Chantal Omloo has been the IES Abroad Centre Director for Amsterdam since 2007. Prior to taking up this post, Chantal managed Customised Programmes at the IES Abroad London Centre. Chantal earned an M.A. in History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht. As part of this degree, Chantal studied a semester at the University of Wales in Swansea. This experience led to a passion of studying abroad and she obtained a MSc in Development Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
History remains a big passion and where possible Chantal will instill bits and pieces of Dutch history in the students studying in Amsterdam.
Chantal lives just outside of Amsterdam where she enjoys the beautiful countryside with her family. Her 3 sons (1 year, 3 years and 6 years) keep her busy!
Read below to find out a bit more about Chantal:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
I have studied and lived in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?
The South West of the UK remains a strong favourite for the following reasons: gorgeous and sometimes dramatic scenery, lots of history, scrumptious scones, child friendly and agreeable weather (this one you don't often hear in one sentence).
What is the one item you can't travel without?
My now old fashioned iPod so I can listen to my beloved BBC History Extra podcasts. This is especially handy when jetlagged as it puts me right back to sleep (it will take several attempts to finish one episode).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
If I'm not running after my boys, I like to read and cook.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be open-minded and always take a stab at new things.
Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.
I have an eclectic taste in all types of media - I keep up with the quality newspapers outlet but will also dabble in media such as the Daily Mail - officially to make sure you get to read all perpectives but it's really about keeping abreast of the gossip pages (and I at least can keep up with our students).
This a picture from our recent holiday to the South West of the UK and I'm enjoying a wee boatride with my boys.