The current mission of the foundation BuddyGoDutch is to create a connection between international and Dutch students, in order to enlarge the Dutch social network of international students and to create the opportunity for international students to get to know the Dutch culture from inside. At the same time, we want to give the Dutch student the opportunity to get to know new cultures inside the borders of their own country. This stimulates an international perspective and sensitivity for cultural differences.
BuddyGoDutch envisions on the one hand to improve the integration of international students and, on the other hand, to create more intercultural understanding amongst Dutch students. BuddyGoDutch wants to improve inclusion, diversity and social cohesion within the more and more internationalising student life in Utrecht. For this purpose, BuddyGoDutch offers a personal platform, where international and Dutch students can come into contact in an accessible way by an equivalent relationship. This platform will be realised by a buddy system, which matches international and Dutch students. Moreover, varied activities will be organised, whereby intercultural encounters are facilitated in an informal manner.
BuddyGoDutch offers the international students the unique opportunity to enlarge their Dutch social network and to get to know the Dutch culture from the inside out. At the same time, it offers the Dutch student the opportunity to get to know new cultures from within the borders of their own country. This will stimulate international perspective and sensitivity for cultural differences. With this, BuddyGoDutch hopes to contribute to a more inclusive society. For both groups it offers the unique opportunity to make friends internationally.