Derk from A.S.V.Gay
You've graduated from high school, you're registered with an educational institution in or near Amsterdam and you are now looking for a place to spend your free time. Keep reading to find out who we are, what we do and what you can get out of a membership!
It doesn't matter if you're about to start studying, or if you've already been a student for a number of years. Everyone between 16 and 30 years old who identifies with the student experience, can become a member of A.S.V.Gay! Most members of A.S.V.Gay student at an educational institute in Amsterdam, but you're more than welcome to sign up if you've already graduated or if you study in a different city.
Each year, there are two periods in which you can sign up: in Summer you can sign up from August 1st till October 1st, and in Winter the sign-up period runs from February 1st till March 1st. During our introduction period we organise many different open activities to introduce you to our association in a fun and accessible way.
Becoming a member of a student association ensures that you are not just studying, but that you're also actually a student. You're still settling in Amsterdam and all kinds of new experiences are coming your way. Naturally you want to make new friends as quickly as possible so you can share the joys and sorrows of the Amsterdam (student) life. The fastest way to do this is by joining a student association. But why then become a member of A.S.V.Gay?
The A.S.V.Gay membership completes your student experience. Nowhere else will you find this fantastic combination of the student life and other great LGBTQ+ people. With over 300 members, A.S.V.Gay has grown to be one of the largest social student associations of Amsterdam in less than 10 years. As the name suggests, fun and entertainment are some of our priorities. In addition we also offer you the possibility to build a social as well as a professional network. You get to know all kinds of different new people, which has gotten the students who preceded you many opportunities later on in their careers.
Throughout the year, the board and our 17 committees organise various activities. Because our members all have different interests, there is something for everyone: from ice skating to the annual Pride symposium, from a weekend to Belgium to a midweek to Italy, from playing pool to our parties! It doesn't matter which activity you have or have not participated in, every Wednesday all our members gather at our weekly borrel in the Amstel Fifty Four to catch up while enjoying a drink (beer €1,80, wine €2,- and soft drinks €1,50).
Of course there's more to A.S.V.Gay than just parties, borrels and building a large social network! At A.S.V.Gay you can develop yourself and learn what lectures do not offer you:
Perhaps you already know how to design, how to organise events, or you're already a great programmer. Or maybe you have always wanted to learn these things. A.S.V.Gay's wide range of different committees, such as the party committee, the travel committee and the website committee offer you the opportunity to do this! In addition, there is the option of doing a board year if you would like to convert your love for the association into a wonderful point on your resume.
The experience of being LGBTQ+ is different for everyone, but no matter if your experience is easy or difficult, being able to share this experience with people who understand what you're going through is a relief for many of us. You can talk to people about your coming out and you don't have to explain much when it comes to your sexuality or gender identity. A.S.V.Gay offers LGBTQ+ students recognition and the feeling of being welcome somewhere that other associations often cannot offer you like A.S.V.Gay can. Because our members feel at home at A.S.V.Gay and feel like they are accepted for who they are, their student experience is all the better for it!
A.S.V.Gay doesn't have any compulsory activities or hazing, takes exam periods into account while scheduling activities and our members often study together. You do not have to worry that being a member of A.S.V.Gay will cause you not to earn enough credits.