Established in 1986 the Administrative Committee to Coordinate English Speaking Services - ACCESS - in short, was the grass root initiative of the members of the international community in the Netherlands who felt the pressing need for an organisation that would answer their needs, provide peer support and help cope with the challenges of expatriate living.

Today ACCESS  has evolved into a dynamic volunteer, not-for-profit organisation that serves the needs and interests of the international community, namely by:

  • providing guidance, advice, information to help individuals with settling, and/or living and working in the Netherlands,
  • promoting friendship, understanding and well-being of the members of the international community in the Netherlands
  • contributing to community development through skill training schemes and courses
  • serving as a bridge between local and international communities


Well into its 30th year ACCESS has become synonymous with outstanding personalised service, empathy and insight. All ACCESS volunteers,  trainers, counsellors, Dutch or international, have been expatriates themselves and know first hand what the extra hurdles are to living away from a familiar environment. They add value to what we do, and how we do it. Just as importantly, they do so voluntarily - generously giving their time, sharing their unique skills, experience and diverse cultural backgrounds.


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