Allemaal goed en wel, maar hoe zorg je ervoor dat een expat zich thuis voelt en dus niet vertrekt? Daar hangen veel elementen aan vast! Die lijst is eindeloos! Of toch niet?
U wilt toch ook weten in welk land u woont? Natuurlijk vindt u het belangrijk om met de locals te kunnen spreken in hun eigen taal, over de onderwerpen waar zij het meest mee bezig zijn! Wel… UW MEDEWERKERS OOK!
Well, despite initial doubts, my first courses were a great reconnection with my own Belgian past and I even picked up many new things and historical nuances. I hoped to find exactly that type of valuable knowledge, both for professional use (as guide) as well as personal purposes. I think it says a lot that I then signed up for more later on.
All in all, if it can do that as a local, it definitely is a super valuable must-do for any expats wanting to feel more comfortable or maybe even at home in Belgium. I say, go for it!
In 2016, a Facebook post on a course taught by the Belgium Academy of Culture and History captured my attention. I thought it was what I was looking for since I came here. My expectations for the course were more than surpassed, thanks to the complete mastery of the subjects by the teachers, especially Mirella, as well as the way the course is structured, devoting a session to each theme: history, religion, economy, and politics.
I felt like each session flew by and it was always very pleasant, both due to the interesting explanations and the possibilities for interactivity which allowed all participants to always get their questions answered.
The course has made a difference for me.
Now, when I hear political or historical conversations around, I no longer feel like a foreigner who just arrived, I can participate and, curiously, on many occasions I get the impression I know more about Belgian history than locals.
I am glad I took the course and highly recommend it.