Taal Doet Meer in Utrecht as Language Does More

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Here we have an update from Taal Doet Meer of work done and work about to be done.

I cannot praise Taal Doet Meer highly enough for the incredible work they do on language education in Utrecht. They offer so much and they are nearly all volunteers, giving up their time freely to help others. A fantastic group of role models for the city of Utrecht.

On Thursday 11 October, the second edition of the Language Does More event, Utrechters talking with Utrechters, organized by Taal Doet Meer and Movares Foundation took place as reported in these pages earlier last month. It was a successful and inspiring evening. In total, around 100 Dutch speaking and non-native speakers of the city talked to each other during the event that at Movares in Utrecht. Surprising encounters and exchange of knowledge and stories were central to the day.

And it worked!

In games, visitors fought in groups for victory in the Grote Spoorquiz, or built together the highest possible tower of spaghetti and all the time, spoke to each other even while enjoying a delicious dinner.

A reaction from one of the visitors:

“It was very nice and I laughed a lot.”

Taal Doet Meer, have been working with Stichting Leergeld for a number of months. They refer families to each other, and on behalf of Stichting Leergeld Taal Doet Meer have been able to distribute Bruna gift vouchers to the new bridging class members who participate in the “School’s Cool” programme.

School’s Cool

School’s Cool mentor Lilian who, together with her pupil, used the gift voucher said:

“My daughters are now in the third and sixth grade of high school. They no longer need help with homework. There was now time for me to finally do something with the idea that I would like to do volunteer work. I had signed up for School’s Cool, guiding children in the junior high school class – something I knew I could do. When I first spoke to F., my pupil, I found it quite exciting.

I had read about the Bruna-bon, a voucher for your pupil worth 50 euro, meant to buy school stuff and I had taken this information with me. During the first interview it turned out that F. still needed some school stuff. She wanted to have fabric covers to protect her books, and notebooks and markers. That Thursday night we immediately went out together, to the Bruna. We walked back and forth a lot; F. wanted to get as much as possible out of her voucher. The covers, notebooks and markers were picked up, the prices looked at and F. calculated a lot. She also looked for a nice mouldable eraser for her sister. And she was happy that she could buy everything and have a credit for her new mobile phone, so she could download Magister. She turned out to have bought exactly 50 euros at the checkout – and immediately showed that she is a sweet, smart and responsible girl.

The man at the Bruna was very patient with us and also gave us a nice gym bag in which we could take all the stuff. So we had a very nice start: The voucher was used where it was meant for, F. had all the stuff that she needed and we had a beautiful joint project together straightaway.”

Thanks to Bruna and Stichting Leergeld for the great initiative to give children who can use it a helping hand!

Taal Doet Meer Volunteers who want to share their experiences

Taal Doet Meer regularly present events, such as the information market during the UIT-week and the Voorleesfestival in Overvecht, to tell and to show who they are and what they do. There are a fantastic example to mother groups. There volunteers are talented and share their knowledge and especially the Dutch language with so many people. They want to enthuse people to become involved with Taal Doet Meer. They like it when volunteers are present during these events and can talk about their experiences. Because what is more inspiring than to hear from a volunteer what they are actually doing as a volunteer and what beautiful things you get back in return?

If you would you like to be present at such an event from time to time,let Taal Doet Meer know via info@taaldoetmeer.nl, then they will contact you! Taal Doet Meer are always looking foir volunteers so if you have a few hours to spare and can commit those hours on a regular basis do get in touch with them.

Be welcome in De Voorkamer!

De Voorkamer is a meeting place for and by newcomers and the local community. Together they work with each other’s talents, through co-creation, to the development and execution of all their activities and events.

In addition to the language café, which is organized every Tuesday evening in collaboration with Taal Doet Meer, they organize various other activities where you are also most welcome.

Every Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 9:30pm they organize Straffe Koffie, where visitors can enjoy Arabic or Eritrean coffee, music, stories, conversations and play games together.

If  you want to practice the Dutch language in a playful way, then come on Sunday, November 11 to “Sing Together.” This event is intended for new and old Utrecht residents to get involved with the Dutch language, to meet each other and just to sing together.

If you would rather listen to world music then on Friday November 16 from 7:00pm till 9:30pm the Mehmet Polat Trio will bring together three different instruments during “Culture Shock.” The band creates a mixture of rich sounds from the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa, interwoven with sounds from jazz.

Daisy Meal Time

Language volunteers pay attention!

Your commitment as a language volunteer is highly appreciated. Not only by the people with whom you practice Dutch, but also by the people behind the weekly Margriet. Therefore, Margriet invites you to come for a fully catered visit to Margriet Winter Fair. Together with ‘your’ foreign language you can enjoy a day without worries. Enjoy shopping, swinging, singing along, enjoying and dining together with other guests.

RAGweek Utrecht is looking for help

From 11 to 17 March it. is again the RAGweek in Utrecht. In this week, students are committed to raising money for charitable causes. This year Taal Doet Meer is one of the chosen charities for which students will try to raise money. With that money we can then provide, for example, picture books for families. Are you a student and do you want to help the RAGweek? They are still looking for people for promotion, seeking sponsors and organizing activities.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl and www.taaldoetmeer.nl

Why not get acquainted with Rianne, a temporary Youth project leader at Taal Doet Meer?

“Hi everyone, my name is Rianne and I am 30 years old. On 22 October I started at Taal Doet Meer. I took over the tasks of Annemarie for 5 months as she went on maternity leave. As project leader I will work on the recruitment, matching and coaching of the volunteers and participants for our projects HuiswerkHulp, School’s Cool, Language mentoring and Language & Future.

In addition, I will maintain contacts with schools from secondary education and partners for these projects. So, if you have questions about one of these projects – Rianne.

 

Taal Doet Meer Activities

Tuesday November 6: Workshop.

Developing health skills through language coaching.

For: volunteers who want to work with students on health skills.

Time: from 10 am to 1 pm.

Location: De Alchemist, Koningin Wilhelminalaan 8.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

 

Thursday, November 8: Power evening

For: coaches and participants of the Eigen Kracht project.

Time: from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

Location: De Alchemist, Koningin Wilhelminalaan 8.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

www.taaldoetmeer.nl

 

Tuesday, November 13: Workshop Intercultural communication

For: volunteers who work with people from other cultures

Time: from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.

Location: The Vrijwilligerscentrale, Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 3.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

 

Tuesday, November 20: Network meeting Join (r) with language.

For: employers (management, HR, P & O)

Time: from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Location: Berenschot, Europalaan 40.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

 

Tuesday, November 20: Webinar Everyone active!

For: all interested volunteers.

Time: from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Location: at home on your computer or tablet

Registration: please send an email to andrea@taaldoetmeer.nl in advance.

 

Wednesday 21 November: Work in the workshop and present yourself.

For: coaches and participants of the projects Taal & Toekomst and Eigen Kracht.

Time: from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Location: De Alchemist, Koningin Wilhelminalaan 8.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

 

Thursday, November 22: Information evening VoorleesExpress.

For: readers and coordinators of the VoorleesExpress Utrecht.

Time: from 7:15pm to 9:30pm.

Location: Library Hoograven, Smaragdplein 100.

More information: info@taaldoetmeer.nl

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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