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1. Posted by rastacourage (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y

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I want to live in the Netherlands-- particularly Amsterdam for at least a year before continuing my education (which will hopefully also be in Europe). Does anyone know of any cheap ways or programs to work abroad in the Netherlands? I've heard of Au Pair and teaching English, but I am open to all types of possibilities. Any experiences would also be helpful. Thanks!

2. Posted by marcusnicholas (Inactive 9 posts) 1y

The Dutch Enjoy Time Off from Work

I appreciate the Dutch appreciation for time off with family and friends. They know when to stop working and enjoy life, people, each other. They also don't consider themselves competitive as we are raised in the US. This has minuses but definite pluses in how they view life and what they feel is important," explained an expat in Amsterdam. Another said, "time is also appreciated. Employees get, on average, five weeks of vacation in addition to the many many holidays. The average work week is 36 hours and an astounding number of people work four days a week.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 1y

Quoting marcusnicholas

The Dutch Enjoy Time Off from Work

I appreciate the Dutch appreciation for time off with family and friends. They know when to stop working and enjoy life, people, each other. They also don't consider themselves competitive as we are raised in the US. This has minuses but definite pluses in how they view life and what they feel is important," explained an expat in Amsterdam. Another said, "time is also appreciated. Employees get, on average, five weeks of vacation in addition to the many many holidays. The average work week is 36 hours and an astounding number of people work four days a week.

Haha, well said!

Actually, the holidays (that is Christmas etc.) is less than average compared to many other European countries or even in the US for example. Around 5-8 on average a year. Some are always on Mondays (like 'Second Easter Day'), others have specific dates and might be in the weekend, in which case we don't have a Friday or Monday off.

But the average of 5 weeks vacation is true. And in many cases, include mine, we actually work 40 hours but get paid for 36 hours. The 4 hours extra can be built up into regular holidays, meaning I have around 9 weeks a year, excluding holidays and overtime etc.

Cheers and have fun in Amsterdam!

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