AWCA Community Blog

Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources is written by a range of contributors! Contact if you'd like to submit a piece.

Newcomers Series

We put together this Newcomers' Series to help expats (recent or not!) settle into life in the Netherlands. There's a huge amount of information and support available to you through the AWCA. Welcome!

Member Travel Tips

photo of Venice canal with a gondola in the middle and houses lining the sides.AWCA members are an adventurous bunch! Many of us are frequent and enthusiastic travelers, so this new series aims to share travel tips each month. Each recommendation below comes from the real-life experiences of people you know and trust. Do you have suggestions for our members? Please fill out our short survey.

Going Dutch

by AWCA members

This column is a collaborative effort to collect a list for our website of places and activities in our area recommended by our members. If you'd like to compile a list in a certain category, such as restaurants teenagers like, cocktails, best burgers, or whatever you dream up, please email the Tulip Talk editor.

Bits & Pieces

Bits & Pieces covers a range of topics and is written by a range of contributors! Contact if you'd like to submit a piece.

D E S I G N details

Photo credit: Daan Roosegaarde,

D E S I G N details introduces you to creative and inspiring design, designers, projects, trends and exhibits right here in our backyard.

Caring from Abroad by Phyllis Larkin, Psy.D.

Phyllis Larkin is a neuro-psychologist who specializes in issues associated with geriatric care, including counseling and resources for families. She writes about the challenges of caring for an aging parent, particularly from abroad, and provides suggestions for issues such as sibling relationships, finding trustworthy caregivers, and dealing with the guilt of not caring for a parent hands-on.

The Conversations We’re Afraid to Have by Claire Fitzpatrick, D.C.

Claire Fitzpatrick is a Doctor of Chiropractic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is the author of "The Nine Essentials of Health," and founder of JOY! Health and Body, a professional partnership organization with other qualified holistic health care providers. She is a professional consultant for companies who want to improve the quality of health and life of their employees.

Health is about more than eating kale and exercising three times a week. This column makes an in-depth exploration of the relationship we have with our bodies, our ability to adapt and grow within our body-mind framework, and how this relationship affects our lives as women and expats here in the Netherlands.

The Expat Experience by Allison Ochs, M.S.W.

by Allison Ochs, M.S.W.

Allison Ochs grew up in a small town in Utah as one of 11 children. Her family was truly unique: an interracial family consisting of five adopted and six biological children. Defined by her unusual family experiences, she knew at an early age that she wanted to travel and help others.

Over the past 20 years, she has done just that. She has lived, worked and begun her adventures of motherhood in five different countries. She is a social worker/educator who has gained extensive knowledge about family life, various school systems, cultures and living abroad.

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