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A Collection of Hugs

by Patricia and Peter DeWit I stopped waiting for words to make sense and made it my job to make sense of his words.  “I walk 15 days.”  Eye contact.  Be quiet. He is telling a small part of his story. “Five days no eat, no drink.” I touch his shoulder.  I’m 61 and this […]

Learning Culture and Language in Paris, France

by Peter DeWit Peter: Hi Safi, thanks for letting me interview you on STCP’s Language Exchange. If I remember correctly, your first experience with STC was attending one of our classes at the old CEP building. I remember during Covid times, we actually did Language Exchanges while taking walks outside because it was forbidden to […]

Navigating Trauma and Building Resilience with Michael Ketterer

Join in on 8th February 2024 at 19.30 CET for a very special first workshop in a series on Navigating Trauma & Building Resilience. It will be valuable for everyone because we all face tough situations in life and, while we’re serving, we can sometimes be confronted with other people’s suffering. Michael Ketterer once partook […]

Hope for the World

by Peter DeWit Maybe the word we need more than any other right now is the word hope. It is good to remind ourselves at the beginning of this year that hope is indeed a strategy. Of course, I am not referring to the wishful thinking category. You know, “I wish my life was better.” […]

Forum Stories: A Weekend in Krakow

Written by Maxwell Taylor My first time traveling to Krakow Poland will always have a special place in my heart. While attending Serve the City’s annual international forum, I met a ‘boat load’ of new STC volunteers from all over Europe, with different experiences from their respective cities, participated in team-building activities, and helped volunteer […]

Mental Health and Substance Abuse: A Growing Connection

An Interview with Nyati Annette Queenie, CEO, LivingPlus Haven Uganda, STC Volunteer 1. Could you tell us about your research in Mental Health? I titled it “Substance-related hospitalisation burden and patterns: Mental Unit, Arua Regional Referral Hospital, North Western Uganda.” Globally, substance abuse is a growing cause of mental illness and a leading cause of […]

Let’s Look After Each Other A Little More

by Greet de Rechter, NOAH coordinator at STC Maastricht Maastricht is a beautiful city in the south of the Netherlands. The people are doing well, as it seems. However, behind the front door, in secret, people are lonely and longing for meetings, friendship and to be seen. Research shows that 53% of adults in Maastricht […]

The Academy of Change

by Ronan Coffey In 2022 Serve the City Lisbon, Serve the City Paris and Serve the City Dublin all agreed to participate in an EU Funded Erasmus project with the intention to increase the level of civic participation of youth in their communities. This Tri City project was called ‘The Academy of Change’ and the aim […]

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