Intercultural learning

Expectations you didn’t know you even had, culture shocks and the honeymoon of living and working somewhere new – we collected information to help you navigate your life and work across borders.

  • If you are “native” to the Belgian, German or Dutch part of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, find some hints on how to find your way across the (nearby) border.
  • If you are not (yet) native to the Euregio Meuse-Rhine – relax! Everybody struggles inter-culturally sometimes, and particularly in this mosaic of borders.
  • Language learning is a shared challenge, but, as Goethe put it, “how many languages you speak so many persons you are.”

Characteristics along Meuse & Rhine:

Nordrhein Westfalen Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Provinz Lüttich Provinz Limburg (BE) Provinz Limburg (NL) DE BE NL

False friends among good neighbours

A mosaic of cultures

„Tree of Wishes“ / Wunschbaum by aachenstricktschoen.com - Fischmarkt in Aachen

Understanding Germany

Click here to take this free minicourse and understand German working culture better. The course eludes differences compared to the Netherlands, we made an effort to make it accessible and comprehensible also for English-speakers.

Understanding the Netherlands

Click here to take this free minicourse and understand Dutch working culture better. The course eludes differences compared to Germany, we made an effort to make it accessible and comprehensible also for English-speakers. Take one piece every day or scan through the modules for what is relevant.

Guide to be a "happy expat"

There is no real guide to be happy across borders, but you can find information on “howtogermany” or on how to be in Belgium and the Netherlands. It is, yet, hard to find an overview on how to live in a euregio that is so diverse in itself. The quick guide below invites for some self-discovery that will reveal tools and attitudes helpful for living and working pretty much everywhere:

Also worth reading:

Learning³

Take the deep dive and explore as much as you can, come out of your comfort zone, and find new normality and comfort.

In the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, you can learn and explore in three countries and five distinct regions. Find your own way, and always be invited under the common umbrella of living in a place where crossing national borders is normality.

We are currently working on intercultural modules across the whole Euregio – be invited to join the challenge or share your experiences via info@youRegion-emr.eu

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