Ateneo, lokaalmondiaal co-host student exchange

by | Mar 15, 2013 | News

Eight communication students from the St. Joost Academy of Arts and Design, The Netherlands, wrapped up their two-week stay at the Ateneo recently with an output of varied stories and images including those on environmental issues, folk practices, and even Valentine’s Day.


The students were taking part in Beyond y(our) World 2013  (BYW), a project of ACFJ and lokaalmondiaal, a Dutch NGO, from 11 to 24 February. They were accompanied by their teacher, Philippe Moroux, and editor, Geesje van Haren. Two faculty members of the Ateneo Department of Communication, Jenna Mae Atun and Jose Angelo Supangco, served as program coordinators.


BYW is a journalistic training and student exchange program run by lokaalmondiaal since 2006. Participants produce stories on pressing issues in the countries they visit.  These are published in the Dutch mainstream media. So far five stories have been published on VersPers (, a Dutch Internet magazine.


During their visit the students learned about Philippine visual arts, photojournalism, youth culture and environmental conservation.


A hike at Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, Los Baños, Laguna was one of the program’s highlights.


The Ateneo and lokaalmondiaal collaboration began in 2010 when students from the Christian University of Applied Sciences at Ede (CHE) came to Ateneo to cover stories for their final projects. In turn, six Ateneo senior communication students visited The Netherlands also to cover Dutch stories.


BYW is also supported by the government of The Netherlands through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


To view the stories on VersPers, please visit the following pages:

Tropical storm:

Papabili H.E. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle:

Ash Wednesday at Ateneo:

Valentine’s Day in Manila:

Funeral in Batangas, Philippines:

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