Expat groups and clubs in the Netherlands - Part I
There are more than 160 groups and clubs in the Netherlands for expats. Part one of our three-part guide lists: Activists, Addiction Support, Advice & Information, Alumni, Arts & Theatre, Books, Business, Charities, and Children / Parenting clubs.
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights.
This human rights group is open to English-speaking newcomers and experienced volunteers and their guests, no reservation required. Each month the group features speakers, film presentations, and discussion of AI activities and issues worldwide, often followed by letter writing, fundraising and public awareness planning.
The Love Exiles Foundation
The Love Exiles Foundation supports GLBT couples who have chosen or are considering exile in order to be together and works for human rights for same-sex couples and families.
Only about 20 countries allow their citizens to sponsor their same-sex partner or spouse as legal immigrants. These include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
In the other 170+ countries in the world, gay and lesbian citizens have no right to live legally together with their foreign partners. Committed partners are for all intents and purposes legal strangers.
Supporting Couples and Families
Many same-sex couples choose to immigrate to a country that recognizes their relationship for immigration purposes. They face the challenges of leaving behind their homes, communities, families, jobs and careers to start a new life.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone +31 (0)20 679 0523
ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUPS
AI-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hopes in order to solve their common problems.
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Meetings are per day and per town.
Marijuana Anonymous - The Netherlands
Address: Jacob Obrechtstraat 92, 1071 KR Amsterdam
Tel: Marijuana Anonymous Helpline 0654244550 or 0631360135
Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship for men and women who want to stop using pot. Meetings are on Tuesdays (19:00 – 20:00) on Jacob Obrechtstraat 92 in Amsterdam and Saturdays (18:30 - 19:30) on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 282a in Amsterdam.
ADVICE AND INFORMATION GROUPS
Address: City Hall (Atrium), Spui 70, 2511 BT The Hague
Tel: 070 346 2525
Fax: 070 356 1332
Address: Prinses Irenestraat 59, 1077 WV Amsterdam
Tel: 020 423 3217
Fax: 020 423 3480
ACCESS is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1986 to bridge the gap between the international community and English-speaking services available in the Netherlands. They supply free information from their extensive database, advice and support; offer publications, courses, events, and a professional counselling referral service with about 160 volunteers, a management team, and a board of directors.
This welcome group was created with the aim to facilitate rapid integration of the French abroad so that each French person can benefit as much as possible from their expatriation. The association is not political or religious and non-commercial. L'Accueil des Francophones de la Haye receives newcomers with local representatives to help them integrate in their new environment. They give information in the form of booklets containing practical details when they sign up. They propose a vast amount of cultural, sportive and lingual activities. For more information about activities and to participate, everybody needs to sign up.
Connect International provides a wide range of moving and settling assistance through a Relocation Service. They organise monthly events for expatriates and international residents through the Connecting Worlds Club. They provide practical information on living, working or studying in the Northern Netherlands. There are also networking opportunities through the Connect Business Club for international companies and Dutch companies with international concerns.
This is a tribute to Indo-Dutch culture. Indiawijzer is an information portal. It's a database with information relating to India and has a comprehensive overview of the Dutch organisations, institutions and individuals involved in one way or the other with India. It covers only one country - the Netherlands.
Contact: Sophie Verhoeven
Worldwide community of students of international schools.
Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands
Contact: Alison Fisher
Tel: 020 618 7226, 06 2425 0137
ARTS & THEATRE CLUBS
AATG is an English-speaking drama group with multinational membership in The Hague. They're very active with four productions per year including a panto, play readings and social events.
This is Amsterdam's oldest English-speaking theatre company. The group's distinguishing feature is its innovative approach to a broad repertoire, ranging from modern classics to musicals and Christmas pantomimes, and including original plays written by members of the group.
It has about 25 members from Ireland, English, Scotland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the US. IDEA was formed by English-speakers with a love of the 'arts' and has been active for about 10 years in Dordrecht and Drechsteden. The group produces an average of two shows a year: a typical English pantomime in January/February and a smaller show in May/June.
MAKALA French theatre group
Tel: 06 2157 8952
This is a French theatre group aiming at improvisation sessions, play readings and events organisation. Non-Frenchies are more than welcome.
Studio Jean is an international art centre in The Hague. People of many different nationalities come together to learn about art in all its forms. There's also a permanent ongoing exhibition of artwork on show in the gallery. Everyone is welcome to drop by and have a coffee and meet them. Her art lessons and workshops are for kids or adults.
RCE is a group of enthusiastic readers of contemporary English (language) literature based in the region of Eindhoven. The club's objective is to stimulate interest in contemporary writing, wherever that might originate; for example in Britain, America or the former colonies. By discussing the works chosen, they hope to increase the members’ enjoyment and understanding of what they are reading. Individually they will almost certainly be introduced to different writers and perhaps even venture into new genres. RCE meetings usually take place in the evening of the last Thursday of the month.
Amsterdam American Business Club (AABC)
Tel: 020 520 7534
AABC is a professional networking organisation whose main purpose is to help improve business-to-business contacts between Dutch and American businesses. The club consists primarily of American and Dutch professional people but also includes a broad variety of nationalities and professional backgrounds. They currently have 478 members and average about 75-100 people per lunch. They hold a lunch every third Monday of the month. On alternating months, they allow two of their sponsors to give a 'market place presentation', which normally lasts around 10-15 minutes. There are also special events during the year such as our Labor Day Picnic and Thanksgiving Dinner.
