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Lunch Talk In My Backyard

It turns out that it is not easy for refugees who are settling in the Netherlands to get to know the Dutch. While this is of paramount importance: to practice Dutch, build relationships en to become part of Dutch society. 

Conversely, there are many people in Amsterdam who would love to pitch in, but who lead busy lives. We have set up In My Backyard to bring these groups together ( We have set up 13 groups throughout the city. They meet up, and keep in touch through Facebook and WhatsApp. 

Right now, we are trying to devise ways to increase one-on-one meetings. Cultural differences appear to get in the way. Or sometimes simply being busy, shy or modest. 

It would be great if you think along with us of new ways to increase individual meetings.

Sign up for the Lunch Talk here.


Date: Thursday January 11
Time: 12.30 - 13.30
Spring House, De Ruyterkade 128, Amsterdam