Director of Bureau Wijland
Beautiful landscapes and unique nature make Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, and its surroundings a perfect space for human rights defenders to recharge their energy and focus on their wellbeing. Whether they are taking a stroll through the forest, riding a bike through the city or attending sport classes, defenders have the opportunity to take a break in a safe and inspiring environment.
At Shelter City Nijmegen, we want to make sure that the stay of the defenders is as fruitful as possible, which is why we offer them university and language courses at Radboud University. Our tailored support enables defenders to strengthen their knowledge and capacities in areas relevant for them and their work.
In Nijmegen, the human rights defenders can count on the support and companionship of our volunteers and buddies. Together with our partners, we also organize activities and events for the defenders to meet the local residents of Nijmegen and make useful contacts. This enables the defenders to extend their network, which can be useful when they return back home.
Director of Bureau Wijland
Coordinates Shelter City Nijmegen and the stay of the guests
Financially supports Shelter City Nijmegen and connects the Mayor of Nijmegen with every guest
Provides facility support
Provides housing to guests during their three-month stay
Provides English lessons to guests that would like to improve their English
Provides courses at the university and connects guests with academics in relevant fields
Organizes visits to high schools in Nijmegen and connects guests with local youth, women and NGOs
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