InTouch is an informal, friendly expatriate social group that aims to help English-speaking people and their families to make friends and settle into life in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Welcome to InTouch!
InTouch has something for everybody!
Did you know that InTouch Expats Rotterdam has been around for over 15 years? Set up and run by expat mums and their families. We wanted to recognise all the hard work that has been put in this community by all the previous coordinators and other volunteers and make InTouch a sustainable organisation that will contribute to the home-away-from home feeling. A network of like-minded families not just online but especially offline.
While many of our members are from the Expat community, we also welcome members who are married to Dutch nationals as well as Dutch families who have repatriated back to Holland and miss the buzz of socialising in an international crowd.
We hold a wide variety of events to cater for the needs of all our members, ranging from family BBQ’s and themed parties, regular ladies dinners, coffee mornings and movie nights and a bookclub. Our Culture Club, where we learn about each other's countries, (i.e. Mexican night and Japanese Sushi making) have been particular hits. There are also events just for Lads & Dads!
The little ones are kept busy at InTouch too. We have a very strong mother and baby/toddler group, "Stay&Play", once a week. “Stay & Play" provides a safe environment for young children to play whilst also allowing time for parents to meet each other. We also have regular children’s parties for special occasions like Easter, Halloween and Christmas. After the 2014 summer holiday, more activities and events for school age children are planned……keep an eye on our website for more information…….
InTouch also offers a great business network for small businesses, contractors, self-employed and career-professionals. We also have a selected business listing of companies through members recommendation who can provide personal services and advice in day to day life.
So if you've come to the Rotterdam area with your family or you're trying to meet some other like-minded expats, InTouch has what you are looking for and we look forward to meeting you at one of our events! Join us on Facebook to get InTouch!
On being an Expat
Author: Sarah Johnson
Often there is the assumption that being an expat is a life full of nonstop travel, tourism and sightseeing. While expats (primarily those on a temporary assignment) do tend to take advantage of the access they have to various travel destinations, there are also some unique challenges in being an expat.
I don’t make mention of the challenges much. If you were to view my Facebook page or my Instagram account, you’d see I post pictures...
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Greeting a friend
You might find the custom of social kissing a bit over the top, the Dutch, however, do it frequently. Mind you, it is only done amongst people who know each other rather well! People kiss each other on the cheeks two or three times, every time they meet. This is not compulsory. If you do not want to be kissed, just extend your hand for a handshake.
Story Time Dutch
The folowing Libraries have Dutch story times for young children, for free, every Wednesday at...
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Story Time English Library Blaak
Story Time at central Library Blaak. Next Story Time 27th June. 2nd Floor in childrens section in...
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Stay & Play.
Stay & Play every Tuesday. We meet every Tuesday morning between 10.00am - 12.00am in the cafe of...
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Click on the circled dates in the calendar to view the events.
InTouch Story Time Once a month, we hold our very popular Story Time at the Rotterdam Central Library. A lovely morning for parents and their children to enjoy a cozy get-together. Also a great opportunity to meet other InTouch members and perhaps arrange play-dates or a mums- and/or dads night out? As we organise our events For You and By You we would like to give more DADs the opportunity to get involved with Story Time. If you would like to read your favourite book at a session please don't be shy and step forward. It is great fun to do and very rewarding to see so many happy faces! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Time at Central Library Rotterdam
* A general membership of Intouch is Free (access to events, ladies-dinners, book-club, family bbq, children's party's, etc) there is a small cover charge varying per event. All you need to do is fill in the membershipform. For Stay & Play we ask an annual € 15 registrationfee (for venue and insurance) and € 3 per time you visit. You can also purchase a 'stripcard' of €30,- for 10 visits.