The Magazine for the International Community in NL

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?

The XPat Journal provides the information necessary for expats in the Netherlands to create the life they want.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Job Opportunities with NGOs and Non-Profit Organizations

Many expats would like to work for an NGO or an international non-profit organization in the Netherlands, the majority of which are located in The Hague and Amsterdam. Examples of such employers are: Oxfam Novib, Hivos, International Court of Justice, OPCW, UN, Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch and War Child. However, due to the fact that … Continued

From the Point of View of… Jonathan Talbott

18 years ago, Jonathan Talbott came here to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, which was founded in 1826 by King William I. The school is well known for its Early Music Department and Jonathan came here to do graduate work on Baroque violin: “The Early Music Department in The Hague is one … Continued

From the Point of View of… Kiri and Leonidas Kikis

When you first meet the Kikis brothers, you are struck by their almost old-fashioned deferential demeanor; polite, gracious, and gentlemanly, they shake your hand, open the door for you, offer you something to drink, and enquire as to whether you are comfortable. But when you look past the distinguished dark suits and crispy white, pressed … Continued

The Experiment

At first glance, people looked pretty normal. None of them wore Tea Party tee shirts or complained about Obama-care. Nobody touted the NRA, Michelle Bachman, or the repeal of same-sex marriage legislation. Even the casual banter was pleasant and surprisingly open-minded. I kept waiting for someone to ‘out’ me, to say “We know you’re a … Continued

Dream or Reality?

Could you find us a typically Dutch house in the city centre? We are used to a lot of space and do need three bathrooms, six bedrooms and a separate family room. A garage is an absolute must. We like a big private sunny back yard where we can barbeque and the kitchen must be … Continued

ABC Tips for the Summer

FICTION   Seven for a Secret by Lyndsey Faye When a terrified woman staggers into Timothy Wilde’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, “My family”. The search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Wilde into the world of the Blackbirders, who, under the legal business … Continued

From the Point of View of… Sonia Sin

Sonia Sin’s first steps into entrepreneurship were when she founded Service at Work, here in the Netherlands: “I’d be traveling every other month: to Egypt, India, South Africa, Asia – and of course buying all these things that I liked! I’d bring them home, but then I wouldn’t have any time to get my pants … Continued

Sint vs Santa

As an American who’s been living in the Netherlands for almost 20 years, I’ve noticed a growing conflict between Sinterklaas and Santa Claus. More and more, Christmas seems to be taking over. “Oh no,” say the Dutch purists, “American commercialism is ruining Sinterklaas.” And with the Dutch economy begging for some more consumer spending, this … Continued

KICKSTART – Pleased to Teach You!

Whether you have just arrived in the Netherlands or have been here a while, KICKSTART has a language program that makes adjusting to life in this Dutch-language environment easier and much more fun. Also if you are a non-native English speaker, they can also help you improve your English-language skills. Josien Deknatel is the founder … Continued

Education versus Wisdom

Education – the theme of this issue – and wisdom are two entirely different things. We all want our children to get a good education, with the requisite diplomas and academic degrees added to their repertoire and their CVs. But will they find wisdom in their education? Not necessarily. An even better answer would be: … Continued

Understanding Third Culture Kids

Learning happens best in a community of emotional safety and a climate of mutual support. American School of the Hague was delighted to recently welcome Ruth van Reken, international expert and world-renowned co-author of Third Culture Kids, The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds. April 18th of this year saw Ruth sharing a full day … Continued

Hidden Defects

Expats who are looking for temporary accommodation can be challenged with unforeseen circumstances once they commit to a rental property. What you see is not always what you get, especially if the owner turns out to be a tad unreliable. VERBORGEN GEBREKEN is a well-known concept in Dutch real estate, but the exact translation to English … Continued