Journey to Work in Progress

Last year our #JourneyToWork Programme was run in Spain. In 2019 we have returned to Holland. We will give a lot of updates through our social media accounts. This time we will also inform you through blogs on this website. about the adventures of our ‘Journey to Work’ students.


All ‘Journey to Work’ students have different story’s and different pasts. They aim to achieve an important standard of living and working. So that they can go to an employer with great experience and good standards and morals of living.

Working and living Abroad?

What is it actually like to work abroad? Working in Spain is culturally different than working in Holland or back home.  Working in Spain you will need to know fluent Spanish to work here as finding a job can be hard it’s self but knowing the language fluently is even more challenging.  Speaking Dutch is not easy as all. But luckily a lot of Dutch people speak English. The Young people live in the Randstad, in Papendrecht (pronunciation (help·info) en Hazerswoude-Dorp. Papendrecht is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, at the crossing of the River Beneden Merwedeand the Noord River. The municipality had a population of 32,256 in 2017 and covers an area of 10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi) of which 1.31 km2 (0.51 sq mi) is water. Hazerswoude-Dorp is a town in the west of the Netherlands. It is located in the municipality of Alphen aan den RijnSouth Holland, about 7 km southwest of the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. In 2001, the town of Hazerswoude-Dorp had 4292 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.76 km², and contained 1600 residences.[1] The statistical area “Hazerswoude-Dorp”, which also can include the peripheral parts of the village, as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 5760.[2]

Dutch Blogs

Ameer has written a lot of blogs about his Spanish adventures, which you can all find on our website and on our Spanish partner’s website (AEBL). The next few weeks we will also publish a few blogs about the Journey to Work adventures in Holland. You will learn more about our experience and responsibilities of our young people later on this journey. Our Journey to Work students already made a Top 10 of ‘Cultural Activities To Do in Rotterdam: Rotterdam Presentation Going Dutch.

Some more Fun Facts of the Netherlands

Fun facts about the Netherlands:

  • More than a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level
  • Dutch people are the tallest in the world
  • The Netherlands is the most densely populated nation in Europe
  • The Netherlands, the low countries: So flat as a pancake
  • The flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue; just turn the French one 90 degrees to the left
  • Orange is the Netherlands’ national colour because of the house of Orange, the Dutch royal line
  • The Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. Some of the most famous Dutch painters are Rembrandt, Vermeer (see our photshop of our Journey to Work student Lee with Johannes Vermeer’s best work ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring, below), Steen, van Gogh and MondrianCultural visit Lee The Hague
  • In the Netherlands there are twice as many bikes as cars with over 15.000 km of cycle tracks.
  • Dutch ladies have to get kissed three times (right-left-right) on the cheek. Expats may get by with shaking hands
  • The Dutch enjoy one of the longest average life spans in the world
  • Amsterdam is built entirely on poles


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