The “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals was a big hit

The “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals was a big hit

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The expat fair held Sunday 2 October provided internationals with the chance to find their feet on Dutch soil.

Expatica joined "i am not a tourist" at the Expat Fair for Internationals for the latest edition of the Expat Fair, held alongside the Job Fair for Internationals.

Doors opened at 10am, welcoming expats from various parts of the globe to the Netherlands.

With a lively crowd of diverse nationalities, the fair maintained an energetic atmosphere throughout the day, providing internationals with the ideal opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow expats of all ages and backgrounds. Held in the beautiful and historial Beurs van Berlage in the centre of the city, expats were able to explore various stands, presentations, and exhibitions providing a detailed insight into expat life in 'NL'. 


Laura Petitpre, International account manager and Marketing consultant at Expatica comments: "The fair was really nice; very busy. People from every sector/continent/social background attended, all interested in ONE thing: becoming an expat in the Netherlands. The fair gathered people from all walks of life together and provided a unique day-out."

Exhibitors Triple C au pair, exhibitor at the fair comment: "We look back on a very fruitful event, connecting with expats and businesses serving the expat community. As an au pair agency in the Netherlands we believe we make a positive contribution to live comfortably in the Netherlands...being able to balance career and family life. It's the Aupairtunity of a lifetime!" 

Many expats attended the fair having recently made the move abroad and as a result were keen to discover how best to 'set up' and make a succesful start of their new life. Whether looking to find a Dutch language school/teacher, learn to swim, join a group or club, find childcare, enrol in further education, understand the Dutch tax system, or persue a hobby or personal interest, the event provided a solid starting point. 

A wide range of companies, businesses and groups attended, keen to meet internationals in person and to support them in settling into the expat and Dutch scenes. International schools and language teachers such as Talencoach, Rotterdam School of Management, in2motivation, Webster University and English Breeze were present with busy stands and even interesting competitions. Financial advisors such as ABNAMRO, ABBM Group and BlackTower Financial Management Group were on hand to help expats make head and tail of the Dutch tax system and setting up a suitable bank acount.

Alongside this, there were groups and clubs a plenty such as SwimBee, STET, Democrats Abroad, Womens Business Initiative, and Expats Haarlem, providing a 'lighter' side to life. Expats were also able to gain an insight into how to access legal services, healthcare providers, find suitable housing, and employment and/or volunteering opportunties. 


Marjanneke Grobben, Assistant Events Manager at "i am not a tourist" comments: "The Expat Fair 2016 was a wonderful day where visitors not only got the information they were looking for but also made new connections; making a positive start to expat life. This is our aim and so we were pleased to hear that visitors were happy."

Members of the Expatica team (expats themselves) were present at the Expatica stand providing visitors the chance to have a laugh and seek one-on-one advice regarding how to start a succesful and happy life abroad.

Derrick Borgmann, Marketing Consultant with Expatica, comments: “It’s such a positive vibe at this event! It's become an autumn tradition in the Netherlands as ‘veteran expats’ and new arrivals come together to share their experiences. I love helping visitors as they get settled here and always find answers to important questions of my own!”  

Thanks to those whose attended, we look forward to seeing you at one of the next events:

Expat Fair for Internationals, Eindhoven: 11 June 2017

Expat Fair for Internationals, Amsterdam: 1 October 2017

In the meantime do let us know if you have any questions. Expatica can be reached at and fair organisers "i am not a tourist" at 



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