“If you have a positive attitude, you will get there!”
Last Saturday four Syrians and one Bangladeshi went with The Integration Caravan to the Loosduinse Hoofdplein to start conversations with people passing by about everyday things. While enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, things were discussed such as “What tips do you have about the Dutch culture?” And “what brings you to this square?”.
There were beautiful talks about how important it is to speak the Dutch language. But as a lady said: “It is certainly not easy because Dutch is difficult to learn”. People who were passing by and joined the conversation stated that Dutch citizens are quite open to refugees, but that the first step of contact sometimes must come from the ‘other side’. “Sometimes Dutch are a little bit hesitant but once they know you they are very friendly.”
All in all it was a very successful afternoon and we are very motivated to take this further. Check our calendar to see where we’re going next time!