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Hi :)

Hi everyone!! I’m Nicolien and I’m from the Netherlands. I’m so excited to be going to Guatemala with all of you for the first part of my gap year, and I’ll be going to the University of Amsterdam next year.

I love visiting new countries and learning new languages. I know absolutely no Spanish so I’m really excited to be learning a new language on the trip! Even though I was born and raised in the Netherlands, I also lived in Germany for around 8 years so besides Dutch and English I also speak German.

I enjoy playing sports like soccer, tennis and field hockey. I also love doing volunteer work- I volunteer with Syrian refugees, worked with WWF and set up a club at my high school to provide surgery for children in underdeveloped countries born with cleft lips for example. I love doing such things as they allow me to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I also like to watch Netflix, meet up with friends and hangout with my dog 🙂

I can’t wait to meet everyone and start our adventure in Guatemala!!