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Newsletter November 2017

Newsletter November 2017

Dear All,

It is getting colder and colder outside, but when we think back at the Craft Beer Festival our hearts get warmer. Last month Charity Foundation School of Life organized the Craft Beer Festival at Het Sieraad in Amsterdam. The festival started off at 3 ‘o clock, where lots of visitors joined us for some amazing craft beers from Gebrouwen door Vrouwen, Poesiat & Kater and Oedipus. Meau Hewitt started off with a very special performance behind the piano who left us all speechless, what a voice! Nicolas Kanza created a nice atmosphere and afterward, Huub set the mood with his trumpet, if you have any interest in buying a CD from Huub please contact us! A lot of people were lucky to win some prizes from the lottery, such as a massage at Het Massage Huys, dinner at The Salsa Shop or one of the cool Heineken packages. But besides drinks, music, Mexican food was present as well. Our own GastroCie provided us with some spicy nacho’s, tasty burgers and lovely chicken sandwiches. Tzigane Swing ended the evening with Alex the DJ, which was a spectacular ending to a successful second Craft Beer Festival.

Special thanks to our ambassadors: Emma de Witt, Danielle Kotter, Nick de Leeuw, Mylou Muller, Jessie de Ruiter and of course our one and only treasurer Barth Blankenmeijer. These heroes have put their heart and soul in arranging the second edition of The Craft Beer Festival and raised a total amount of: €6.410,- You guys rock!


Dam tot Damloop

Furthermore, we take you 2 months back to The Dam tot Dam loop, but we still haven’t forgotten about this mindblowing event. Daan Klein and Merijn Kok took the lead and ran the 16KM within one hour and 20 minutes, good job boys! Karlijn Lindeman, a true power woman raised a total amount of €350, – Euros. But the true heroes of this event are of course Puck Weijerman, Anne-Elisa Bins, and Maud Reddingius because with the help of our runners and loyal School of Life supporters they raised a total amount of €7710,– Euros.

New board

December is on its way and our board year is coming to an end, it was an amazing year. However, all good things come to an end and therefore we are very proud to present the new board of Charity Foundation School of Life: Board Scheepbouwer. Spike Scheepbouwer will take the lead as the brand new chairman, Iris Meijerhof is going to make sure that you will stay up to date as the new PR Commissioner. The upcoming year will be a new year with lots of events, with Danielle Kotter as the new Event Commissioner! But what is a charity without its money, Lausanne Bos the new treasurer will make sure this can’t go wrong and our numbers will always be up to date.

Exciting news from Nicaragua & Oaxaca!

Near the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica, Riksja travel and Hotel con Corazon are collaborating to build a new Riksja travel Hotel Con Corazon. Not just a hotel, but one with a heart. The profits that will be made are invested in education projects that ensure that children finish their school. In total, they need € 750.000, – for the purchase of a piece of land and the construction of the hotel. In addition to some major investors, Riksja Travel itself finances € 50,000, -. They want to pick up € 250,000, – with their travelers so that they can make the world a bit more beautiful and travelers can transform their sustainable ideal into an act.

The construction in Mexico is running smoothly and the team is busy with all kinds of preparations!
Besides that, the foundation has been laid and more walls are shooting up. The hotel is starting to take shape! The construction workers are working hard and we are starting to see some serious progress.

What do you think? Can you already picture yourself staying in one of the beautiful rooms? Or enjoy a cup of coffee in our garden? We certainly cannot wait

Newsletter September 2017

Newsletter September 2017

Dear all,
Some exciting activity is happening this weekend! On Sunday we will gather with all our athletes at Nemo Amsterdam to run the Dam tot Damloop. Our race of 16km will start off in Amsterdam and we hope to finish together with you! We have already raised a wonderful amount of money. However, do you still want to support us? This can be done very easily via;
Time flies when you are having fun and yes we did have some fun. However, all good things come to an end and so does our year as Board Reddingius, therefore we are looking for 4 amazing new people who would like to become the new board of Charity Foundation School of Life.
So do you have a heart for charity and are you willing to raise money for education in third world countries? Are you able to do this in a creative and professional way? Than you might be the person School of Life is looking for! Send your motivation letter to, and maybe you will be the next person to make a change in the world!
All members of Comitas are able to send their motivation until the 18th of September.
In the meantime, our hero’s Jessie de Ruijter, Mylou Muller, Barth Blankenmeijer, Nick de Leeuw, Danielle Kotter & Emma de Wit are busy preparing one of the most exciting SOL events of the year; The Craft Beerfestival. This year’s Craft Beer Festival is going to be held at the popular festival/events location – Het Sieraad, the homebase for EDEL events. Where we will serve amazing beers from Oedipus, Gebrouwen door Vrouwen and Poesiat & Kater doesn’t that sound great? Enjoying an ice cold beer and supporting charity at the same time! So be fast and buy your early bird ticket because they are running fast!


