Three ways to think differently about your international life in the Netherlands

Whether you moved to the Netherlands last month or 10 years ago, life as an international in the Netherlands can bring both joy and complexity. Even after many years, internationals can still face unexpected challenges navigating Dutch culture and their interactions with people in it.

In this workshop, we will examine what culture is, how it affects your interactions and your adaptation journey. Together we will explore empowering ways that you can change how you look at Dutch culture and yourself. You are invited to bring your stories, your lived experience and your wisdom to share in this interactive setting. The workshop will be conducted in English.


Learning objectives:

  1. You will learn to identify norms and behaviours typical of Dutch culture—and your own—and their influence on everyday interactions.
  2. You will have the tools to examine past intercultural interactions and better navigate future ones.
  3. You will explore new ways to map out your adaptation journey as an international in the  Netherlands.


This workshop will be of interest to you, especially if you:

  • Are an international of any background living in the Netherlands – expat, lovepat, immigrant or refugee – who has overcome the challenges of initial relocation but still feels confused and frustrated in everyday interactions.
  • Are someone who has experienced challenges in navigating intercultural environments
    and who is interested in exploring new perspectives.


Date and time:

15th June 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Amsterdam time



This workshop is held on Zoom. Please follow the link to register>


About the trainer:

Elizabeth Groom is an intercultural trainer and navigator who blends intercultural skills, community engagement, systems navigation and personal guidance for building belonging. She is an American who has spent over a decade living, working and raising a family in The Netherlands.

In her early university days, she explored concepts of national identity and cross-cultural differences in perspective. Now she combines these with professional skills and personal experience in international (academic) community-building, advising, training and coaching.

Beth uses intercultural communication, dialogue facilitation, community engagement and reflective storytelling techniques to help people find each other. Beth offers empathy, enthusiasm and encouragement to those finding their way in an intercultural world.



This 3 hours workshop is FREE of charge; nevertheless, in exchange, we will ask you to deliver honest and constructive feedback by the end of the session.

Please note that recordings of this workshop will not be available.