“My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien’s support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her. I am taking a break currently to go on maternity leave but will connect with her again on my return to continue the journey.”
- Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell
I have been in the Netherlands for about six months and arrived not knowing any of the Dutch language or much about Dutch culture. Kickstart School has been the ideal place for me to learn. It is easy to get to with a tram stop outside. Importantly, the teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations with neighbors, shopping, in restaurants or cafes, travel on the trains and with services such as the doctor or utility companies. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers at Kickstart were genuinely pleased to teach me. They took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient fun and and friendly style. I have no hesitation in recommending Kickstart School for learning "Nederlandse taal!"
- Graeme Ting, Dentist from New Zealand
Kickstart in the Press
Kickstart in het nieuws
Some student quotes
"The sizes of the classes were great"
"An excellent learning environment"
"I’ve learned a lot!"
"Flexible teaching and teachers, in case of missing lessons due to work and trips"
"The beginners Dutch course offers good “survival” Dutch , covering a good range of situations"
"It gives an excellent introduction to start a conversation and understand most practical things in Dutch."
"I felt really good in the course, and enjoyed the time!"
"Very good mix of students, makes the classes more interesting."
"A really good introduction to the Dutch language"
"The course is designed in a very interactive manner – keeps you involved all the time."
"The groups are small and personal"
"The instructors are patient and knowledgeable"
"Material covered is very pragmatic and useful"
"Plenty of information and work but well worth the blocking of a few weeks to do a course."
"A good introduction to the Dutch Language and makes it easier to a have a quick start to life in the Netherlands."
"Covers the necessary ground with friendly atmosphere and good facilities."
"You can practice both understanding and speaking skills in a very nice environment where to study."
"Found the lessons very interesting"
"The instructors were very helpful"
"Sharing with other students"
"Good value for your money"
"A clear well stitched course with friendly and patient teachers."
"Easy location and good facilities."
"The times and location are very convenient"
"The time frame of the course is very good."
"Class materials serve as great references after the end of classes; with things that you can apply to daily life."
"A warm atmosphere"
"Gives a realistic amount of homework, ideal for busy professionals."
"It is dynamic and condensed"
"Location is great and reasonable prices"
"Good mix of speaking, reading and listening skills"
"Very interesting multicultural group"
"Great preparation for the NT2 exam, all the course material is very relevant."
"The atmosphere is relaxed, and you feel free to ask questions."
"An easy and fun way to learn."
"Good atmosphere in the classroom"
"Each lesson was valuable in exposing us to the Dutch life and language."
"Comfortable and very nice classrooms, excellent course material, good environment."
"Great atmosphere to learn."
"The staff is very helpful and understanding, always willing to be of assistance."
"Efficient and fun!"
"I saw results very quickly"
"The teachers are very helpful and discerning, it is easier to learn from someone who is personable."
"Worked pretty well for me!"
"Classes were always interesting, funny and all taught in a very friendly way"
"Small classes and a very nice atmosphere."