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Even in an expat-friendly culture like the Netherlands, creating a life in a new country can be daunting: how do you find housing, deal with the healthcare system, operate a business, raise children, have fun?

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

A Pocket of Dutch History Among the Dunes

Ask the question, What is the national flower of the Netherlands? and people will answer: the tulip. However, as many of you might already know, the tulip did not originate here. It arrived here in a rather roundabout way. Popular in the courts of the Ottoman sultans, several tulip bulbs were given as a gift … Continued


Exciting Developments at AICS

AICS will be going through many exciting developments over the next few years. Their main location, which is currently based at the World Trade Centre, will move to A.J. Ernststraat, Buitenveldert towards the end of 2021. A large, spacious building has been designed, which incorporates the school’s values – including community, enquiry-based learning, areas for … Continued


A Themed Approach

Step Into the World of Zein International Childcare Any good pedagogue will tell you that children learn through exploration and discovery, and at Zein International Childcare, this forms one of the cornerstones of their approach to Early Childhood care and development. The first few years of a child’s life play a crucial role in long-term … Continued


The International School Delft Opens a Secondary School in September 2019

In September 2019, the International School Delft will open a secondary school. The secondary school will be governed by the Board of Stichting Lucas Onderwijs, a strong education group with primary and secondary schools in the Hague/Delft region (www.lucasonderwijs.nl/). From the onset, the International Secondary School Delft will join the Association of Dutch International Schools, … Continued


To Know About Wine Is to Learn About Wine

The Wijnstudio Is Your mentor Many wine lovers want to know more about this marvelous beverage but are not fluent enough in Dutch to follow regular courses. For people like these, De Wijnstudio has created the ultimate solution; a course in English. De Wijnstudio has been founded by Henriëtte and Jeroen Bronkhorst who used to … Continued


The British School of Amsterdam Looks to a Bright Future as It Turns 40

You might be excused for thinking that The British School of Amsterdam (BSA) is solely focused on educating UK-born pupils. But nothing could be further from the truth. The school is truly international, with over 970 pupils of almost 60 nationalities receiving a world-class education in the Dutch capital. The children’s ages run from 3 … Continued


SwimKids

The Bilingual Swim School in The Hague Over the past decade, SwimKids has grown from a modest initiative, with an individual Instructor giving private one-off lessons, into the most established, well-known and respected swim school for expat and bilingual children in the Hague and Scheveningen area. In the process of doing so, it has gained … Continued


Tapisco – Brilliant Bites, Wonderful Wines

The owner of this fine culinary ‘hotspot’ is Mister Modest, Marcel van der Kleijn. First, he founded Restaurant Callas (one Michelin star), then he opened a sympathetic outlet on the Denneweg, now called Oogst (harvest), where Michelin awarded him the coveted red BiB. This is ‘value-for-money’ recognition, awarded to fine cooking at a moderate price. … Continued


New Winford Elementary School in Amsterdam

Winford, the largest provider of private primary education in the Netherlands, will be starting a fully-bilingual primary school program in Amsterdam in September 2019, under the name Winford Bilingual Primary School. The school is an extension of the current Little Universe School (LUS), which until recently was only available to children up to 11 years … Continued


Being Bored Out of Your Skull

Having kids that go to school or university is always a good source of inspiration for writing an article. This year, my son spontaneously gave me the topic of this article when he was telling me about his current school experience. How school was boring him out of his skull… Last time, he told me, … Continued


Chronic Disease? Enjoy Our School’s Chronic Response

My son was 13 when he was diagnosed with a chronic disease. We almost didn’t want to tell his school, because we knew we’d get a chronic response. But – before we get too far – let me say a) his diagnosis is comparatively mild; b) his school has much improved by now; and c) … Continued


At ASH, Students Develop Empathy through Service Learning

In early March, 88 American School of The Hague (ASH) Middle and High School students and 18 employees returned from trips around the world as part of the ASH Global Service Learning Program. These students spent their holiday break training teachers in Nepal, building a house through Habitat for Humanity in Portugal, laying the foundations … Continued