Have you adapted your behaviour for international colleagues or students?
My fiancé and I have a large group of international friends and family living all around the world. I don’t feel like I needed to change a whole lot – the BSN has been very welcoming!
What advice would you give a new international colleague on making friends with Dutch people?
Be open and direct with what you’d like! And be okay with “yes” or “no” for an answer! I always tell people if you’d like to come over for dinner last minute just invite yourself – and if it is not a good time I will just let you know – no harm done!
Go out in the city of The Hague! There is a vibrant nightlife waiting for you. Also: most people in the Netherlands will have no problem with English, so no language barrier!
How would you describe the BSN ‘culture’ ?
Very diverse, open, welcoming and caring.
Has working with people of different nationalities taught you anything about your own culture?
Once more showed that the Dutch ARE direct – I have been a little too direct for the British culture for sure.
What was the most recent profession development course/workshop you have done?
Currently I am working on my iNPQ Supporting Teaching Learning L2 Certificate (CACHE).
What do you do to unwind after a busy day at school?
Either go to the gym, work on my photography or hang out with my fiancé and watch some TV.
What’s your favourite destination for a weekend getaway?
Barcelona, Budapest or closer to home: Haarlem, Leiden, Rotterdam, Antwerp!
Who inspires you?