Sourcing clubs & activities
Angloinfo South Holland: Angloinfo.com/south-holland
Expat Events: Expatevents.com
I am Expat: iamexpat.nl
The Hague OnLine: Thehagueonline.com
Connect International: Connect-int.org/home.php (North Holland)
Newcomers are encouraged to meet local Dutch people. You might seek those having similar interests and/or experiences. In time, you will be able to meet and connect with your neighbours, your hosts so to speak. Furthermore, we encourage you to subscribe to and read the ACCESS Magazine. Written by internationals, it provides wide-ranging information about the Netherlands. Even if you cannot speak to your neighbours in Dutch, you can learn about this country which will be a great conversation starter. ACCESS Magazines are available free from our website.
Join events organised by expat associations
If you have kids going to school chat to other parents. You might discover associations led by people of the same nationality or first language. For instance, if you have kids at the American School of The Hague, you may probably hear about the American Women’s Club of The Hague. And if you have babies you can join baby groups, which organise coffee & toddler mornings, etc.
There are numerous international communities/associations in the Netherlands. You may find one that interests you. These associations organise social networking events, i.e. going out for a drink or a meal, group discussions and events such as fairs.
Join a Dutch or English course
Improving your English could be a way into expat communities. While learning the Dutch language gives you a better understanding of Dutch habits and the ability to socialise with your neighbours, it is also crucial if you are looking for employment. It also gives you a chance to meet new people, probably in the same situation as yourself.
To go further check out here some examples of sourcing clubs and activities for expats available in the Netherlands.