September means the start of a new academic year and therefore the arrival of hundreds of international students. As of this year internationals can get to know their own neighborhood during a free guided walking tour. Neighbourhood centers, volunteering projects, practical information and fun activities will all be covered by a local student guide. Through the Welcome Walks, an initiative by City Central Groningen, students will get the chance to discover their own neighborhood from a local perspective and better integrate into the community. Students from the international flat Kornoeljestraat in Selwerd will be first on 14 September, followed by the flat in Paddepoel in October.
The Welcome Walks are city walks for new (international) residents of Groningen through the neighbourhood in which they live. Seasoned students from GroningenLife! will guide them around special locations in the area. Local initiatives and practical information, such as where you can dispose of your waste, will also be covered.
The first walks are specially designed for students, although City Central also hopes to welcome expats and PhD students in the future. The initiative is a collaboration between City Central, GroningenLife!, SSH, WIJS, and Wijkbedrijf Selwerd.
“With the Welcome Walks, we want to ensure that new international residents make a good start and are more easily integrated into the local community. We hope that they will feel at home sooner and will actively participate in neighbourhood projects”, says Marian Counihan of City Central Groningen, a hub for international students and expats in the city. The city walks are part of the organization's activities that bring Stadjers and new international residents closer together. The tours are free and are held in Selwerd on Saturday 7 and 14 September. The walks through Paddepoel will start later this year. Are you an international student living in one of these neighbourhoods? Head to www.citycentral.nl to register!