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ACCESS is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the international community in the Netherlands.
Whether you are working here on an expatriate assignment, have recently relocated, studying or have made Holland your home, then our free information and range of services are here to support you.

Serving the international community for 25 years!

Established in 1986 the Administrative Committee to Coordinate English Speaking Services - ACCESS - in short, was the grass root initiative of the members of the international community in the Netherlands who felt the pressing need for an organisation that would answer their needs, provide peer support and help cope with the challenges of expatriate living.

Today ACCESS has evolved into a dynamic volunteer, not-for-profit organisation that serves the needs and interests of the international community, namely by:

providing guidance, advice, information to help individuals with settling, and/or living and working in the Netherlands,
promoting friendship, understanding and well-being of the members of the international community in the Netherlands
contributing to community development through skill training schemes and courses
serving as a bridge between local and international communities

Well into its 26th year ACCESS has become synonymous with outstanding personalised service, empathy and insight. All ACCESS volunteers, trainers, counsellors, Dutch or international, have been expatriates themselves and know first hand what the extra hurdles are to living away from a familiar environment. They add value to what we do, and how we do it. Just as importantly, they do so voluntarily - generously giving their time, sharing their unique skills, experience and diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Whether you are a well-travelled expat, a first timer on an international assignment, or someone who is living short or long-term in the Netherlands, ACCESS is here to help you. Our international team of experienced volunteers can provide practical information, advice, support and services to assist with all aspects of moving to, or living in the Netherlands, particularly when "being far from home".

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Furthermore services such as those of our counselling service network and different training programmes are 'expat/international friendly' - provided by individuals who are familiar with being far from home.
Contact details of this month's on-call counsellors can be found here.
In addition, we offer a cancer support service - ACCESS Cancer Link- provided by counsellors from International Counselling Connections, working with ACCESS on a voluntary basis.

We provide information and advice via our helpdesk and personal consultation services.

Our Community Education team offers a comprehensive programme of English language courses and workshops covering a range of topics that reflect the interests and experiences of the international community.

We also offer a range of publications to assist you with living in the Netherlands: the ACCESS magazine or ezine, the ACCESS Guides, and, on our online shop which offers some useful books relating to living in the Netherlands. These can also be purchased from our office, please consult about availability before coming in though.

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Address:City Hall Atrium Spui 70
Postal code:2511BT