Australian Business in Europe (ABIE)
Contact: Jon Wiersma
Tel: 06 - 1133 0040
Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) is an organisation for Australians living in Europe and for Europeans wishing to maintain a connection with Australia. It's an organisation of over 800 individuals across the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and other countries.
Commercial Anglo-Dutch Society (CADS)
Meetings: for lunch every last Friday of the month
IBUC aims to create, encourage and maintain good relations between the foreign companies operating in the region and Dutch companies, institutions and authorities. Through the website, the IBUC offers information to foreign companies. Both international managers already working in the Eindhoven area and companies interested in establishing a base here will find it relevant. At present 278 foreign companies are established in the Eindhoven region. Together they provide employment for 19,110 people.
Junior Chamber InternationalAmsterdamIntl
Address: De Lairessestraat 87, 1071 NX Amsterdam
Contact: Fons Bonink
Tel: 020 673 3141
Fax: 020 673 7312
Email: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.jciai.nl / www.jci.cc
Meetings: every second Monday of the month
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Amsterdam Intl is an international chapter of ambitious young professionals between the age of 25 and 40 who are serious about networking, seeking possibilities for personal & management skills development. Junior Chamber has 2500 members in the Netherlands and 250,000 worldwide. The purpose of JCI is to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop their personal skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship, necessary to create positive change.
Kiwi Expat Association (KEA)
Contact: Grant King / Andy Sceats / Alison Loeff / Mark Beker / Sahna Thomson / Neil Martin
Tel: GK: 020 671 7017 ; AS: 06 3067 1455 ; AL: 071 579 0591
Email: GK email@example.com ; AS firstname.lastname@example.org ; AL email@example.com
KEA is New Zealand's Expat and Business Network in the Netherlands. It's a global non-profit organisation. Through regular events, social gatherings and newsletters, they provide New Zealanders living and working in the Netherlands with a platform to meet each other and strengthen their ties with New Zealand and the Netherlands. KEA's also open to Dutch residents with a proven commercial, business or cultural interest in New
The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
Address: Oxford House' Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 328L, 1012 RW Amsterdam
Tel: 020 421 7040
Fax: 020 421 7003
Women's Business Initiative International (WBII)
Address: Laan Copes van Cattenburch 86, 2585 GE The Hague
Tel: 070 358 8557
Fax: 070 338 8887
WBII is a community of entrepreneurial women. Through active collaboration members create a professional platform for promotion and a dynamic network for the exchange of knowledge. The initiative is a structured space designed to meet diverse business needs.
RCTHM is dedicated to upholding the Rotary International's motto 'Service Above Self'. While supporting projects in the local community, RCTHM's membership composition places a special emphasis on the support of international projects.
Rotary Club Utrecht International is a small club and contacts between members are close. The club meets every two weeks on a Tuesday evening in Utrecht. A meal is followed by a guest speaker, a talk from one of the members in the series 'sharing a cross-cultural experience' or a business meeting. Non-Dutch residents are welcome to become a member.
CHILDREN / PARENTING CLUBS
Meetings: Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30 (except on public holidays and during summer and Christmas vacations)
ABCDE is a playgroup for children from 0 - 4 years of age where English and Dutch are spoken. The aim is to bring together pre-school children and give them an opportunity to play with other children and to learn and develop their language skills in a friendly and playful environment. This is all under the supervision of the parents (a great way of making new friends and talking to other mums & dads).
Active Health Center
Contact: Lillith Turk
Address: Jacob van Lennepkade 372, 1053 NL Amsterdam
Tel: 020 612 3724
It offers pregnancy, birth and parents and babies classes.
BCH mums and tots group
Address: Nieuwe Duinweg 25, 2587 AB The Hague
Tel: 070 346 1973
Meetings: every Friday
Facilities exist for Parents and Tots.
This is English-language childbirth preparation.
Church of St John & St Philip
Address: Church Hall or Lounge, Ary van der Spuyweg 1, 2585 JA The Hague
Tel: 070 355 5359
Bumps & Babies - Parent Group
For pregnant mums and parents with babies who are not yet walking. An informal support group for parents raising a baby in Holland. Cost EUR 5 to join and EUR 2.50 per week to cover rent and refreshments.
Daisy Chain Playgroup
Daisy Chain is an English-speaking playgroup catering to the needs of the international community. Sessions take place on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 09:00-12:00 and on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:00 - 16:30. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An English-speaking playgroup for parents with their children aged 0 - 5 years old. Meets every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.45 - 11.30am at the Church of St John & St Philip, Ary van der Spuyweg 1, The Hague. Free play, puzzles, toys, ride-ons, books, a drink and snack, ending with a sing-song. Admission is 5 euros per session per family. Contact email@example.com
Pointeworks Ballet School
Principal: Liane van Veldhoven LRAD Teach. Dip.
Tel: 06 4837 1601, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comme à la Maison are international childcare centres in The Hague welcome to both Dutch and English-speaking children.
Delft MaMa is a non-profit organisation which promotes the well being and participation of international pregnant women and new mothers (children ages 0 - 4) in the greater Delft area. They are a multicultural group which uses English as a common language. One of the subgroups is a French-speaking group of mothers which has its own forum and playgroup called les Francophones de Delft.
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