Testimonials

Testimonials

THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN KNOWING YOU’VE HELPED YOUR CLIENTS TO MAKE A HAPPY START TO THEIR NEW LIVES. HERE’S WHAT SOME OF THEM HAVE SAID ABOUT US: 

Annebet has delivered high-quality information sessions on the Dutch education system for Shell staff in Amsterdam. This has been valuable for our expat staff who want to learn more about how to successfully navigate the system and what the options are for their children. When it comes to such an important topic, it is essential that the information comes from a knowledgeable and trustworthy source; with Annebet I have always felt we are in safe hands and I’ve been proud to partner with her.

Silla Haili – Focal Point, Outpost Amsterdam for Royal Dutch Shell

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In 2015, our Economy Department from the Municipality of Leiden had an excellent collaboration with Annebet from New2nl. She updated the website texts about education in Leiden for us and for the Expat Centre Leiden, improving them and making them more user-friendly for (newly arrived) expats in our city. She also developed some digital texts related to education, such as a summary of the Dutch education system, a glossary and a checklist for expats about education. Finally, she gave a seminar to our target group about education in the Netherlands, specifically the Leiden region. We are very satisfied with the entire process as it yielded strong texts and information for our international residents, local schools and for the Expat Centre and the Municipality of Leiden ourselves.

Bas van Meggelen – Senior Policy Advisor at the Economy Department of the Municipality of Leiden 

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  • I wish we'd discovered New2nl before we moved to Amsterdam! Annebet is not only a consumate professional but also a lovely person who makes you feel utterly welcome. But most importantly, she makes things easy. Navigating the Dutch education system in order to register our young son for primary school is actually rather tricky if you are relying on Google Translate, and we started to worry that we were missing something important in the registration process. But one email to Annebet and suddenly I felt like everything was completely under control and I could stop being stressed. In addition to an enormous knowledge of the Amsterdam school system and being able to answer all kinds of questions, Annebet even accompanies us on the school visits. This is incredibly helpful if, like us, you don't speak Dutch. We cannot recommend her and New2nl highly enough to any new expats!

    Jane UK/Australia
  • New2nl is an excellent service helping parents already in the Netherlands and coming to the Netherlands navigate the dutch educational systems. From the appointment application process, the fast response, the services offered they are all very professional and helpful. Being here and doing my own research I knew a few things about the dutch school system, but Annebet helped me understand even more. She also gave me more ideas and avenues to investigate to get my kids into the best schools. I have and will continue to recommend her to my friends

    Delia USA
  • I am so glad I went. It was very informative and will save me a lot of time in researching this topic myself. From not knowing anything about the school system, this session has enabled me to have a sense of direction so I can get to the application stage faster. Annebet has clearly spent a lot of time in preparing a very thorough information pack, I really appreciate her efforts. Also very happy to meet other mums going through the same process, it was very helpful to hear their experiences and tips”.

    Min UK/Australia
  • “Annebet was a great help to us learning more about daily life here in the Netherlands. She put a lot of effort in organizing helpful information so that we could grasp both the big picture and the small details. Her kind and patient approach made us feel comfortable asking what (we feared) were ‘stupid’ questions. Excellent experience.”

    Courtney USA
  • “Thank you so much for taking the time to research these issues for me. You are an invaluable help to me with this process. Your knowledge, experience, command of the Dutch language, it is all a huge asset with these matters and your advice and assistance is a tremendous aid for my family.”

    Debbie USA
  • If you're planning to make a move to The Netherlands and are looking at local schools without specific knowledge and experience, Annebet is a must.  She has a wealth of experience to successfully navigate through the seemingly mind boggling Dutch primary school system.  Annebet provided us with supberb advice when we were struggling to understand the different primary school years and ones suitable for our Anglo-Dutch children.   She totally understands the emotional rollercoaster for parents and that one size does not fit all!  Our children grew up in England, have an English mother and Dutch father.  We have recently moved to The Hague.

    Nicola UK/The Netherlands
  • Annebet was so helpful to find a School for our kids, to fill all the forms in Dutch and so on. So I just like to say THANK YOU so much.

    Florence France
  • I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -Vincent van Gogh-   This is how one may feel after looking into schooling options for ones child in Amsterdam. At this point it is my best advice to ask Annebeth for her expertise. She will not only ensure you find out what you really are looking for but also explain the system and the route to the goal – the right school that matches your child individually- in her very special, super friendly and clear communication.

