What we're about

This meetup is intended for expats to meet and interact socially with fellow expats living in the vicinity around Rotterdam. Expats looking for relaxation, conversation, to share experiences and ideas for surviving and thriving in Rotterdam and The Netherlands. Internationally minded Dutch people, particularly those who have been expats themselves, are welcome to join in.

Our intention is not to exclude local Dutch people. Dutch society is very open and tolerant. However, this group's primary aim is to facilitating social interaction between those going through the process of cultural confrontation; to share their expat experiences. Many expats go through cultural confrontation as a combination of amazement and shock. Feelings of isolation can be commonplace. Simple things that locals take for granted amaze expats. Those without the experience of living abroad for an extended period of time, have difficulty understanding the expats lifestyle.

Not to be discourteous to those who have welcomed us to their city, locals are welcome up to the point that the group's goal is maintained.


1. Everyone is a host
Be empathetic and welcoming to new members. If someone is hesitant or standing alone, invite them into your conversation. Remember we were all new here at some point. Make at least 3 new acquaintances at each event.

2. Keep it social
Do not come for non-social purposes (such as promotion or selling products or services, market research, recruitment, etc). This is disrespectful and rude. Expats come to these meetups for relaxation and social interaction, not a sales pitch. Those perceived to be violating the intent of an event in this way will be asked to stop. If they persist they will be asked to leave and to not return.

3. Have fun!!

Upcoming events (3)

Meditation and (Pranayama) Breathing

Sporthal Snelleman


If you are reading this you probably already know how to breath. However, practice makes perfect. According to my google search meditation and breathing may help: Reduce Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. ... Control Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety. ... Promote Emotional Health. ... Enhance Self-Awareness. ... Lengthen Attention Span. ... Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss. ... Can Generate Kindness. ... Help Fight Addictions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvJLmVYVvVM Neeru has volunteerd to guide us in a weekly practice of meditation and Pranayam (Breathing exercise) once per week on Wednesdays at 7pm. Meditation is a practice of cultivating awareness of our habitual thought patterns, and pranayama is a practice of refining breathing ability and awareness of prana flow. When? Wednesdays, 18:50-19:45 Where? Snelleman gym, Woelwijkstraat 39 How to get there? 5 minute walk from Zaagmolenbrug tram stop Cost? €3 What to wear? clothing that is both comfortable and made from breathable fabric (like cotton, bamboo or jersey).

Friday Latin dance night -beginners welcome

Cafe Prachtig

Want to give Salsa a try? or perhaps Bachata? Join us for an Friday evening of socializing and dancing with other expats on the warfside of the Maas river by Cafe Prachtig. Beginners can learn the basics from our expat hosts Javi and Jay. We will play a mix of salsa and bachata songs, classics and oldies to set the tone for the evening. Schedule -Music starts at 7:00 -Beginning Bachata worshop 7:45-8:15 -Beginning Salsa workshop 8:30-9:00 -Dancing for all till 10:00 When? Friday, June 21st, anytime after 19:00 until ?? Where? at Café Prachtig (on the Maas river under the Erasmus bridge north end) How to get there? 3 minute walk from Leuvenhaven metro station Cost? No admission or membership fees, pay as you go for own food and drinks Whether you have attended one of our informal drinks before or it will be your first time, be sure the atmosphere will be friendly and relaxed. We'll be there to meet you starting at 19:00. Expats Lounge Rotterdam

Suggestions for Dancing
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For people who want to get together to dance in and around Rotterdam, or who want to recommend dance events. THIS MEETUP IS FOR EXPATS AND INTERNATIONALS, NOT FOR DANCE PROMOTERS.

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Cafe Prachtig

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