September 2018

1,2,3 Start!

By Afrah Hamed   After spending the first night in Alibi hostel, we went together at the early morning to the water campus with full passion and curiosity to explore the place. The landscape of houses and streets crowded with people and bicycles was as an familiar book cover to reveal pages of natural beauty of lakes, green landscapes and the water campus as well.   When we arrived, the case owners and experts greeted and welcomed us at the red room in the historical church. The beginning was a short presentation by Hein Molenkamp about the water campus and its competences. Then, Johan Oost presented an introduction about wetskills program and the previous wetskills events in different countries around the world. Before the coffee break, the four case owners showed-up their cases and their expectation from us to bring solutions out of the box. After that, the experts shared with each group their...

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Leeuwarden is Calling!!!

by Ntsika Mtembu  & Dolev Termin   The day started at 11:00am when the whole group walked 1.5km to the Groningen railway station to catch a train to our new home, Alibi Hostel, in Leeuwarden as the start of our early development as young water professionals in this Wetskills pathway in The Netherlands 2018. After making the train wait for us due to high coffee demand from everyone, we enjoyed the 30 minutes train ride to Leeuwarden through the green landscape with various amazing views from the small cities, livestock, water bodies and this of course this was a new experience to many participants from outside Europe. Our new home, Alibi Hostel situated in the centre of Leeuwarden surrounded by beautiful bridges with petunia flowers and canals, is a historical prison, which was converted to a hostel and a tourist attraction.   After receiving a warm welcome at our new home, team and room...

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Once upon a time…

By Alaa Al Hinai & Laura Guthschmidt.   I’m Alaa Al Hinai, from Oman. This is my second time participating in the Wetskills program. I joined it again because I got a nice experience when it was in my country at the first time. Early in the morning, I arrived in Groningen one day before the program would start. This is my first visit to Europe. Groningen was a really nice city more than my expectation which really made me more excited to start the program. The day of the program, I was waiting for the supervisors and the other members in the lobby of the hostel and everybody introduced themselves. Our supervisor started to introduce the schedule of the program. After that, we walked around the city and Peter was the guide and he gave us information about the architecture. Then we have the super long  walk to the top of the Martini tower....

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