Dutch egalitarianism, spirits coming back from the dead, singing your way to fluency, getting to know your neighbours, doing business with the Dutch,...
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Welcome to the August edition of the At Home Abroad newsletter. We hope you're enjoying the great summer weather! What do you think of our new logo?? We haven't quite launched it yet but newsletter subscribers get a sneak preview!

We've added a new 'Tip of the Month' section to give you useful and practical tips for settling into your new cultural environment. This month's tip will help you get to know your neighbours better!

Our latest blog item looks at Dutch egalitarianism and a personal experience that I had. Let us know what you think.

If you're interested in spirits coming back to their ancestral homes to be reunited with family members have a read of our Fun Fact for August which describes the Japanese tradition of Obon.

In our interesting articles section you can read about singing your way to fluency in a new language, how to say goodbye when it's time to move on to your nest destination, 5 tips for getting a job and much more!

We also on have information on some interesting workshops plus some of the services we offer, both to individuals and businesses.

As always feel free to contact us with comments, questions or suggestions for things you would like us to include in the newsletter. And if you don't want to hear from us anymore simply scroll down to the botton and hit the 'unsubscribe' button, we won't be offended!

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Fun Fact for August
The Japanese tradition of Obon
Obon is one of the most important traditions in Japanese culture. People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray for the spirits.

Japanese people clean their houses and offer a variety of food offerings to the spirits of ancestors. On the first day of Obon, lanterns are lit inside houses, and people go to their family's grave to call their ancestors' spirits back home. On the last day, people bring the ancestor's spirits back to the grave, hanging lanterns painted with the family crest to guide the spirits. Floating lanterns are also often observed during Obon. People send off their ancestors' spirits with the lanterns, lit by a candle inside and floated down a river to the ocean. 
The Dutch Culture Blog
Dutch Egalitarianism: (Wo)men in White Coats

Some would say that the Dutch are obsessed with the idea of egalitarianism, of everyone being equal, and whilst reality often tells a different story there are many areas of societies where.....

Read about a recent personal experience in Dutch hospitals here  .
Tip of the Month
Invite the neighbours around
In Dutch society it is common for newcomers to introduce themselves to the neighbours. If you don’t it may be seen as you wanting to be left alone, which is what may happen! So, if you’re interested in getting to know those who live around you make sure to go around and introduce yourself. Better still, pick a time and date and invite all your neighbours around for coffee/drinks. It’s a great way to get to know who is nice…..and who is to be avoided :-) ……. plus if you have children it’s a great way for them to meet other kids on the street.
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Sing your way to fluency in a new language
Live your best Life: How understanding your values can be your personal compass in life
How to say a healthy goodbye when you're leaving
5 tips for finding an expat job
Sla or lettuce: How Dutch is your shopping list
The 10 most expensive expat destinations
Is Amsterdam the best city to live and work?

August Event Guide
Upcoming Workshops

How to Survive (& be Happy) Living in the Netherlands

Are you finding it difficult is interact and understand the Dutch? Are you a little homesick or frustrated with life here?

Each country has its own unique culture and way of doing things; the Netherlands is no different. This workshop on cultural differences and awareness will give you a deeper understanding of both your own culture and the Dutch culture which combined with practical recommendations will make it possible for you to not only survive, but be happy living in the Netherlands. It is citable for both newcomers and those already here for a while

For further information and sign-up click here

Doing Business with the Dutch

Do you have Dutch colleagues, business partners, customers or a Dutch manager?

Are your interactions with the Dutch successful? Do you get what you need from the relationship? Do you understand the business culture?

This 2 part workshop will give you invaluable insight into the Dutch business culture which combined with practical recommendations will increase the effectiveness and success of your interactions and negotiations with the Dutch.

For more information and sign-up click here
Translation Services

You've received a letter in Dutch, you probably want to throw it away but have no idea if it's important or not!

Send us your bank letters, insurance forms, parking tickets, energy bills etc and we will provide a summary of what it says, what you need to do next and most importantly how/where to do that. We can also make calls and fill out forms on you behalf, and attend Dutch language meetings for you.

For more information visit our contact pagemail us, or or simply call us on +31 (0)6 811 33 988.
One-to-One Coaching Services
Having difficulties settling into your new life in the Netherlands? Do you sometime feel a little alienated, homesick, frustrated or angry at the Dutch and don't know what to do about it?

@ Home Abroad provides personalised one-to-one coaching and mentoring sessions at a time and location that suits you. We will help you overcome the challenges of living and working away from home. Our clients go away happy and comfortable living in the Netherlands!
We offer a free 20 minute telephone/skype consultation.

For more information please visit our contact page, email us or call on +31 (0)6 811 33 988
Business Solutions
@ Home Abroad provides unique, tailor made cross-cultural solutions to companies and institutions with international employees and/or international customers.

We will ensure that your international employees settle quickly into their new business environment allowing them to reach the targets you hired for them. 
We will work with your managers, team leaders, sales representatives and negotiators demonstrating the tools they can use to reconcile and resolve cultural differences in their dealings with both your international (potential) customers and employees.

Our unique solutions give you the edge over your competition.

For further information please visit our contact page, email us, or call us on +31 (0)6 811 33 988
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