Newsletter August 2017

Newsletter August 2017

Dear Vacationers,

Enjoying your holiday? Last week School of Life went on a four day SOLiday to the sunny south of the Netherlands. Due to the sun and fun new plans arose for the upcoming school year. We are very excited for our last few months as the board Reddingius 2016/2017.







Only 5 weeks left until 70 amazing people are going to run the dam tot dam loop for School of life!

Want to be part of this event but don’t feel like running? Support them on the side line the 17th of September.

Our champions will run 16 km from Amsterdam to Zaandam, so there are plenty of opportunities and spots to enjoy the sun, a nice beverage and in the meantime, motivate the runners. Together we finish to support education!

While you’re still enjoying your summer cocktails, School of Life already thinks about making the darker days of October brighter. Therefore, after the big success of last year, The Craft Beer festival is coming back to town. On the 8th of October, Edel will be the place to be in Amsterdam, at 15:00 ‘o clock the doors open for tasty craft beers, good food & lot’s of music. You don’t want to miss out on this, so Buy your ticket here

If you’re an early bird your ticket only costs 10,- ! So don’t wait too long with buying your ticket!






While the sun in Mexico is always shining and the temperatures are rising, the dream team is busy building the hotel. A team of 15 construction workers on site. They work six days a week from 8 am to 6 pm, no matter the weather circumstances. It might be freaking hot, it might be pouring down with rain, but they keep going. These guys come from (sometimes remote) communities in the state of Oaxaca, and even Chiapas.  Often they are from the same village, and might even be family (find members of the same family in this photo!)

But what’s a hotel with a heart without the right colours? Last week hotel Con Corazon visited a Mexican mosaic factory, where each and every piece is handmade, and it looks amazing. Because the tiles are made of cement they don’t need to be baked in an oven but they just dry in the open air. That makes the process relatively fast.

You can literally pick any design and colour you want. In fact, you can even have your own design made.

From the first week of September on, we are going to put the application online for a new board! Are you motivated to do someting for charity, work in a team, organise events and combine everything with school? You can send your motivation to from the 28th of August.

The functions you can apply for are the following and will differ from last year:

  • Chair(wo)man
  • PR Commissioner
  • Event Commissioner
  • Treasurer

Will you become our new board of 2017/2018?

Newsletter July 2017

Newsletter July 2017

Dear everyone,

The 11th of June, SOL had its first edition of SOL Sensation at WattWorks, Amsterdam. 3 rounds, 45 participants, sweat, competition and spinning were commonplace.

School of Life would like to thank everyone who participated during this event.

The day started off early, preparing all food & beverages for the participants who were about to burn a lot of calories. Around 11.30 the first spinners arrived at the location and were excited to jump on their bicycles. At exactly 12 o’clock we were off on our way to the top of the Mont Ventoux with the professional guidance of trainers Loek and Sander. After 50 minutes of an intensive work-out, the exhausted and red faces were entering our green room. Where hydrating drinks and delicious food was waiting.

We spent the day with repeating our work out for 3 hours, with each hour new participants. Even though, everyone cycled individually the team spirit was there as we all had the same goal, raising awareness and money for School of Life. A successful sports event with your support! The photos are available on our Facebook.


However, we have more news to share with you! The floor plan for the new hotel in Mexico, Oaxaca is out.

On the street side, there is a room that will serve as a shop, where tours, local products and rent bicycles will be sold. You will enter the hotel through a big gate next to the shop. While walking down the stairs to the premises that are situated some 4 meters lower you will enter our ‘oasis’.