    Kathrin Germany
  • So structured and relevant and useful! I learned during the seminar more than during 3 years of studying this school subject by myself with bits and pieces. Because of Annebet, information she provided, my son got admitted to the school of our choice via the lottery. So recommend! I just wish i would cooperate more with her, to avoid/reduce the stress I have gone through. Thank you Annebet!!!!

    Mariya Ukraine
  • Annebet, you have been such a help in a smooth transition to Holland for me and my family. We can’t thank you enough, and would recommend your services unconditionally to anyone moving to the Netherlands.

    Sam UK
  • Thrilled to have Annebet on my side! She offers brilliant advice & guidance in an open and friendly manner. It's wonderful to deal with someone who truly understands the point of view of the parent. I highly recommend her services.

    Eamonn UK
  • Understanding the Dutch school system isn't easy - this is where Annebet comes in to offer her great insight and balanced advice. After a consultation with Annebet - which I luckily won by taking part in her King's Day draw (THANK YOU!) - I feel that I have a much better idea of the next steps to take to figure out which schools we prefer for our child. I would not hesitate to contact her again for additional advice and can highly recommend her service to other expats or even to Dutch people who want help figuring out how the application process works. Thanks Annebet!

    Elenna Canada
  • The one valuable information I came up with after hours of searching the web for education options in Amsterdam was New2nl contact details. Annebet van Mameren quickly helped us navigate through school options based on our needs, concerns and aspirations. She is highly professional, thorough and knowledgeable but most importantly kind, empathetic, and effective! We had secured a school for our son in less then a week from meeting her. Thank you Annebet. You are a super star.

    Karin Israel
  • Great help with personalized school assistance - The school was a perfect fit for our daughter, and we'd never have found it without the help of New2NL. I was also pleased to win the 1st prize of the Dutch Christmas Quiz, personalized help in finding a suitable daycare for our son!

    Helen UK/Belgium
  • This review is extremely easy for me to write. In fact, I was looking forward to writing it. There are few people that will go to great lengths to help a stranger as Annebet has done for me. She has gone above and far beyond helping me and in turn helping my children. As parents, it is our responsibility to provide our kids with what we feel is the best education for them. Being in a foreign country makes that decision stressful and a bit scary. Annebet has given me the peace of mind that we are making the best decision. She is professional, quick, kind and most important, she is accurate. I wish there were 6 stars. Thanks Annebet.

    Carla
  • We had a call recently with Annebet and found it so helpful. I was a bit lost and confused about the whole Dutch education system before our chat but I feel much calmer now and know what steps we need to take and what are the best options for us. Definitely a great service and worth it.

    Michelle
  • Dank je veel Annebet voor de aandacht en het uitgebreide informatie. Echt waar heb ik zo veel niet verwacht. Ik heb je al geschreven als in de toekomst help nodig zal hebben dan zou ik zeker inschakelen. Met hartelijke groeten.

    Violeta
  • Hi Annebet Ondanks het feit dat u nog niets van mij heb gehoord, wil ik zeggen dat ik heel veel baat gehad aan de door u gestuurd presentatie van Dutch secondary school system. voor het eerste in de 15 jaar dat ik hier woon weet ik wat mijn Kenyans educatie vergelijkbaar is in het Nederlands school system. Het gaat me zo veel helpen straks met het sturen van onze dochter.Hartelijk dank!! Gr. Hellen van Drongo

    Inisi Kenya
  • Thank you New2nl for all our your support, knowledge, help and reassurance! I only wish we had spoken 6months ago and we may have saved ourselves a lot of heartache and questioning. You have been brilliant in helping us to understand the Dutch education system and finding/contacting the right schools to meet our needs. We appreciate all of the help and support you have given us. Best regards Tom & Sarah

    Tom & Sarah
  • Annebet has a heart of gold and will do anything to help you find your way in the dutch school system. She is passionate about helping people and gives solid presentations. She will go out of her way to get you the info you need. I can highly recommend her to any expat who needs help.

    Baukje
  • New2NL have provided excellent service and clarity in an area where we really needed it - finding a school for our kids. Annebet has been detailed, informative and reliable, and gave us excellent insight into how to make this decision. For expats, the school system is not easy to navigate, and New2NL really helped clarify the process and gave us confidence we could make an informed decision. Highly recommended!

    David UK
  • Thank goodness I attended the education seminar and met Annebet. We only had a week to fill in the enrolment form and hand it in personally to the school that was our first for the lottery. Annebet was there for me every step of the way. Provided a selection of suitable schools around our area, a detailed summary of the schools and explained the teaching philosophies of each. I wouldn't have managed without her help. Highly recommended!

