Our Teachers

Our unique team is made up of native speakers and internationals who have lived in many countries and innately loves people, different cultures and languages.

Meet Barbara

Hello, I’m Barbara, and I have been a teacher of English language for over ten years.  I am a fully certified Cambridge English teacher and my lessons always provide high quality.  I come from Great Britain, but I have also lived and taught overseas in several different countries, including Italy, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.  I love to prepare my lessons to suit my individual students, so that you can get the most out of your classes, which I am sure that you will find useful.  It is also important to enjoy learning, and I know that you will have fun in our creative and interesting groups, meeting new people and talking English together! 

I teach students of all ages and levels, from complete beginner to near-native speakers.  I also teach children’s classes and I have been running kids activity and music groups to help with language learning for many years.  I recently started a series of videos for Au Pairs with ideas for kids activities, which I hope you will enjoy watching and that you will find some great ideas to share with your host family.  I am looking forward to meeting you soon in class!

Meet Kim

Hoi, ik ben Kim! Maybe you already know me from “Learn Dutch with Kim”, and if not, you can check out my YouTube channel and learn Dutch with me! The aim of my videos is to make learning Dutch easy and fun. I make “regular” grammar classes, videos about culture, Dutch peculiarities and vlogs. I also like to shoot videos outside of my daily life.

Aside from that, I am making online materials that you may use to self-study. These materials complement my videos. I have been a Dutch teacher for over 4 years now; I taught group classes, private classes, and conversational language classes. Before this, I have studied Dutch language and literature in Leiden, Amsterdam, and Berlin. After graduating, I started my Ph.D. in Dutch computational linguistics/literature. Besides that, I love to travel a lot, and my dream is to go to Latin America for some time.

Website: https://www.learndutchwithkim.com

Meet Manon

Manon was born in Ommen, a small city in the east of the Netherlands. She was always interested in discovering new places and cultures so she decided to take a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and is a certified teacher. She has travelled extensively for voluntary work, including the Philippines. In the last 3 years, Manon taught Dutch to different groups of adults with various backgrounds. Her goal in teaching is to make learning fun, creative and foster an environment where you will feel welcome and comfortable to practice the Dutch language.

Meet Elske

Teacher Elske was born and raised in the Netherlands. For the last 5 years, she travelled throughout Asia, worked as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh city, and cycled from Vietnam to India. Now she lives in a small and beautiful jungle village in India. She loves cycling, cats, playing guitar, drinking tea, writing stories, and teaching language!

Elske leads our monthly Dutch Connection sessions. She is looking forward to hearing about your life in the Netherlands, and in your home country, to teaching Dutch, and to having a lot of fun together! Join our monthly sessions to meet other au pairs, play language games, learn Dutch and get to know about Dutch culture! It’s all about Dutch!

Meet Helga Samuel

Helga has a Master’s in Communication and a second Master’s in International Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She has affinity for the German language since 1997 and is a native level German language expert. She has been lauded for her interactive and entertaining German lessons. She has a vast teaching experience and has taught German in India, Oman and The Netherlands to an audience of varying age groups and seniority levels. She is highly skilled and creative. Her classes are always fun and interactive. Helga has a passion for languages (she speaks 6 languages) and cross-culture work. She is also author of the book “Headwinds: A Personal Story to Spark Corporate Diversity Conversations”. In her free time, she likes to cook and bake.