Dear AC­CESS read­ers


2015 is the Year of the Soil, and sees a World Expo ded­i­cated to feed­ing the planet. In­spi­ra­tion enough for us to ex­plore all things earth re­lated. An es­sen­tial part of serv­ing in­ter­na­tion­als in the Nether­lands, be­sides an­swer­ing the press­ing ques­tions they have, is, in our opin­ion, pro­vid­ing bridges to con­nect­ing to neigh­bours, to the coun­try. It is this un­der­ly­ing cur­rent which runs through the top­ics we cover in our mag­a­zine. We be­lieve there is much to be dis­cov­ered, not only an­swered. Our FAQ Guides, Helpdesk and web­site an­swer ques­tions. Our mag­a­zine, on­line fea­ture ar­ti­cles and con­tri­bu­tions to other pub­li­ca­tions, such as the Xpat Jour­nal, pro­vide con­tent which we hope will al­low in­ter­na­tion­als to connect with their hosts and neigh­bours. What drives our ed­i­to­rial and pro­duc­tion process? Find­ing top­ics and ideas which al­low our read­ers to connect with lo­cals on con­tent, un­til they are able to do so in lan­guage. And, we do our best to avoid the top­ics al­ready cov­ered by many be­fore us, and search for the in­no­va­tive, the un­usual, the ‘I did not know’ fac­tor. In the past we have taken in­spi­ra­tion from: Dutch lit­er­a­ture; unique Dutch sports and most re­cently the un­likely ga­lac­tic jour­ney of the Dutch. This year, the clas­si­cal el­e­ments are set to in­spire a se­ries of ar­ti­cles. We start with ‘Earth’ and wel­come you to this year’s jour­ney. Want to know what is com­ing up? Sign up for our e-zine and re­ceive it in your mail­box as it is pub­lished quar­terly. This and ALL the ser­vices pro­vided by AC­CESS, is brought to you by a team of pro­fes­sion­als who vol­un­teer their time, and ex­per­tise. Want to know more about them? Keep an eye out for our monthly Vol­un­teer fea­tures.

Deb­o­rah Valen­tine - Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor

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