Stagereizen Internship in Australia or New Zealand

An internship in Australia or New Zealand?

Nederlands: (English information below)

Stagereizen : Stagereizen is sinds 2007 gespecialiseerd in het bemiddelen van buitenlandse stages. Vanuit ons kantoor in Nieuw-Zeeland of Australië zoeken wij voor de student de perfecte stage. Daarnaast helpen we bij het vinden van geschikte huisvesting, aanvragen van het visum, regelen van de verzekering en uitzoeken van het vliegticket. Ten slotte is stage lopen in het buitenland niet compleet zonder activiteiten als weekendtrips, barbecues en netwerkborrels. Naar wat voor stage in Australië of stage in Nieuw-Zeeland je ook op zoek bent, Stagereizen zorgt voor een geweldige tijd.

English:

Founded in 2007, Stagereizen have assisted thousands of local and international candidates connect with companies throughout New Zealand and Australia. We strive for excellence, value and constant improvements on our Programs and Services.

We offer a comprehensive list of services catering to a wide range of needs for completing an internship abroad. The student will be able to focus on his/her internship without the worries of figuring everything out – or risk doing things wrong. Our primary mission will always lie in ensuring every intern successfully completes their internship. Whether this involves gaining the relevant credits and/or experience, we have never had an intern who has failed to do so for reasons within our control. Being aware of the needs of both host companies and the demands of educational institutions goes a long way to ensure this happens. We acknowledge that the time spent away from work can be just as important. At Stagereizen we arrange activities and events that allow our interns to make friends and memories as they explore, together, our beautiful countries Down Under.

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For more information:

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If you are Dutch and do decide on an internship in Australia or New Zealand, I’d love to hear about it!  Please contact me.  Renee

 

 

 

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Museums in Amsterdam and special English language art tours

Amsterdam is home to some of the best museums in Europe. Rembrandt, Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh are just some of the very famous painters who lived there. Rijksmuseum, Hermitage or Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are the places to go to see some of their very famous paintings.

However, visiting these large museums can often be overwhelming. It’s quite hard to understand the exhibits when you don’t know their context. And sometimes there are just so many rooms and paintings there, you can easily get lost.

Special intimate art tours for internationals living in the Netherlands

That’s why an art historian Tea Gudek Snajdar started organizing special Saturday Art Tours (LINK: http://culturetourist.com/tours/tours-workshops/art-tours/) for internationals living in the Netherlands. ‘My idea is that art is here for all of us to enjoy. It shouldn’t be exclusive or understandable to only a small group of art critics. Everyone should be able to appreciate it. That’s why I started to organize these small intimate art tours in some of the famous museums in Amsterdam’.

These tours are not an art lectures, they are quite interactive, as well. So, often visitors are drawing the details from the paintings in a museum, or listening what some of the painters wrote in their journals or letters. There is a maximum of five people in groups which allows you to ask all the questions you have.

Tea’s four favourite museums in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum, the Royal Museum of the Netherlands is a home to some of the finest work of Dutch artists. The building was quiet controversial when it was built, because of the many elements that looked like they were taken from the Catholic church. However, today is one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam and the best place to see some of the Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Paintings created for the rich middle class are truly reflecting every-day life of their commissioners: stroopwafels, pancakes, Sinterklaas, you can find all of them there.

Rijksmuseum photo (source: Culture Tourist)

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a home to the biggest collection of Vincent’s art work in the world. Painter who painted for only ten years made around 1,800 paintings and drawings. He developed a unique art style during that time and became one of the most influential painters for the generations of artist that came after him. Vincent’s life is exceptionally reflected in his paintings. And together with the letters he wrote to his brother Theo you’ll get to know one of the most touching stories in art history so well.

Van Gogh Museum (source: Culture Tourist)

Rembrandthuis Museum

Rembrandt van Rijn, the most famous Dutch Golden Age’s painter lived and worked almost his whole life in Amsterdam. He became very famous already in his 20’s as the most important portraitist in Amsterdam. The house he bought and in which he lived is now the Rembrandthuis Museum. It’s lovely to see his kitchen, living room or his studio as they looked while he was living there. The whole neighbourhood around the museum is filled with places important to Rembrandt during his life. De Waag is where he joined ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ and made one of his most famous paintings after it. And Oude Kerk is where his loved wife Saskia was buried.

