Letter from the Editor
Historically, the Dutch have placed great value on trade and innovation. Recent years are no exception as the country sponsors and boosts start-ups, companies influencing entire industries from 3D printing to aeronautics to healthcare. Molly Quell explains in the Cover Story just why the Netherlands is the place for start-ups. And Sally Squirrell offers advice from personal experience on how to be an entrepreneur, a career path many partners of internationals or partners of Dutchies choose. In fact, in the International Community article, you can read about four not-for-profit organisations started here by internationals.
Besides the serious business, we’ve packed this issue with entertainment for winding down during the busy autumn months. Kim McClure reviews an intriguing film about a Muslim woman losing her way in Amsterdam, and in the Travel article Kim details luscious orchards worth a day trip. Tracey Taylor invites us to delight in choirs whose members span many nationalities and ages. (Our ACCESS volunteers have a few favourites too: Luscinia International Women’s Choir of The Hague; Leiden English Choir; Les Fatales, Rotterdam; and Tobin Singing Society, Utrecht.)
Now, whether you’re new to the expat life or quite familiar, periods of loneliness affect us all. Vassia Sarantopoulou explains in the Health & Wellbeing article how we can learn to accept loneliness and humble start-up that is ACCESS enjoy the unique journey of creating a new home away from home.
Speaking of home, that’s where I’ll be planting my two feet for awhile as my family welcomes our second child this autumn. As I say farewell to ACCESS, I reflect on the remarkable yet humble start-up that is ACCESS. The ACCESS model is strong as ever, and being applied beyond the Netherlands. “For internationals by internationals” is a model that’s changing the methods and principles of how to guide and provide for newcomers settling in foreign lands. I’m honoured and grateful to have been a part of that work, alongside dedicated volunteers who are here for you, in person at our Helpdesks, over the phone or email, and in these very pages.
Mandie van der Meer-Danielski