An Inspirational Green Tour of the Netherlands!

Netherlands Tour 2019

This year’s Green Student Bootcamp Challenge is going nationwide, as participants set off on an inspirational tour of the Netherlands in May and June.

This is the 4th year of our experiential learning programme for higher education students in the Netherlands. We are both delighted and proud that our graduates from previous years are helping to organise this year’s programme and will lead some of our workshops!

On Friday afternoons, 14.00 – 17.30, in May and June, sessions will take place at diverse locations in the Netherlands in partnership with educational organisations, experts, entrepreneurs and innovators all working to create solutions for a healthier and greener world.

Inspiration from Nature

The Bootcamp Challenge brings students from diverse universities in the Netherlands together for one semester to learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices in balance with the natural world. Our immersive green learning experience takes a holistic approach to student health and wellbeing, as students are encouraged to relax in nature, feel connected to the natural world by acquiring both knowledge and experience, and reignite the joy and wonder of the natural world that we all shared when children.

A Rich Learning Experience

Just as in nature, we see that increased diversity in the group of participants leads to a richer learning experience for the group as a whole. We invite students from all study backgrounds to take part, and no prior knowledge of the course content required. Students learn from experts, entrepreneurs and each other as debate and sharing knowledge and experience is actively encouraged throughout.

Applied Learning 

We introduce students to diverse themes with a focus on exploring the links between our health and wellbeing, with that of our environment and our world. Students are given weekly challenges to be completed at home or as a group, and based on knowledge from previous sessions. In this way, students are asked to apply knowledge in a practical sense immediately. Students share their learning experiences in an online forum, so they also can learn directly from each other.

Partners 2019

This year sessions will take place in Groningen, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, where we will welcome new partners and meet some amazing partners from previous programmes. We’ll learn about the interconnectivity in nature from IVN ,  Tiny Forest and Fungi Factory, hear from De Stadsgroenteboer about the role of CSAs in urban food production and how to cook healthy plant-based meals, learn of innovative solutions inspired by nature from Biomimicry Nederland and TU Delft, about trees and their role in a healthy city from City of Amsterdam ecologists, and visualise the healthy city of the future with tactical urban planning experts Hannah Wright and Humankind.  Other partners include Green Office Groningen, Green Office Utrecht, Green Office Delft, De DakAkker, Studio Tjeerd van Veenhoven, Commonland, and Duurzame Student.

A big thank you to LemonAid and ChariTea for sponsoring the programme!

Monday 29 April

There are have limited spaces available, and a short application is required. Applications are to be received by Monday 29 April. To request an application, please email us:


Green Student Bootcamp Challenge: Gifts from Nature – Inspiration & Wellbeing

The Green Student Bootcamp Challenge Netherlands Tour comes to Groningen on Friday 10 May and Green Office Groningen is hosting! They have an exciting session planned for participants, showcasing some of the special gifts nature offers: inspiration & wellbeing.

See the content of the session below, as well as info on how you can participate & book your space. Students from all universities are welcome to join, with 20 spaces exclusively reserved for University of Groningen students.

Tour: A meeting with product designer Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven to hear how he is inspired by the natural world to develop sustainable products including AlgaeFabrics, a raw textile material made from algae, and PalmLeather, a plant-based replacement for animal leather, plastic and rubber.

Interactive lecture: Links between pro-environmental behaviours and well-being, by Steph Johnson-Zawadski, Environmental Psychology PhD, University of Groningen.

Green Living Lab Workshop: Seed Balls.

We’ll roll up our sleeves and make seed balls with native herbs and flowers to cheer up grey urban environments for people and pollinators.

Ways to Participate & Costs:

– University of Groningen: €5 per student. Please contact Green Office Groningen to book your space.
– Other students: €17,50 each.
– Full Green Student Bootcamp Challenge Programme (8 sessions): €85 per student, including workshop materials.
– Flexi Programme (4 sessions): €55 per student. Participation to be confirmed 2 weeks in advance of date of sessions.

To apply:

For info on the full programme, see:

Admissions exclusively for students in the Netherlands & advance payment confirms places.