About

Our aim

To show the beauty of the Netherlands
Through interaction with the people
Who are the heart of its creation

Why use A Dutch Experience?

Too much choice and not enough time? We know that feeling. That’s why we’ve done the work for you, searching the Netherlands for those ‘pearls’ which are so hard to find and so worth it when you do.

A Dutch Experience carefully selects their hosts for quality and safety. Hosts need to be passionate, personable and trustworthy. Every host commits to delivering a high-quality experience to every traveler.

Our passionate hosts always over perform as they do what they like best, sharing their knowledge and passion about the area they live in with the rest of the world. As experiences are often conducted in small groups there is time to ask all the questions you may have.

Highly selective

Great hosts

Value for money

Who are we?

Sjoukje Oostindie

Sjoukje Oostindie

Founder

After years of advising people on how to run their (online) businesses, Sjoukje Oostindie decided to try it out for herself. Armed with 20 years of management consultancy experience, an MBA from RSM Erasmus and being a Partner in an Innovation company, she decided to set up her own business in something she is really passionate about: people and travel.

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Sjoukje grew up in Holland and has traveled all around the world. She has an innate thirst for discovering the special and unusual. Returning to the Netherlands after every trip made her realize how unique the country is.

Janniene Brouwer

Janniene Brouwer

Art Director

Born in a small village in the south of the Netherlands, and with a master degree in fashion, design & strategy, Janniene has worked for various organizations and clients in the fashion industry. With her love for design, interiors, architecture and photography, Janniene possesses an excellent aesthetic sense of style and an eye for detail which she uses to compose the experiences.

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She has a special interest in arts and craftsmanship and has a never-ending desire to explore and seek out treasures which inspire or give new insights. Her eyes are never satisfied. She draws inspiration from daily Dutch life, reading, movies, modern ballet and the internet. Her Dutch favorites are the four seasons and the moody skies.

Elles Bijlsma

Elles Bijlsma

Marketing & Sales

Elles’ life motto is: ‘do the things that make you happy’. And if that also means developing, promoting and selling experiences which make people happy, Elles is in her element. Every day is different, every day brings something new. Her commercial and marketing skills are fully manifested. Her experience in Business to Business environments also ensures her connection with the (international) business world.

Jason Jeffers

Jason Jeffers

Web Developer

Originally from Los Angeles, Jason has been an art director, chef, artist and finally web developer. After graduating with degrees in philosophy and mathematics he moved to Holland in 1993. For nearly 25 years he has been hand coding websites; the last 8 years focusing exclusively on WordPress. With an artist’s eye and mathematical precision he develops engaging and user-friendly sites.

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He does not consider himself a “true” programmer in the sense that websites should not be created for programmers by programmers. Creation and consumption of content should be easy and straightforward for both the site owner as well as for the user.

Señor Social

The Pool

Social Media Specialist

Ever wondered how you became familiar with A Dutch Experience? There’s a great chance that’s because you saw one of our beautiful advertisements somewhere on social media. These ads are made by online marketing agency The Pool, based in Amsterdam.
Youngsters who exactly know how to make the internet a little more beautiful and make businesses like A Dutch Experience well known amongst the right audiences.

Rachel Wu

Rachel Wu

China Expert

Having grown up in China with everything she ever needed, Rachel decided to take a big step and set off on her own journey. She came to study in the Netherlands. Fortunately, she made the right decision. Why? The Netherlands is an amazing country in which to live, study and of course, travel. In the future, Rachel would like to introduce Dutch culture and spread awareness among people elsewhere in the world.

Annalena Wilder

Annalena Wilder

Media and Marketing Associate

Though raised on the east coast of the USA (Crozet, anyone?), Annalena grew up with a Dutch appreciation of quality cheese and an obsession with salty licorice as her mom hails from South Holland! Feeling it was time to explore her roots as well as get her hands on some fresh stroopwafels, Annalena hopped on a plane to the Netherlands where she now lives and adores life as a Dutchie. With a bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Tech, Annalena handles social media, copywriting, design and more for A Dutch Experience. Living out life in the Netherlands as well as promoting it? It’s the best of both worlds.

Matthijs Elias

Matthijs Elias

Market Research Intern

An enthusiastic teenager in his gap-year, Matthijs is staying busy as the Market Research Intern for A Dutch Experience. Having studied abroad in Australia, Matthijs is now excited to be back in the Netherlands, working for and promoting A Dutch Experience. Next year, he is off again to study International Business in Utrecht. When Matthijs isn’t delving into market research, you can find him at the Fit for Free or gorging on bitterballen.

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