International Fellowship Weekend 2018, Fellowship Weekend

About the project

Enjoy some wonderful events throughout an entire weekend hosted by the Rotary Club The Hague Metropolitan, in support of our project “Friends of Pantanal”, which aims to purchase a dental chair with various tools and a dental X-ray machine which will allow the doctors to further improve the life of those less fortunate, for the medical center in Pantanal, Belem, Brazil.

Pantanal is a neighbourhood of Belem which hosts nearly 400.000 inhabitants a third of which are children. Historically the neighbourhood was "famous" for being a leprosy colony and was thus avoided by everyone. In the 50's the leprosarium was transferred but the extreme poverty of the inhabitants has remained a grim constant.

In 2008, at the instigation of some Italian doctors who are regularly going to Brazil to perform pro bono work the association “Friends of Pantanal” was created with the goal to build in this poor neighbourhood a medical centre where local specialized doctors can exercise their profession for free (in Brazil the entire sanitary system is a paying one and large parts of the population can't afford it) by curing the persons in need and trying to teach to the children and their mothers the basic knowledge of hygiene so as to avoid the most common disease related to life in a "difficult environment".

The centre was inaugurated in 2012 and is open to any inhabitant of the Pantanal showing symptoms of illnesses, since then, it offers medical assistance and specialized visits for free. It is run by local doctors, who are already helping the local population, and a weekly rotation of specialists (gynaecologist, cardiologist, paediatrician, oculists) is provided.

The doctors practice both generic and specialist treatments and also try and teach the basic knowledge of sanitary education to mothers and children so as to try to reduce the risks of contracting diseases typical associated with the lack of hygiene and basic alimentation.

Yearly, the Italian doctors who started the project, travel to Pantanal, to make sure that the activities of the medical centre are run smoothly and to discuss the needs of the structure such as purchase/changing of medical equipment and pharmacy stocks.

How can we help?

The medical centre is now functioning on a steady state and treating more than 2000 patents each year but the centre has many needs to improve the services it can provide to the community, in particular there is still great need for medical equipment to make the doctor’s work more efficient and allow them to perform different specialized cares.

This year the medical centre has the need for dental equipment as this type of cares are almost absent and the doctors have identified that dental care and oral hygiene are very important as they would prevent a series of cascading problems.

We are therefore striving, under our motto “Service above self”, to purchase a dental chair with various tools and a dental X-ray machine which will allow the doctors to further improve the life of those less fortunate.

We are sure that, with your support and help, we will reach our goal and at the end of the project we will all have the best of rewards: knowing that we managed to improve the lives of people we will probably never meet.

The Fellowship Weekend, May 10, 2018 - May 14, 2018

Recommended arrival

Guests may arrive at the end of the day, Thursday, May 10, 2018 (preferably), or Friday morning May 11, 2018. The program will start around 10.00 am on Friday May 11, 2018.


Schiphol airport is recommended. The Hague is nearby and easy to reach with a convenient 30-minute train ride from Schiphol Airport Station to Den Haag Central Station.


You will stay 3 (three) nights at the Crowne Plaza The Hague - Promenade hotel. It’s situated between dynamic Scheveningen, the Embassy District and the centre of Royal The Hague. The wooded Van Stolkpark forms a peaceful environment around the hotel. Extended stays can of course be accommodated with timely notice.

Local transportation

All local transportation for the program will be arranged for you. Of course we will gladly assist you with any further local transportation needs.

Program, Friday, May 11, 2018

A walking and canal tour, showing the city of The Hague in all it’s diversity, including a visit to two of its absolute highlights.

Houses of parliament

The 13th-century Knights' Hall (Ridderzaal) is a spectacular historic building still used for the opening of parliament each September. This large Gothic hall boasts many magnificent stained glass windows depicting the coats of arms of Dutch towns, as well as the spectacular Rose Window with the arms of the principal noble families of the Netherlands.

Maurithuis Museum

Just around the corner of the Houses of Parliament lies the handsome Mauritshuis, a monumental yet elegant residence built in classical style in 1641, one of Holland’s most important museums. Highlights include Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson, Vermeer's View of Delft, Jacob van Ruisdael's View of Haarlem and Rogier van der Weyden's Lamentation, a masterpiece of medieval painting. And who does not know “The girl with a pearl earring”, the captivating painting by Johannes Vermeer, which formed the base for a movie with Scarlet Johansen in 2003.

Concert Residentie Orkest

Concert Heroes
War has its horrors, but it also has a place for honor, courage, spirit of sacrifice and heroism. The tragedy may be that the one cannot exist without the other. The two sides of the coin writhe and grate in the unbearably exciting Cello Concerto by Shostakovich.

Christoph Poppen, conductor
Julian Steckel, cello
Beethoven – Overture to ‘Coriolan’
Shostakovich – Cello Concerto no. 1
Bach/Webern – Fuga (Ricercata)
Haydn – Symphony no. 100 ‘Militär’
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Program, Saturday, May 12, 2018


Known as the Garden of Europe, it’s one of the world's largest flower gardens. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres). It features a variety of gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points (designed by Zocher in 1830). The nature garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. It open’s only for two month’s every year, in spring time of course!

Peace Palace

The famous Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), constructed between 1907-13, was largely paid for by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Built in a mix of Gothic and Neoclassical styles, it's flanked on its long arcaded façade with its steeply pitched roof and 80-meter-high tower. Home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Academy of International Law and a library of international law, it boasts a rich interior décor contributed by numerous countries.

Gala Dinner

Saturday evening a gala dinner will be held in support of our project in Pantanal, Belem, Brazil. An ambitious project that aims to purchase a dental chair with various tools and a dental X-ray machine which will allow the doctors to further improve the life of those less fortunate.

For individual tickets for the Gala Dinner, please click here.

Program, Sunday, May 13, 2018

Panorama Mesdag Museum

Housed in a specially made rotunda, Panorama Mesdag is a gigantic painting measuring 120 meters in length and 14 meters in height that was painted by HW Mesdag and his wife, along with artists of the Hague School. This stunning scene depicts coastal Scheveningen as it was around 1880, with charming views of the sea, the beach, and dunes. Designed to create the illusion of 3D, this spectacular circular painting - the largest in the world - is indirectly lit from above, and thanks to its large sand dune with a number of real objects, creates the illusion that you're standing in the middle of this beautiful landscape.

Scheveningen Beach

Finally we will make it to the real beach and seaside resort of Scheveningen. Stroll the boulevard, relax in a beach chair and see the world pass by. Or go bungee jumping to see the world upside down. Or see the world from above, by taking a ride on Europe's first Ferris wheel constructed over sea. The Ferris wheel is over 40 meters high and has 36 closed gondolas with air conditioning. Alternatively, there is another hidden gem to visit, the Museum Beelden aan Zee.

Tickets, Fellowship Weekend

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