The long stretch that connects the two buildings, left and right, and that serves as the reception area and common space, has glass doors on both sides that will be open during the day. It connects the two gardens in the front and the back, where we will create spaces for tourists to relax, work or chat.

The hotel has three floors with 14 rooms in total. The upper floor will have a large terrace on one side. More details will be shown soon!

GET EXCITED, because our second edition of the Craft Beer Festival will become reality. In October, you will get the chance to enjoy craft beers, a good greasy burger and great music. Ticket sale will start after summer break.

Last but not least, the Student Association S.A. Comitas, where School of Life originates from will celebrate its third Luster this year. Taking place at the end of November filled with surprising and stunning events. With the support of the Luster Committee, the 26th of November Chique day will become a benefit event, where all money raised will go to School Of Life. An event to dress and impress.


Enjoy your summer holidays!

Newsletter June 2017

Newsletter June 2017

Dear all,

Mexican Night
As May has come to an end and the temperature starts to rise in our little country, we know, yes summer is around the corner! Last week, Comitas and School of Life organised a SOL soos night, which turned out in a huge success! Tequila was flowing, piñatas were up in the air and Mexican outfits were on fleek, a special shout out to Darcy and Jip with their smashing outfits. A big thanks to you all guys for making it such a success

Did you already book your ticket to Ibiza or Saint Tropez, but enjoyed too much beer last year? Well then this is your chance to get that body summer proof and help the kids in Nicaragua.

SOL Sensation
Next week, the 11th of June, School of Life is organizing its first indoor cycle marathon at WattWorks Amsterdam.

We have every hour 18 bicycles available to spin for charity and for only 15 euros per person you can team up and together cycle for 1 hour. This means you can signup at your preferable time slot (from 13:00-17:00) to join us during an indoor spin training given by professional instructors.

Of course, we want you to get in shape but not starve and therefore we arranged drinks, food and a lot of music and fun. Our main sponsor this day will be Marqt, who will provide you with their organic food and drinks!

You can bet on your favourite spinner which enables you to win some prices. All for a good cause, School of Life. The entire profit of the event will go to School of Life, that will help a child get education in Third World Countries. School of Life is currently focusing on two villages in Mexico and Nicaragua.

Don’t like cycling? Ushuaia doesn’t like fat people! So team up and let’s cycle to get a kid education! Visit and make a change, because only together we can do it.

Dam tot Damloop
The team for the Dam tot Dam loop 2017, is getting in shape! Thanks to bootcamp Vondel, bootcamp Open Air and running Holland, the month May was a very sportive month, with a lot of planking & squads. Interested in professional running training? Running Holland is providing 13 trainings during June, July and August to get you ready for that 16 km, contact the Dam tot Dam ambassadors for more information.



While we think the Netherlands is hot, Mexico is even hotter! But don’t worry we are happy to announce that Hotel con Corazon just bought water saving showerheads, taps and toilets for the hotel! In Oaxaca, the mu
nicipality provides tap water only once a week, or once every two weeks. This means that you need to store that water in your cisterna, an on-site reservoir. The bigger your cisterna, the more water supply you have. Houses usually have one of 5,000 liters, hotels 20,000 to 120,000 (!) liters.


Newsletter May 2017

Newsletter May 2017

Dear all, this month it’s your chance to get healthy and in shape together with School of Life!


SOL sensation

So fitgirls and fitboys, the 11th of June the first edition of SOL Sensation will take place at WattWorks Amsterdam. This event is an indoor cycle marathon, everyone can cycle for 1 hour (15 euro’s only). You can sign up at your preferable time slot and training will be given by professional instructors.  Do you want to beat your sorority or fraternity friends during this hour? You can sign up as a team as well and cycle together and beat each other with faster kilometres in less time! It will be a day with a lot of sports, fun, music, drinks, friends; all for the good cause, School of Life. We would like to invite you the 11th of June and cycle with us a child to education.


Bootcamps Dam tot Dam

Get ready to become wet and sweaty because School of Life is going to prepare you for the DamtotDam loop! From now on every week, bootcamps will be hosted situated at the Vondelpark and Rembrandtpark. The train
ings are accompanied by experienced movement scientists, best thing is; Bootcamps are for FREE. So don’t wait any longer and join us!





