- General Secretariat staff
- Intercultural Communication Section Administrator
I came to the Netherlands from Germany as a newly qualified teacher of German. I taught in a German secondary school for 15 years while living in the Netherlands, before deciding that I wanted to go into business. Alongside my work with Noorderlink, a collaboration of more than thirty organizations in the three northern provinces, I studied for a higher professional education degree in Business Organization and Personnel Management, a new, exciting and informative world. My affinity with education brought me to the Language Centre secretariat in November 2013.
Being German born and bred, I didn’t speak a single word of Dutch when I arrived in the Netherlands, let alone feel familiar with the culture. I followed a course in Dutch at the Language Centre, along with colleagues from every corner of the globe. From that moment, the importance of understanding a country’s culture as well as its language became very clear to me. Since then I’ve also worked in the area of intercultural communication, particularly between the Netherlands and Germany.
In the Language Centre you work closely with international colleagues and you come into daily contact with students from all over the world – it’s a real cultural melting pot. I enjoy learning about the different cultural backgrounds and that helps me to respond better to our clients’ attitudes and world-views. My job helps to get these people interested and bridges the gap between the Netherlands and other countries. I’m really enthusiastic about it! I find my work really energizing.
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