Every year Kickstart School is delighted to support Stichting Livada, which is doing an incredible job in helping orphans in Romania. Kickstart makes an active contribution by fundraising at its annual end-of-year party. Kickstart doubles the amount collected from our staff, teachers, students, and partners during the event.
Livada helps orphans in Romania to lay the foundation for a better future for themselves and improve their surroundings. Your support allows Livada to help these children, whose parents are not able to raise them.
In 2008 Rudolf Philipse, Annejet Paalman and Julie Wouterson-Dahmen started the Livada Foundation. They are all very committed to the fate of these vulnerable children and to help them wherever possible. They make a huge positive impact on the daily lives and futures of these orphans.
Livada works with a very dedicated team of local people in Romania and an American team that assists in coordination. The volunteers of Livada work on a voluntary basis and receive no financial compensation.
If you would like to donate to the foundation, please click here.
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.
Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell
Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.
Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement
I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.
Beatriz Pedroche, Spain
Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. 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. 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 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 friendly style.
Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand
My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.
Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania
During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!
Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Expect the unexpected The 16th of June 2017 was an important date for me, not just because I had a plane to catch to Amsterdam from Kuala Lumpur, but it is also the date when I moved to the Netherlands for good. Unfriendly country? I had mixed expectations before I moved here. I still […]
From January 2018, Kickstart will offer Intensive English Courses to help people improve their language skills in a short period of time. These Intensive English Courses are offered at two levels: Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate. The 87.5 hours of tuition for each course is divided into 25 lessons of 3.5 hours, spread across five weeks from Monday to Friday...