Umm I am Ameriican too and when you say you 'plan to find work as much as possible' you should really understand the 'system' here.
Since your husband is a KM worker, he can sponsor you for a Residence permit which also doubles as a Working Permit. This allows you to work in this country.
However, what a lot of wives/husbands that move here with their KM partners did not understand is that unless you speak fluent Dutch .. you will definitely have a hard time finding work.
Everyone (especially us Americans ) have an optismistic view of this challenge and discount the importance of this feature so they push on anyway. I cannot tell you how many woman I know that used to be career women or at least always had a full time job and their own money ... but are now sitting home watching the children and keeping the house nice.
This is because they failed to take this into account or did not perform any research on the Dutch job market. Most jobs will require fluent Dutch unless you get real lucky. These days in paricular there is a recession so things are really tight and just like they want to hire Americans first in America .. they want to hire Dutch first in this country,
I do know a few women that had skills that were transferrable to other fields and were able to gain a job with an International English speaking company. But this is not easy and this is not common so you cannot count on this.
Take note .. most Diutch women to not have 'serious' careers as we have in The States. They may work 2 or even 3 whole days a week at most ...the rest of them stay home and keep house. I read an online article recently that only 10% of Dutch women work full time.
Just pitiful IMO but they seem to be fine with it. Indeed I think this IS fine for women that want this lifestyle but for MANY American women that are used to having a family AND working etc ... this is truely devastating. I know 1 Doctor and 1 Lawyer that have not practiced in over 10 years!
If you want you can send me a FRIEND request and when I accept you can send me a PM and I will explain the whole dag gone thing to you.
Bottom line - there are a zillion English speaking only women here unable to work because they can't find an English only job and their Dutch is not strong enough to gain a regular job.
I have a friend that moved here 11 years ago, attended Dutch lessons for 2 - 3 years, had a baby, went to School and got her degree - but she now cannot get a job. Why?
They all tell her that her Dutch is not strong enough.
I have many stories I can share with you in fact. It is quite a problem. I think if you can manage to find some sort of online work in advance that you can initate in The States and do here in The NL - that would be a good choice for you.
Sorry, if I have deflated you on this count ... but nobody warns new wives about this .. until it is too late.
This is just a word to the wise.
I agree to stay in hilversum rather than Amsterdam,because you are having kids and the accommodation is easily available there,schools are too good and reputed there.I could say,it is one of the most finest cities for staying.
Hi, need some advice where to stay. we have just arrived in amsterdam with 2 young kids 4 and 6. Was planning to stay in hilversum before arrival as we got places in the international school. Found the town quiet and seem lackingin international social groups. Reconsidering buitenveldert amsterdam instead? Hubby works in amsterdam. Any urgent opinions or recommendation for other areas not too expensive and international? Also, should we buy or rent if staying for 2-3 years. Thank you