Whether you are new to THE HAGUE or have been here for years, DutchbuzZ is here to help you feel like this is your city. In our weekly radio broadcast & podcasts, we tell you, in English, what is happening around you, and how you can make the most of your time here. Every individual, group or community needs a VOICE that reflects who you are, your goals and expectations, your interests and concerns or merely your rants and raves. DutchbuzZ aims to be that listening ear, sounding board and reflective voice for the whole international community in The Hague.
News Story of the Week - Dutch vaccination programme
The Netherlands has started vaccinating healthcare workers but what about the rest of the population and where do internationals come it? DutchbuzZ surveyed internationals living in the Netherlands and we share your responses here. Official information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found in English at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/dutch-vaccination-programme.
Tetyana Benzeroual_ The Hague Pearls
The Netherlands has one of the highest numbers of volunteers in the world and The Hague is particularly rich when it comes to residents rendering their services free of charge. Set up to enable internationals in The Hague to share their time and skills, Volunteer The Hague has found hundreds of jobs for people at charities, NGOs, hospitals and care centres for the aged. Someone who has played a pivotal role in helping the international community in The Hague find rewarding volunteer work, is this week’s DutchbuzZ Pearl, Tetyana Benzeroual, Project Manager at Volunteer The Hague..
Hans Willink _ The Hague Pearls
Saving the local museum in Scheveningen, championing disabled sportsmen and women, writing a book on darts legend, Raymond van Barneveld - they all form part of Hans Willink's love for The Hague and Scheveningen; a passion which he shares with Dutchbuzz Editor, Lily-Anne Stroobach, who selected Hans as one of its Pearls. Discover why Hans deserves this accolade by listening this podcast...
Deborah Valentine_ The Hague Pearls
Since 2011, Deborah Valentine has been Executive Director of Access, the volunteer-managed organisation that provides help and advice to internationals in The Hague. In this interview she tells DutchbuzZ how she has helped professionalise the organisation during her tenure, how she stayed focused on looking after the volunteer staff during the turbulent year of 2020 and what her priorities are for the future. In the second part of the interview, Deborah shares her thoughts on women’s rights, feeling at home, learning Dutch and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Cathy Delhanty _ The Hague Pearls
Cathy has been enriching The Hague’s international community for twenty years with her energy and drive to bring warmth where it is most needed. Her charity, Wool for Warmth builds communities of volunteers who knit scarves, hats and warm clothes for The Hague’s homeless people. Cathy’s passion for social inclusion stems partly from her own painful past and her own experience of rejection as an international, as she told DutchbuzZ's Ayesha de Sousa in this candid and poignant interview.
Elske Van Holk _ The Hague Pearls
What would Christmases have been like in The Hague without the English theatre productions that Elske annually brought to our city? Summer without one of Elske's outdoor Shakespeare plays? Unthinkable!
For the past 14 years Elske has entertained and inspired the international community in The Hague with her hand-picked theatre productions from all corners of the world. Selected as a special guest for our 10th anniversary and one of Dutchbuzz's 'Pearls', Lily-Anne Stroobach spoke to the founder of the English Theatre Foundation about bringing English language theatre to The Hague, and what she values most in her life; culture and family.