CIROS Newsletter – December 2020

2020 is almost over, and what a year it’s been, with plenty of ups, downs and in-betweens.

Here’s what we have planned this month to wrap up the year in the best way possible!

? Membership Reminder

If you are not yet a CIROS member but would like to be one, you can sign up and purchase your membership here.

We would also still like to ask all past members to renew their CIROS membership for the academic year of 2020-2021. You can do this here.

? Upcoming Events and Initiatives

? Ultimate Kahoot Quiz

Do you have weird fun facts but no one to share them with? Are you very knowledgeable about an oddly specific topic but can’t seem to put it to good use? Well, now you can!

Join us on Thursday 3rd of December from 20:00 – 21:00 for an online Kahoot tournament! Battle your fellow students in 6 different categories and come out on top to win the grand prize! We promise it’s not just a participation award!

You can team up in the same group with your roommates or friends, so spread the word!

Sign up here!

? Middle Ground: EU Integration

Are you interested in the future of the EU?

Do you believe the EU is on the path to further integration or breakdown?

The join our latest edition of the middle ground debate, which aims to bring people with diverging opinions on debated, chosen areas together to find common ground.

If you are interested in participating, go ahead and sign up here!

?️ Goodwill Advent Calendar

During this year’s holiday season, the Goodwill Committee seeks to spread some hope and inspiration by sharing with you the environmental and charitable organisations of The Hague. Maybe you have the time and dedication to help them change the world for the better? Does that sound like something you would like to do?
You can sign up for the Goodwill Advent Calendar to receive a weekly newsletter.

Each edition introduces you to organisations dealing with certain issue areas, ranging from sustainability to peace & human rights. Moreover, we aim to show you exactly how volunteers can contribute to each initiative.

Are you ready to be inspired?

Sign up for the newsletter here.

? Graduation Committee Applications

As graduation for third year IRO students slowly comes closer, we are now opening applications for becoming a commissioner of our Graduation Committee.

As Commissioner, you would:

  • Work on one of the graduation projects (free to choose): Graduation Book, merchandise, party. 
    • Especially the Graduation Book is a large project, but very fun and rewarding!
  • Skills required: team-player, dedicated, communication, creativety

❗ The deadline for Commissioner applications is the 6th of December

If you are interested in joining our Graduation Committee, please fill out this form!

❄️ Some Winter Recommendations

? CIROS Secret Sinterklaas

The holidays are coming! And it is never too early to get into the spirit!

So join our Secret Sinterklaas Gift Exchange and spread a little joy in the IRO community.

You can sign up here to participate.

?️ Holiday Pen Pals Around the Globe

Are you missing the IRO community feeling, or just want to send a nice holiday card and holiday cheer to a pen pal around the world?

The join our Holiday Pen Pals Around the Globe initiative now!

You can sign up here to participate.

? AM/FM Year in Review Playlist

The CIROS Arts & Media Radio Club has put together a musical soundtrack to the year, with each month being represented by two songs that we thought captured the feeling best, either musically, lyrically, or ideally both.

Give it a listen here!

? Some Holiday Spirit

Before we all get caught up in the end of year rush and exam stress, it is important to take some time and make the most of this holiday season.

Even though many of the usual activities such as the Royal Christmas Market are cancelled due to COVID, there is still plenty to do in and around the Hague, as well as at home. Here are some of our personal recommendations:

  • Enjoy a nice glass of Glühwein (Mulled Wine) by the Hofvijver
    • Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own at home (it’s easier than you think!)
  • Go ice skating
    • There are a couple of ice skating rinks around the Hague and they are still open!
  • Make your own seasonal decorations
  • Go for a walk through the city with a nice hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy the beautiful city lights
  • Grab a festive bite to eat at our favourite coffee place and official partner Kaafi
    • They have a great selection of seasonal cakes and drinks, so be sure to check them out!
      • ❗❗ And remember, as a CIROS member you get a free drink when you order anything from the kitchen, and when you order more than one drink, your most expensive drink is on us!

And that’s all from me and for this months newsletter!

I wish you all good luck for your end of year exams and hope everyone has a great end to the year.

The board and everyone at CIROS will be having a two-week winter break, where we will take some well earned time off. This will be from the 19.12.20 until the 04.01.21.

For urgent matters, you can always reach us at

And on that note:

From everyone at CIROS, we wish you all happy holidays and a happy New Year! 

All the best,

Ben B-Millington

CIROS Secretary

❓ As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me at, or tune in to our office hours on Instagram on Tuesdays from 15:00-16:00 and Thursday from 13:00-14:-00.

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