Buenos Dias from Mexico

In Mexico it has been a very busy month, Hotel con Corazon visited a local community center in one of the remoter and poorer areas of Oaxaca, in the context of the research of potential education projects to support.  Furthermore, Saskia and Erica met a lot of boys and girls who were moved and motivated in the social focus of the hotel. They also expresse
d their wish to work for Hotel con Corazon Mexico.



Newsletter April 2017

Newsletter April 2017

Dear all,

This edition is all about teamwork. As March has come to an end, we are proud to announce our team of ambassadors, who will help us realize the following events;

Are you ready to cycle for charity? Because Zsa-Zsa Prins, Romain de Jong, Lotte van der Ven, Lausanne Bos and Bram Römer are ready! Together they will host the first edition of SOL Sensation. A complete new sport concept, which is about to happen in June.  The team is busy with the all the preparations.

The Dam tot Dam loop will be organized by Puck Weijerman and Anna Elisa Bins, until now they rocked, as you might have heard, a team was created of 70 participants! Together with this great team we can not wait to see them train and reach that finish line for School of Life.

Expectations have been set and are about to be exceeded! We can’t wait to enjoy another crafted beer together with you. Danielle Kotter, Mylou Muller, Jessie de Ruiter, Nick de Leeuw and Emma de Wit will bring the annual Craft Beer Festival back after this summer.

Update from Hotel Con Corazón – Oaxaca, Mexico

A dream has come true! In December an oasis of 550m2, in the middle of the city was purchased. Currently the design has been made and the hotel is ready to be build! Can you already see yourself enjoying a margarita in the sun, while contributing to a good cause?

“Working on the distribution of rooms, general spaces and outdoor areas with the architects of RootStudio. It ain’t easy, fitting all our wishes in, but this is more or less what our hotelito will look like!”

But what about education? Because don’t forget that 75% of the profit of the hotel will go to education for the kids in the region. Currently research is being done on how to spend this money in the best way. Only 35% of Oaxaca’s young population attends or finishes high school. In rural areas, dropout is also high among primary school students. This is not a good basis for the socioeconomic future of Oaxaca and its youth. And it’s exactly to that future Hotel con Corazón wants to contribute with the support of School of Life.


Lastly, we all know that teamwork makes the dream work! Therefore, the board of School of Life has had a day in order to strengthen their teamwork. We faced each others’ weaknesses and strengths at the escape room in Amsterdam. A day with a lot of fun and closed off with a brainstorming session about the future of School of Life. Great things you will hear from us later ;).

Newsletter March 2017

Newsletter March 2017

Let’s do things together!


Last week we opened the application for recruiting new ambassadors for the upcoming three biggest events; SOL Sensation, Dam tot Dam loop and Craft Beer Festival.

Since we just closed the application and still looking at the motivation letters received we cannot announce the new Ambassadors yet… But do not worry, next week y’all will know!

Are you a real athlete? Do you like to exercise while doing something for charity? Than coming year is your SOL year! With SOL sensation and the Dam tot Dam loop on the agenda you will be ‘fit als een hoentje’ and ready for summer with your beach body.

Our new upcoming team of Ambassadors will use their creative mind and hard work to make this event unforgettable!



SOL Sensation will be a sports event, with spinning as a driver.

Teams can sign up and battle against each other who will get the most kilometers.
This event will last for 12 hours and each participant of the group will spin as fast as possible to beat the other team…. Who will be reaching the top first?


Dam tot Dam

Who hasn’t heard of Netherlands’ greatest run event? This event takes place in September however, most people start training in March/April already. The more consistent you train the better you will be running your 16km. Our team of Ambassadors will guide you through the progress of becoming a ‘fit girl or boy’. Not to be forgotten, training for this event is the perfect opportunity to get fit for your summer body!


SOL Mexico night in the Soos 

Next to exercising for charity, you also need to relax. How better to do this than party for charity?

In block D we will host a Soos à la Mexicano! You will experience the ultimate Mexican party and all the money you would spend anyways during a regular Soos night, will go straight to charity. How amazing is that?


Make sure you stay up to date!

Newsletter February 2017

Newsletter February 2017










Fraternity supports School of Life

This month started off with the fundraising hosted by A.G.F. Caesar. Members of Caesar got the creative idea to sell home-made cookies. They were the first with this great initiative and we are very thankful for their support!


