SparkLing One: your expat buddy in Rotterdam
What is an expat without a buddy? Lost.
Every expat deserves a buddy. And I’ve got your back! As my client, I help you to get familiar with Rotterdam, the bustling city on the Maas.
Rest assured that you’ll feel at home quickly in Rotterdam with me by your side.
Relocating to Rotterdam? SparkLing One is your relocation buddy and guide
A warm welcome
Are you relocating to Rotterdam on your own? You’ve already got one friend in your new hometown! I’ll be your personal buddy and guide.
Moving overseas can be challenging. This is mostly down to the actual move and all the underlying practical issues which have to be arranged in quick succession after entering the country. Not to mention getting familiar with (new) job responsibilities, location, colleagues and the commute. Simple, easy or familiar would not describe most international moves.
That’s where I come in! I can tackle the initial issues you face as an expat. What a relief, and one that saves you time, energy and money. I help you arrange the most important relocation elements:
- a furnished rental home
- utilities (gas, electricity, water)
- internet, TV, Dutch cell phone
- residence permit and social security number
- public transport travel card
- housing preparation
- just about anything else to help you start your life in Rotterdam
From experience, I know that having an expat buddy by your side in the beginning can give you a head start in your new environment. Together, we can get you to the point where you’re hitting the ground running.
As a proud Rotterdammert (how we refer to ourselves), I love showing people around the real Rotterdam. The city’s unique combination of old and new architecture, broad cultural offering, hip and varied restaurants, colourful street art, renowned museums, awesome festivals, constant urge for rejuvenation and no-nonsense mentality. These make Rotterdam an attractive place to live. It’s a mishmash of cultures; a place that has something for everyone and where countless expats feel quickly at home. Rotterdam is always on the move and there is always something to experience here.
Culture clashes and language barriers
Live like a local
As an expat, you experience both culture clashes and language barriers. These can create a lot of stress and confusion. But you run into much less of that with me as your expat buddy.
Rotterdam is a city you need to get to know first before you can love it completely. That’s why I share my favourite locations with you when I take you through the city; the most exciting places, convenient stores and the best local hangouts. You start to become a Rotterdammer as you begin to feel confident and at home in rapid time, all the while maintaining focus on your job.
Personal attention and support for expats
The personal touch
I understand how it feels to go from a safe and well-known environment to a whole new country. My parents were expats in China and Japan, which is how I came to experience expat life firsthand. Often dependent on themselves to find their own way around, it took my parents a long time to get used to living in a new city.
When I still lived with my mother, I often went out with her and her Korean colleagues. I still remember how much her friends loved being invited to celebrate Queen’s Day (now King’s Day) or to come over for homemade pea soup or Dutch pancakes. These are the kinds of moments I strive to help create for you!
I can’t promise to solve all your problems,
but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone.
How I enhance your relocation experience
You'll never walk alone
In recent years I have been an expat buddy to many expats. I understand how it feels to be an expat and what you as an expat need to feel at home in Rotterdam.
You start at the airport, where a chauffeur waits to pick you up at the Arrivals hall and bring you to your new home. I’ve already helped you find a furnished rental unit in a good neighbourhood, and I ensure that your new place is ready for you. And for an extra warm Rotterdam welcome, I stock your kitchen cupboard with a few traditional local goodies.
Your first outings
We explore your new neighbourhood together. After all, the faster you feel at home in your new environment, the faster you’ll feel at home in Rotterdam. I tell you more about the Dutch language, mannerisms and cultural differences so you feel better prepared to integrate into Dutch society. Things can take an unexpected turn in the beginning, which is why we meet regularly to discuss your new experiences and how I can support you further.
Creating your social circle
Meeting new people can be tricky, no matter where you live. For you as an expat, making friends is a crucial activity. Mostly because acclimatising is difficult when you’re lonely. With this in mind, I organise regular activities for you and my other expat clients. Think about architecture tours, cooking workshops or street art exploration. This is how you get to know Rotterdam better and how you come in contact with other like-minded individuals and locals. Activities like this can help you settle faster in your new city.
Feel free to ask
I’m used to being asked a wide variety of questions: from how to find a good barber/stylist to where the main switch is in the fuse box. All questions are welcome. Don’t wrack your brain looking for answers to every single question when you can simply ask me. As we say in the Netherlands, “lekker relaxed!”
How SparkLing One helps you - your expat buddy in Rotterdam
There’s no place like home
SparkLing One gives you the support you need for a good start and successful relocation to Rotterdam. As your expat buddy and guide, I help you sidestep any pitfalls to minimise stress and maximise your expat experience. You integrate faster in Rotterdam and have the time of your life! A great memory you can look back on for years to come.
Among others, I have previous experience as an expat buddy to engineers from the oil and gas industry and to highly skilled migrant workers, most of whom have come on their own to live and work in Rotterdam.
- Proposal based on your wishes and needs as an expat
- Practical support and buddy support
- Transfers from the airport or train station upon arrival
- Language and cultural development assistance
- Customised programme
- Experience the city together with all our senses (not from a book)
- Discover local facilities: supermarkets, restaurants and cafés, general practitioner, dentist, gym, etc.
- Learn to get around via public transportation
- Special tours and activities
- Useful and exciting workshops
- Meet-ups with your fellow expats and Rotterdammers
- Day trips to well-known Dutch cities/villages and unique historic landmarks
SparkLing One packages
After your free consultation with me, I create a personalised relocation plan for you. It’s important to me that you and I have a good connection, so I can be the best buddy and guide to you as an expat. After all, we’re going to be working together closely to make your relocation to Rotterdam a success. An exciting next step in your life!
* All above amounts are mentioned exclusive 21% VAT.
* Basic travel time and travel expenses are included in the above package prices. However, extra expenses and time spend above the amount of your chosen package will be calculated and charged at an additional hourly rate. Read my General Terms & Conditions for more details or ask me for more details.
* My hourly rate is applied to any additional time spend on work outside the scope of any given package.