To help give you the best information possible as you prepare for your move and start to get settled into the Netherlands, we have asked experts in a number of fields to contribute information to the site.


Aleksandra Tesanovic, Scientist

Scientist by vocation and expatriate by choice, I am passionately trying to understand how can we improve ourselves for our childrens’ sake.

Annabelle Humanes, Blogger

I am a 30-something part-time stay-at-home mum. I write about my multilingual and multicultural displaced family’s adventures in the world at The Piri-Piri Lexicon.

Christi Madrid, Blogger

Christi is a Florida based blogger who grew up in Northern Michigan. She moved to the sunshine state to attend college where she initially studied journalism, but finished in Social Work. Her devotion to both writing and families has served her well in a Family Advocate capacity and she still performs family mediations whenever called upon. She has been writing professionally since 2006, starting off in newspapers and transitioning into online work. She married a man from Peru and became a stepmom to her then 3-year-old daughter. She considers step parenting one of her greatest joys in life. Together, she and her husband strive to rear their daughter to be a globally minded citizen; confident and empowered in her world identity. Christi blogs about step parenting and her personal passion of Learning to be the Light at ChristiMadrid.com. You can also catch her on Facebook at Learning to be the Light – Christi Madrid.

Erica Gray, Blogger

In my previous life I was an environmental scientist with a background in communications, marketing and writing. I am now an expat mum currently working as a home-based writer and environmental consultant writing articles about expat life and web content on a wide variety of subjects. I still occasionally get to produce marketing materials and articles for environmental organizations and businesses but mostly I write for fun and look after my family and manage a busy house come B&B for all our friends and family who like to stay with us in the Netherlands. My writing work has covered a wide variety of topics in addition to environmental issues including relationships, gardening, health and science. I try to balance my writing work with the requirements of my two most demanding clients, my son and daughter, who keep me very busy creating stories, crafting fantastic pieces of artwork, making up rhymes and singing songs every day.

Giselle Shardlow, Author of Kids Yoga Stories

Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. She hopes to inspire children by drawing from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, mother, and yogi. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Her yoga-inspired children’s books can be found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon worldwide.

Heidi Gill, Author of 2 Kurious Kids

Mother to two bi-racial children (Punjabi and Caucasian) Heidi Gill, is the author of 2 Kurious Kids – a five book series that teaches children of all ages about different cultures and languages. Always wanting to teach her kids Punjabi so they can communicate with their grandparents and also learn about other cultures, Heidi decided to write her own books using her two children as the main characters. She is enjoying visiting elementary schools and book stores all over California speaking to students in grades 1st-5th grades encouraging unity and wellness among children.

Jody Tilbury, Blogger

Jody is a stay-at-home mom, raising two girls in a wildlife reserve in Malawi. Pre-motherhood she worked with international and environmental education. Jody is homeschooling her daughters and enjoys sharing her love of other cultures, nature and conservation with them. She writes about their adventures at Mud Hut Mama.

Kim Siegal, Blogger

Kim lives in Western Kenya with her husband and two boys. She is currently staying home with her new baby, but was formerly working for an NGO which conducts rigorous impact evaluations on anti-poverty programs. She blogs at www.mamamzungu.com and contributes to the Huffington Post.

Kristen Canales, Blogger

I’m a “stay-at-home” mom who doesn’t like to stay at home. My munchkin and I visit fun places in our community, make crafts, and learn. We have a bilingual-bicultural household so many of our adventures are with Hispanic culture and the Spanish language.

Olga Mecking, Blogger

My name is Olga. I live in the Netherlands with my husband and two daughters. I speak at least three languages, every day, especially Polish (with my children and family), German (with my husband) and English. I thought a blog would be a great opportunity to write in all three languages, just for fun. Also, this way I can share my personal stories, and write about things that interest me at the moment: parenting, multilingualism, and the experience of living in another country.

Renee Veldman-Tentori, Social Media Consultant and Family/Work Coach

I am a Dutch Australian who has moved a few times now between the two countries! Currently living in The Hague with my husband and two young daughters, I am a passionate family work balance advocate and collect experiences of working and entrepreneurial parents to share through Professional Parents. Social media is my superpower, allowing me to run my business around my family and keep connected with relatives, friends and clients all over the world. I share regular tips on social media, marketing and photography over at Zestee.

Rosalind Van Aalen, Blogger

Having lived in Spain for most of my life, moving to the Netherlands was quite a culture shock. I Have a daughter called Funky Monkey for blogging and online purposes Oh and also a husband! named Dutchie , who is Dutch and who I met in France on the Arc de triomphe. We are raising my daughter to be trilingual (English, Spanish and Dutch.) I am a part time lecturer in English and Spanish and quite often drive myself mad with planning, marking and students in general. I try to encourage active learning and group participation in the classroom, thereby helping students to become productive and successful citizens. I am interested in developing e learning within teaching. I love cooking and baking but do often end up with a few disasters too. I craft a lot too and I am glad that my daughter also shares my passion for these too.

Sophie Bos, Doula Sophie

A passion for birth.
My name is Sophie, I am a Doula based in the Rotterdam area and also take clients in surrounding cities. Though I have lived in Holland for many years and am fluent in Dutch, I am English. I have been involved in the international community for years and have much experience with cross-cultural families. I gave birth to two of my boys in Holland and the youngest was born in America, so I know what it is to be expecting a baby in a culture other than your own and all the emotions and complications that can bring. My desire is to help parents have a safe, informed and memorable birthing experience in the Netherlands.

Ute Limacher-Riebold, Blogger

I’m an “expat-since-birth”. As a German citizen, I grew up in Italy, studied and worked in Switzerland, went to Italy (Florence) for work and came to the Netherlands in 2005 with my husband and son. My twin-daughters were born in Delft in 2006. – I worked as researcher, teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Zurich and I am now freelance translator, language teacher and writer. In my blog Expat Since Birth I write about being expat, parenting, twins and multilingualism.

Varya Sanina-Garmroud, Blogger

Varya blogs at Little Artists about encouraging creativity in children, cooking with children, parenting and other things. She is a mother to 2 girls and loves music, dancing, reading and writing.