Education in Nicaragua  

Currently, the extra educational support is provided in a rural community within two small schools, San Pablo and Bertha Gutierrez. In these schools is educational support for children aged 7-15 years in primary school and aged 15-22 years in secondary school. Now students are on vacation and they will return to school the 6th of February.


We are proud to announce the development within the school supplies. Children get the opportunity to work with laptops and therefore improve their way of educating.

Would you like to support this even more?

An investment of €25.000 will support 116 education years for children. It takes €200 per year to give one child full educational support in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hotel Con Corazon also supports the local community indirect by buying local supplies, pay taxes and provides job opportunities.

Who are actually our contacts in Oaxaca, Mexico?

We would like to introduce you to; Erica Donkers and Saskia Fishier, two supporters of Hotel Con Corazon and Marcel Zuidhof one of the founding fathers of Hotel Con Corazon. They are currently in Oaxaca to lead the construction of the new Hotel Con Corazon.

Erica Donkers: ‘”I have previously lived in Costa Rica and Mexico, where I worked in the field of Ecotourism and later with disadvantaged children. All this experience comes together in the challenges of Hotel con Corazón Mexico. I have a hands-on mentality and a great drive to realize my goals.”

Saskia Fiselier: “I first visited Oaxaca in 2008 and have been living here since 2011. I find the city the perfect place to realize a social hotel. I like to work as a team and love the challenge of getting a project like this together and turning it into a success.”

Marcel Zuidhof: “After six years in the Netherlands, I now want to use my experience to set up this new Hotel con Corazón in Mexico.”

The design of the hotel in Oaxaca is in progress and we are happy to share more pictures of the terrain.


Mexico              mexico

Newsletter January 2017

Newsletter January 2017

Dear all,

We hope your 2017 will be a dazzling year, with new chances and opportunities! We also hope you have had a good Christmas and enjoyed or still enjoying your holidays.

A quick update what we have been up to in the month December and a sneak peek what is coming up coming months!


This month started off with the Hoscars hosted by the Student Council of Hotelschool The Hague.
The aim of the Hoscars is to reward the teacher of HtH for their skills, wisdom, hard work and dedication. The best lecturers and instructors were nominated and rewarded by the students.
During this event, School of Life was brought to daylight among teachers and students, where they got to know School of Life a little better. On top of all, a generous donation was done by the Student Council.
Looking back, we had a great evening and were honoured to be invited to the Hoscars, therefore would like to thank the Student Council for their support.

Progress of Board Reddingius
During the past month the board has been busy with setting goals for the future perspective of this year.
In 2017, the new Con Corazon Hotel in Mexico will be in the picture. This hotel will eventually generate money to help the local community in Oaxaca, Mexico.
In order to make our events successful it is of great importance to keep improving. Therefore, we would like to involve you within this process. Have you attended the First Edition of the Craft Beer Festival? We would love to hear your, honest and supportive, feedback. This will give us an insight on the improvements that should be taken into consideration next edition!

We kindly refer you to the survey that is online on the following website:

Would you like to relive this event again? Don’t forget to check out the amazing after movie

Auction at Duin & Kruidberg
School of Life will have its first event soon. We will host a 4-course Michelin star lunch and auction at Duin & Kruidberg, Santpoort the 19th of February. Do you have interest in participating and broaden your network, get to know alumni and people from different industries? please do not hesitate to contact us via our e-mail address:

Mexico, Oaxaca

School of Life’s main focus this year is on Mexico Oaxaca. Where Hotel Con Corazon will start up their second hotel this new year.

We are happy to inform you that the team of Hotel Con Corazon has bought the ground for the new hotel in this area. *

School of Life will support this new project with their donation by the end of 2017 that will be used for the construction of the project. Eventually with 100% of the profit that will be made with the hotel goes to education within this city. Most important is the fact that Hotel Con Corazon will not take over the education, but will make sure that the children within that city are able to extend their school hours. Therefore, education support will be provided locally.

Location Mexico

Hopefully, we will reach our goal of €15.000 by the end of this year together with you. With direct contact with the organization in Oaxaca, School of Life will support a hotel room with their donation.

Agreements have been made with architects, the government, papers are signed and the design of the hotel has been completed. The construction of the building will start off in March. Oaxaca is about to start!

Agreement Mexico