Liliane Fonds

Instead of sending Christmas cards to our relations, support2holland sends digital cards. The money we save with this action, we donate to charity. Every year we look for an interesting project. We always choose a project in a developing country and if possible related to education. Last year we donated to Bake for life, an organization of bakeries in the Netherlands who train people in developing countries to be a baker.

This year we have donated an amount to Liliane Fonds. This is an international organization which focus on poor people with a disability so that they can have a better future. Liliane Fonds informed us this week that a part of our donation is used for a boy in Rwanda who is deaf. His parents cannot afford the school fee because the father has an irregular job. Because the boy needs special education, the parents asked the help of Liliane fonds.

support2holland is very delighted that a part of the Christmas donation is donated to this young boy.

 

Liliane Fonds

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Christmas wishes

Due to the nature of her activities support2holland is involved in many cultures and nationalities around the world. And so we have heard about many different ways of celebrating Christmas. It goes too far to describe all the different customs and beautiful  traditions, but we can assure you that sharing of such traditions enriches our daily work. Here is our Christmas wish: take time during the rush of the holidays to enjoy the things in life that really matter. Take time to spend time with friends and loved ones. And may the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the season.

Kerst2014

 

 

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I love Holland!

Experiences from a student from Bhutan about living in Holland. Besides having the privilege following a course with a fellowship of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes, one should not underestimate the effects of living in another country for some months…..read below the story of Ms Passang Wangmo who stayed in the Netherlands from September till November 2014…….

I opened my eyes to see myself waking up in the beautiful plains of Holland.   The clear sky was just above me and everything around was so peaceful and beautiful. Coming from the Himalayas and finally being in the country below sea level, it was just a moment for me to cherish. A hustle and bustle  month after the demise of my uncle, finally I was travelling all alone for the first time.  I had mostly been dependent while travelling; every time I travel I am with my friends or family. Now I know that travelling alone is fun and it is a good chance to be more accountable.   During all these days I rediscovered myself all over again. It was amazing to see some new sides of me which I never knew before.

As I stepped out of the Schiphol International airport, I could smell the freshness of this beautiful place.  Before coming here I read a lot about the place on internet  and more over my two besties are just back from this place and I was well informed about all those beautiful places to look out for. The curiosity and excitement was doubled as I reached my apartment in The Hague.  I was lodged at one of the most beautiful locations in the entire Netherlands; the Scheveningen Haven in the Hague. The beautiful North Sea lies just in front of our apartment. Yes! Every day here had been a good surprise for me. The Hague is another place to look out for.  I always wanted to visit this part of the world and I am happy that I ‘got a chance. The place is more like in the fairy tale. Everything is just too beautiful and peace. Here in Holland I never missed a chance to visit the super crowded Amsterdam, the world’s second largest harbor: Rotterdam and some other cities in Holland.It never gave me a chance to miss my home.  I just love Holland.

P.S. Thanks Passang for sharing your experiences written down in your blog through our website.

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From SOL to ATLAS

support2holland takes care of the registration of NFP/MSP for several customers. What has changed in the MSP and NFP application process?

The main change is that candidates now need to apply for an NFP or MSP scholarship directly at the university or training institute, instead of applying with Nuffic. Only the institution will provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines.

As of the deadline of 4 November 2014 Atlas will support the NFP II and MSP II processes. It will replace the SOL application registration system. The former deadline of 6 October 2014 has been changed into 4 November 2914 due to the changes in the application process.

Candidates should seek academic admission at first as early as possible. The processing of an application will cost some time. After the institutionhas granted admission a link to a web application form will be sent to interested candidates so that they can start with the NFP or MSP application. In the application candidates need to give personal details, for which course candidates want to register, for an NFP or MSP fellowship as well as motivational statements. Several documents should be uploaded:  a copy of a valid passport, a statement from the candidates’  employer (format available in the webform) and sometimes a statement from the candidates’ government (format available in the webform). In the webform a user manual is also available.

The application, a candidate submits, must be complete with all the required documentation according to the required formats. The application must be submitted online through the candidate registration form before the fellowship application deadline. Applications that are not submitted according to the required process  and format will not be accepted.

All registered candidates will be informed about the outcome of the selection by email through the institution/support2holland (approximately 7 weeks after the closing of the deadline). If an application is successful, the institution/support2holland will contact the candidate by email to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements.

NFP and MSP

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More information about the contents of the fellowship programmes and eligible countries: www.nuffic.nl/en

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Useful information is important

When you come to the Netherlands to follow a course, you always like to have as much information as possible. How do I reach the hostel, how is the weather, what about the food? support2holland informs students in advance with all kind of information, but also during their stay we try to be a walking encyclopedia.

We send very detailed (step by step) travel instructions from the airport to the hostel. And we are proud to say that almost every student found her/his way rather easily to the intended destination. It happened only once that a nice Dutch lady called us, that she had ‘found’ an international student in the forest, while walking the dog.

Furthermore we prepare and send tailor made practical information which is relevant before and during  the travel. As soon as the student arrives in the Netherlands we provide practical information which is related to the stay in the Netherlands.

If necessary, we arrange a food package for the first days so that the students doesn’t have to go to the shop right away, but can make himself/herself at home first. For all students support2holland strives to give students a warm welcome on behalf of the organisation for which  we are working.

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Let’s talk about Dutch weather…..

Our students are not only facing new studies, but they have noticed in the meantime that the weather is a popular topic to talk about. Since the Netherlands has four seasons, the weather is always changing and that is why you can always say something about the weather. And the Dutch really like to have a chat about the weather.

When students are packing their suitcase on their way to the Netherlands we often get questions what clothes one should take. In every season we advise to take long trousers and long-sleeved tops, as the weather is rather unpredictable. And when it is Summer you can add t-shirts, shorts or skirts and slippers.

This kind of practical information but also other useful information can be found in the introduction package which support2holland sends to their students prior to their departure to enable him/her to prepare successfully on his/her stay in the Netherlands.

And when a student has finally adjusted him/herself to the Dutch way of life you won’t be surprised that a critical opinion about the weather is one of the tools the student uses in his/her daily conversation! Just like the Dutch do!

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Back to work

After some weeks holidays, we are back to work. The last weekend and the coming weekend students from several universities and training institutes will arrive. This means that we have to do the pick up from the train station, do a check-in and explain everything about the housing. One of the best things in our work is to see the students in person. We have a lot of mail contact during the process of visa and now we meet the students in person. So nice to check if they look like their passport picture.

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New Website Launch support2holland!

We are very excited to have launched our new website, a beautiful digital reflection of our company. It is a large undertaking to renew your website, but it has helped us grow in different aspects.

In fact when you start with the process you encounter many decision moments. The renewing of our message was a challenge;  organizing a photo shoot with a professional photographer was one of the most enjoyable parts. Our students were willing to join and they made it possible to refresh the pictures in a wonderful way. And then finally a new look of the website gave the result which you can see now! We have added a blog through which we are going to keep you posted of developments in our company and related matters. We sincerely hope you enjoy exploring our new website, and please feel free to send any questions and/or feedback or leave us some thoughts in the comments below.

Our website was made by:

Text: enJOY Communicatie
New website concept & design: WyZyn Communicatie
Photography: Iris Latuasan

Erica & Madelon

A special thanks goes to the family of Eleen Seki, who allowed us to use her pictures (she is the lady on the left in the header). Shortly after the photo shoot and her return to Kenya we received the sad news that Eleen was involved in a car accident, which she did not survive. We will miss her so much.

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