Part Three, one more to go… Don´t hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org ;)
As always, comment section for add-ons and answers is below.
A good question on the application workshop:
1. What should I prepare for the application workshop? Be yourself is just a short answer isn´t it? (Gowoon Lim)
I also had difficulties to believe that being myself would be enough. But I have done the application workshop and after a while (and some conversations with Tribe 4 people) I also understood the concept. Be yourself is the only answer we can give to you. Because we don´t want to see the best prepared, most brilliant version of yourself – that we will see anyway in the months to come – but we are much rather interested in how you approach things that surprise you. How you will deal with not being prepared and how you will improvise in a group and work together with people you just got to know. It can be daunting, but don´t worry. We have all been there…
what to bring:
2. Shall I bring rain boots or not?
Good one, straight into the heart of the dutch cliché ;) Bring a rain cape. If it rains heavily and you have to cycle to the Headquarter, you will probably be thankful for the cape… But it won´t happen that often.
On learning dutch:
3. Have you learned dutch yet? (Marius)
No, I haven´t. Not a word, actually. I am one of those persons who are still very happy when people take me for a dutchie in the supermarket when I have not yet said a word. And then I ruin it by saying “Thank you!”. But I want that to change and will do a course next month.
We always say that at Knowmads you really learn a lot – but no dutch. We are speaking english all day… And I moved in with germans in the beginning, so no dutch at home neither. But now I am going to live with dutch people, I hope I will learn more!
4. Where is the best place to do that? (Anna)
I am going to do a two-week course at the Goethe-Institut, for sure the best address if you native language is german.
Otherwise you can always get a tutor – and there are many people in Amsterdam who offer to teach dutch in exchange of being taught another language. There also is Rosetta Stone, a learning program that is quite useful if you can get it.
on the contract you will sign:
5. Can you provide some more details on the contact we have to sign? (Nuno)
There are two contracts, one for being a student at Knowmads and one to become a member of the Knowmads Cooperatief.
The first one is obligatory – you basically agree that you are a student at Knowmads and will pay the tuition fee.
The second contract is optional, you become a member of the Knowmads Cooperatief so you can get paid easily for an assignment. If you are not in the Knowmads Cooperatief, you have to register at the Chamber of Commerce as a freelancer.
In neither contract you can be held responsible for anything Knowmads B.V. does or does not.-
On financial stuff:
6. When I am accepted, the payment of the tuition fee can be phased, can´t it? In how many phases? (Nuno)
Normally you either have to pay the full amount until the program starts, or pay half until the program starts and the rest five months later. If somebody really has trouble with that there is always the possibility of asking for more options.
7. How do you pay for your year at Knowmads/in Amsterdam? (Lasse)
There are different possibilities. You can apply for scholarships (most of them require a bachelor degree), and you can get up to 400 € / month if I am well informed (UPDATE: Only works in some countries and on particular conditions, you are going to hear more about it at the application workshop). I earned money before coming here to help support my Knowmads year.
Some of our students crowd-funded the money the needed for the tuition fee, which is possible but there is not guarantee that it will work out (fast).