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1. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

I'm going to The Netherlands for over a month on the 6th July and i'm hoping to get a job. I'll be in Arnhem. I don't speak dutch but does anyone know of where i could get a job or what sort of work i would expect?

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Talk about the weather to start a conversation with a Dutch.;)

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I think that unless you're willing to learn some Dutch pretty quickly you're employment prospects are somewhat limited. Have you thought about an on-line Dutch tutorial - I'm sure there are plenty available for free.

4. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 9y

considering your only here for a month, its not long enough to learn enough dutch to get a job...

so id say your limited to things like childcare (there are loads of nanny/aupair jobs), cleaning or labour kinds of work.

most ppl prefer female aupairs/nannies, are you m/f?
you can check out
www.zoekoppas.nl
www.greataupair.com
www.aupairworld.com

you can also find some things on the expat sites like www.expatica.com

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

dont worry about not knowing dutch!

all dutch people know english! they even speak better english then i do!

dutch language is the main business language. lots of dutch people speak english to each other.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

lots of dutch people speak english to each other.

That is just so not true. Really, where have you heard this?

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

Talk about the weather to start a conversation with a Dutch.;)

Now that is true indeed! Basically, it s*cks, it is like autumn since weeks now.

8. Posted by Dreieich (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I'd like to warn you that you need a permit to work in the Netherlands and the prospective employer has to prove to the government that they tried to hire a Dutch person first. Where are you form? If you live in the EU it should be a bit easier. The whole process is really a pain, however.

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting oslaue

lots of dutch people speak english to each other.

That is just so not true. Really, where have you heard this?

when i lived in amsterdam and worked there everyone communicated to me in english...and everyone in the office spoke english to each other.........i didnt need to learn or know any dutch.

10. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

I did an aupair job in Venice. In fact i came to holland from there after i quit it because it was so bad. So i don't think i'll be doing that again any time soon. I only want a cash in hand job like washing up dishes. I got a job in Berlin and i spoke hardly a word of german (endless hours of fun when people shout bestek at you) and most of them were polish.