    Yen Australia
  • I wish I found New2NL much sooner! Annebet was extremely knowledgable, helpful and reassuring when it came to the Dutch school system. She helped me better understand aspects to the Dutch immersion program, gave very detailed insights regarding the elementary school my son will be attending, and also provided me with options for my young daughter for daycare and preschool.

    Cyndee USA
  • Annebet helped me navigate through the enrollment process & I am ever so grateful for her knowledge & patience. I confidently turned in my child's enrollment form for the lottery & I haven't given it a second thought since. I highly recommend this service.Thank you Annebet.

    Emily USA
  • Annebet was very insightful and gave us options for schools we had not even considered. I truly value her knowledge and insight!

    Anne USA
  • Great advice into the school systems. Annebet has heaps of knowledge and knew all about every school we asked about as well as good explanations of the processes - with emailed follow up documents. Highly recommend

    Karen UK
  • Thrilled to have Annebet on my side! She offers brilliant advice & guidance in an open and friendly manner. It's wonderful to deal with someone who truly understands the point of view of the parent. I highly recommend her services.

    Eamonn Ireland
  • In 2015, our Economy Department from the Municipality of Leiden had an excellent collaboration with Annebet from New2nl. She updated the website texts about education in Leiden for us and for the Expat Centre Leiden, improving them and making them more user-friendly for (newly arrived) expats in our city. She also developed some digital texts related to education, such as a summary of the Dutch education system, a glossary and a checklist for expats about education. Finally, she gave a seminar to our target group about education in the Netherlands, specifically the Leiden region. We are very satisfied with the entire process as it yielded strong texts and information for our international residents, local schools and for the Expat Centre and the Municipality of Leiden ourselves.Municipality of Leiden

    Bas van Meggelen Senior Policy Advisor at the Economy Department of the Municipality of Leiden
  • Annebet has delivered high-quality information sessions on the Dutch education system for Shell staff in Amsterdam. This has been valuable for our expat staff who want to learn more about how to successfully navigate the system and what the options are for their children. When it comes to such an important topic, it is essential that the information comes from a knowledgeable and trustworthy source; with Annebet I have always felt we are in safe hands and I’ve been proud to partner with her.   Shell_logo

    Silla Haili Focal Point, Outpost Amsterdam for Royal Dutch Shell
  • Annebet was invaluable in finding a suitable school placement for my son. We came to the game a little late, and I was scrambling to get him enrolled in a school before his fifth birthday. I'm so appreciative, and relieved, that it worked out, and I'm sure he'll thrive in his new school. Annebet's knowledge of the local schools and their employees was hugely helpful. I also appreciate how quickly and thoroughly she responded to my questions and emails. She made a daunting task much easier.

    Sara Holovaty USA
  • I cannot say enough good things about Annebet! After trying for months to secure places for my children at International and Dutch schools--and with only a few months remaining before we arrived in Amsterdam--I had the good fortune of finding Annebet's web site. After a few emails and brief phone call she was able to identify two options for us, and secure places for both children at Bataviaschool, a new comer school in Amsterdam Oost. Three months later we cannot be happier with the situation. My children are rapidly becoming fluent in Dutch and both are enjoying school immensely! Annebet even helped me navigate the confusing process of enrolling my younger child in after school care. She is wonderful!

    Petra Levin USA
  • Annebet was God-sent to us. I was lost and did not know what to do. Annebet held my hand with the utmost kindness and understanding walking me through all the hurdles. Paving the path for us as we figured out what was best for our 6year old & 3year old. Annebet understand how lost international families can feel in NL. She will open your eyes and smooth out the rocky start like no one ever will. I highly recommend using her. She is worth every penny.

    Halima Kenya
  • Annebet was able to point us to the right direction and help us understand which concrete steps we need to take in order to chose the best education for our daughter. I highly recommend working with her. We are very grateful for her services!

    Maite Argentina
  • Dear Annebet We want to thank you for your excellent service regard choosing the best school that suit our needs! Your pleasant personality ,Your kindness, availability and your true professionalism. You were attentive to our needs fully, you have advise us with great sensitivity and you have selected us excellent alternatives! You have accompanied us and were available for our every need. It was a great pleasure to meet such a professional and personal service. We are very happy that we came to you, and that we got a wise decision to consult you! We are so grateful to you and recommend your service with all our heart ! you're great!! Thank you

    Ronit Bisson Israel