Do you ever find yourself too caught up in the differences between you and other cultures? As expats, sometimes we find it difficult to associate with the local Dutch community and subconsciously alienate ourselves with this culture that is “too difficult” to understand. Conversely, some Dutch look at the expat community with rose-tinted glasses and cannot put aside how challenging it can be for many expats to live and find happiness in The Netherlands. When locals are overwhelmed by the otherness of internationals, and internationals struggle with adapting to the new life, it is important to find ways to foster mutual understanding.
In March, we teamed up with Vrijwilligers Academie to invite both the internationals and the local Dutch to connect with one another and untangle common misperceptions of living in The Netherlands in “The Perception Gap” with Cathy Delhanty. We discovered that solutions are possible through respectful dialogue and involvement with one-another. Building upon this awareness, our upcoming workshop will focus on the commonalities we have with each other, instead of the differences. The intercultural communication expert Ute Limacher-Riebold will be sharing her professional knowledge with us for our next workshop “Rediscovering Unities in Cultures” on Tuesday 21 May 2019.
Volunteer The Hague along with the Vrijwilligers Academie are inviting both the local Dutch and local internationals to connect and rediscover what unites them. In this workshop we will identify the most important steps that lead to mutual understanding and friendships between internationals and locals. We will stay away from talking about the do’s and don’ts and refrain from judging others, but will instead try and focus on fostering a mutual understanding.
In this FREE workshop you will learn:
- How to bridge the familiar (your culture) with the unfamiliar (not your culture)
- What the internal/subconscious part of culture is below the surface of society
- How to explore your own very personal way to connect
- How volunteering is a great opportunity to connect with other cultures
Ute Limacher-Riebold is an Intercultural Communication Trainer and Language Consultant, founder of Ute’s International Lounge. She is a multilingual expert in bi- and multilingualism and communication, and expands her professional skills by participating in trainings about Intercultural Communication, International Life, International Childhood (TCKs), Resilience, Multilingualism etc.. Ute holds workshops and trainings for parents' groups, daycares, schools, and companies. She is trainer at ACCESS and has lead many volunteer groups in the The Hague area. She has lived "abroad" her whole life and managed to thrive in all the places so far.
Ute is German and Swiss, and lives in Voorschoten with her Swissgerman husband and three teenage children who are all multilingual and multicultural.
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- OUR PAST WORKSHOPS
- April 16 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
- March 19 2019: "The Perception Gap"
- November 29 2018: "From Stress to Success"
- October 30 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
- October 11 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
- September 13 2018: "Take Back Control!"
- August 30 2018: "5 Finger Introduction and the Networking Game Plan"
- July 19 2018: "Find Your Inner Peace"
April 16 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
The act of engaging in meaningful and open dialogue with another is a skill that should not be underestimated. The insightful Hugo Skoppek shared his wisdom and experience with us for a workshop dedicated to personal development through question-asking, honest expression and active listening. If you're interested in joining one of Hugo's monthly conversations, be sure to join him on www.meetup.com/SlowTalk and send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to read a more detailed recap of the workshop, you can do so here!
March 19 2019: "The Perception Gap"
We teamed up with the Vrijwilligersacademie to bring both Dutch locals and internationals together to discuss common cultural misconceptions and misunderstandings that arise from living side-by-side. The proactive Cathy Delhanty split everyone into small groups with half Dutch half international attendees to rationally discuss some issues in our most practical workshop to date. Be sure to contact Cathy a email@example.com to ask about her new amazing nonprofit Wool For Warmth and what you can do to help. To check out some of the issues talked about and their solution, be sure to read up on your article recap here.
November 29 2018: "From Stress to Success"
To wrap up our last Workshop of 2018, Stephanie Osunwokeh of KIES Company taught us all about how to de-stress our lives whether it be career-related or something else. One must first change their mindset and prioritize your goals of what you need to do, what you don’t need to do, and what you need to do for someone else. Understand that your stress does not define you and that you are not alone. Try and schedule some relaxing moments and give yourself structure to reduce any anxiety. If you would like to talk to Stephanie about stress and what she can do for you, be sure to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about the workshop here.
October 30 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
Astrid Spanjaardt’s workshop was so practical, informative and interesting that every person in the room took something valuable home with them. Talents are not the same as skills or competencies—they are what comes natural to you and almost seems effortless. Focus on your strengths and what you do have, not your weaknesses! You can contact Astrid here and read our article detailing more about the fascinating workshop so you don't miss out on her information!
October 11 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
Our speaker Ute Limacher-Riebold captivated everyone with her powerful perspectives on culture, thought-provoking and fun games, and insights on how to embrace life in the Netherlands fully. Once you begin to understand the cultural nuances below the “cultural iceberg,” you can tackle any situation in any foreign country with poise, acceptance and confidence. You can email Ute at email@example.com and read in more detail about her presentation here.
September 13 2018: "Take Back Control!"
Zuzana Bubalova enlightened us all about one’s physical and mental health as an international living abroad, and how to healthily handle the many challenges that come from an expat life. Your relationships are your support systems in a new country, and it is the quality, not quantity, that makes a difference. You will want to read more about this enlightening workshop; you can do so here and also email Zuzana for any questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 30 2018: "5 Finger Introduction and the Networking Game Plan"
Charasmatic professional speaker Cathy Delhanty gave everyone her expert knowledge on what it takes to customize and tailor your own network for better networking success. By asking yourself specific questions, your ideal outcome can be visualized with an end in mind, tailored specifically to you. You can read all about her 5 Finger Introduction here and email Cathy at email@example.com.
July 19 2018: "Find Your Inner Peace"
Vassia Sarantopoulou engaged everyone with her presentation on building one’s inner peace. In our recap of her presentation, Vassia gives excellent book suggestions along with her six skills to build more inner peace and reduce anxiety. We couldn’t get enough of Vassia and asked her to join us as the keynote speaker at our November Edition of our “Mix and Match” Networking Event.