ABOUT VEGAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION AMSTERDAM

Our Mission

The broad spectrum platform in Amsterdam connecting students involved or interested in veganism, funded with the aim to increase the visibility of the vegan movement. We aim to start a conversation about animal rights inside the university, and also to stimulate a reflection about the ecological impact of animal agriculture. 

 

It is our focus to create a sense of community among everyone who supports, follows or is curious about the vegan lifestyle. You will find fun, friendship and support from our members.

 

We organise social and educational events that are open to all. As an inclusive organisation we welcome people from all walks of life who are interested in our message. So no matter where you’re from or where you’re going, as a member you will find your place with us.

Our events can range from pure social, like drinks, picnics, dinners and the likes, to educational with a taste of activism, like lectures on vegan cooking or talks from outspoken activists.

 

As VSA Amsterdam, we understand that there are many reasons to be interested in the vegan lifestyle, as well as there are many ways to show support of veganism. So, in our activities we try to give space to societal and personal views. Our standards are to be open to all and the non-violence principle.

 

We do not take a political stance however we wholly support other movements. We are LGBTQIA+ friendly, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-elitist and anti-ableist. We do not tolerate discrimination in any form.

 

We want to showcase how easy, healthy, affordable and especially enjoyable, a vegan lifestyle can be. Even for a student with a limited budget. ;)

 

Help us create a society in which respecting animals is the norm, and let’s make steps toward living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

 

OUR COMMITTEES

MEDIA

Is social media, writing, editing and creating your hobby? Then, the Media Committee is perfect for you! We post about everything happening in the world as well as local things happening in Amsterdam. 

The Media Committee posts about vegan restaurants or events happening. New items you can find in the city, shares recipes or facts related to veganism. We also create a podcast, write blog posts and a newsletter. 

We meet once a week for an hour, but we actively work on VSA's posts throughout the week. Would you be interested in joining the Committee and help with sharing the vegan message? So, if you have time and passion and want to join, let us know HERE.

EVENT

Would you like to get to know more vegan and vegan-minded students? The Event Committee is here for you! We organize events aimed at socializing and having as much fun as possible. The events range from potlucks, cooking workshops, borrels and pub quizzes to visiting animal sanctuaries. 

The Event Committee takes care of everything, so you can have the most out of every event. Would you be interested in joining the Committee and help with organizing the events? We meet once a week for an hour, but we actively work on VSA's events throughout the week. So, if you have the time and passion and want to join, let us know HERE.


 

ACTIVISM

Are you dissatisfied with your university’s (or institution) selection of vegan food and drinks? Or do you want more of your fellow students to go vegan? This is exactly what the Activism Committee is trying to change! We only have one goal: veganizing Amsterdam’s higher education. The Activism Committee will try to achieve this in several ways. First, we will deliberate with universities to persuade them to serve a bigger selection of vegan food and plant-based milk in the coffee machines. Second, we will organize a variety of activism events, like outreach actions, talks by other activists and documentary screenings. The activism committee meets once a week. In between the meetings, active members are asked to spend some time contributing to the projects we’re working on. Do you want to be a part of this vegan revolution and meet a group of dedicated activists? Let us know HERE whether you would like to join! 

 

MENTORING

The Mentoring Committee is a program meant for students in Amsterdam interested in veganism. This committee offers vegan mentors who are willing to support them in this. The mentees decide whether they want to start with reducing their meat intake, becoming vegetarian or vegan. 

If you are vegan, passionate about veganism and helping other people, then this committee is the perfect place for you. You will be surrounded by the most incredible and passionate people and you will definitely make lifelong friends. 

If you want to become vegan but do not know how and where to start, then this committee is here to guide and help you. 

 

Mentors

Many students aspire to become vegetarian or vegan but need some support in making this transition: maybe they do not know how to replace animal products in their diet or they don’t have support from their friends. They do not know anybody sharing their concerns and need someone to talk to about it. The Mentoring Committee is willing to connect vegan students with students interested in veganism, in order to make veganism easier for students. Does this sound like something you want to be apart of and would you like to help other people? The Mentoring Committee is the perfect place for you! 

This committee meets once a month, but we expect you to be in contact with your mentee every week. You can contact your mentee(s) by calling or texting them but you can of course always meet up in person. Does this sound interesting to you and are you willing to help another person and develop a wonderful friendship? Let us know HERE

 

Mentees

Is your goal to become vegan, but you have no clue where and how to start? The Mentoring Committee is here for you! We offer mentors that can help and guide you to transition to a vegan lifestyle. How you do this, is up to you, you can start by reducing your meat intake, become vegetarian or become vegan straightaway. You will not go through this process on your own, you will develop wonderful friendships and our mentors are here to give you tips & tricks, share recipes with you and much more. Does this sound like something that you are interested in? Sign up HERE to join the community! 

 

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