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BSN News & Jobs - The Teach, Live, Learn Q&A - with Harry Stuurman

It’s almost time for #TEDxYouthBSN! Breaking the Mould is the theme and Monday 4 November is the day—
November 1 · Issue #86 · View online
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It’s almost time for #TEDxYouthBSN! Breaking the Mould is the theme and Monday 4 November is the day—we are so excited! We have an amazing line-up of inspiring speakers including BSN staff members: Richard Human and Harry Stuurman (check out the Speakers blog); Harry, IT Assistant at Junior School Diamanthorst (JSD) and talented photographer, has answered our #BSNTeachLiveLearn Q&A—from a Dutch perspective. 

Where did you work prior to BSN? 
A reprographic company, where I managed ecommerce for the Dutch, German and English markets.
What inspires you about working in an international context?
The love for people of all backgrounds – learning more about the world and everybodys’ customs!
What inspired you to apply for the BSN in particular? 
I wanted a job that was more focussed on helping people progress in life rather than a job focussed on the highest amount of profit.
What are the main differences/what has surprised you the most about working for the BSN versus a Dutch organisation?
The extreme British politeness! The Dutch are much more direct and sometimes a lot easier to read!

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?
Brandon Woelfel – a photographer from New York who is extremely talented!
On #worldmentalhealthday we're proud to share #TEDxYouthBSN speaker & @BSNJSD staff member Harry's struggle with depression & mental health issues in our latest blog.


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Teaching at The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) 2020
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