Rembrandthuis Museum (source: Culture Tourist)

There are so many more places in Amsterdam where you can learn about his life. If you would like to learn more about them, take a look here:

http://culturetourist.com/destinations/the-netherlands/following-the-footsteps-of-rembrandt-in-amsterdam/

Hermitage Museum

The other museum with a great exhibitions dedicated to the Dutch Golden Ages is the Hermitage Museum. Its ‘Portrait gallery of the Golden Age’ is a place to learn about Amsterdam during the 17th century, life in the city and some famous buildings that are still standing in a city today. However, it’s also wonderful to see there that the international and liberal spirit of Amsterdam has its roots in the Golden Ages when Dutch people started to travel and foreigners started to come to the city.

Hermitage Museum (source: Culture Tourist)

Learning about art is a great way to understand Dutch culture and history. There are so many great museums in Amsterdam with some of the most famous world’s paintings. So, why not spend one of the following Saturday mornings exploring them?

Would you like to learn more about a special art tours for internationals Tea is organising? Take a look at the link here: http://culturetourist.com/tours/tours-workshops/

New Consul-General of the Netherlands to Australia

A warm welcome to Australia to Frank van Beuningen, the new Consul-General of the Netherlands in Sydney. Frank arrived in Sydney last month. Before his posting Down Under, he worked as a diplomat on special assignments and had several postings, among others in Afghanistan, Germany, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe. Besides working on economic diplomacy and trade promotion, Frank has dealt extensively with security policy, counter-terrorism and human rights issues.

In the Netherlands Frank was the co-founder and later director (1998 – 2002) of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, a think tank that advises the Dutch government on a regular basis on all aspects of foreign and security policy. He has a degree in international affairs from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Frank is married to Jennie and together they have two adult children.

After having been in Sydney for nearly two weeks, Frank says “he feels like a dog with two tails”. He states: “I am looking forward to working with the team on the optimising of consular services and the potential for Dutch companies to partner with Australian counterparts to achieve sustainable trade and investment for both our countries. I cannot wait to get to know the Dutch community. I am very interested in its history”.

More information can be found here:

Dutch: www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/landen/australie

English: www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/countries/australia

Behind the scenes of Heavenly Holland

I’d like to introduce Annie of the Heavenly Holland Facebook community and website.  With over 46,000 followers on Facebook and extensive information and beautiful images on her website, Annie loves to share her passion for the Netherlands.   She is Dutch but writes in English on her website so that people all around the world can learn more about “this amazing little country in Western Europe”.

Here’s an online interview:

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Hi, I’m Annemarie Olde Daalhuis, but you can call me Annie.  I live in Enschede, the Netherlands and my connection with Australia is that a large part of the Heavenly Holland community is based there. After the Netherlands, the USA and Canada, the country with the most followers is Australia. From their comments I notice that many of them are of Dutch descent. This is confirmed by the results from a recent poll. Sadly I’ve never been to Australia myself, yet. Who knows that the future holds…

Other target readers of Heavenly Holland are international tourists who wish to visit the Netherlands, and expats who already live in the Netherlands. After extensive traveling to several countries in almost all regions, except the Pacific, and never getting bored answering questions about my homecountry, I decided to start a Facebook page about the Netherlands. This is nearly seven years ago. Since then, the Heavenly Holland community has grown to over 46,000. With this Facebook page I intended to put the positive aspects of the Netherlands in the spotlight as the media covers enough about negativity and misery in the world already.

Last year I launched the website www.heavenly-holland.com. The website boasts travel inspiration for tourists and expats as well as fun facts about the Netherlands’ past and presents.

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Thanks for all the great information and gorgeous images you share Annie!  If you don’t already follow her Facebook page, here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/HeavenlyHolland/

Renee