Diandre is a student association which has been founded by two Business Administration students in the summer of 2017 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It primarily focuses on helping refugees who want to get settled here in the Netherlands, with the help of Erasmus University students. Diandre assists refugees in Rotterdam with finding a study, work or an internship. Furthermore, it will help refugees with the Dutch language and organize social activities.
The desire to form an association with a social aspect came from wanting to give students the opportunity to make an impact while they are still on campus. The founders wanted to do something for society: ‘ giving back to society’. During their studies, they learned about entrepreneurship and it seemed like a great challenge to start an active association the EUR with a social aspect.
Before Diandre, Sofia and Tania were working as Language Buddies for refugees at the EUR. By discussing with student refugees, Sofia and Tania understood that these students were having a hard time integrating in their new country and encountered several problems. They then came up with the idea to help refugees with the help of EUR students. The founders themselves both come from a different country and understand how difficult it can be here in the Netherlands.
Diandre means those who protect the bridge. We want to connect people from different cultures with the Dutch culture.
Since August 2017 our community consists of more than 20 active members with over 10 cultures. Our association wants to create an environment for its members where they can learn from other cultures and give back to society.