really motivates me to also bring along people to these activities so that they can have a community, a home away from home. Because that’s what I wish for everyone.”

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