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In 2010, a survey revealed that the Netherlands has the highest percentage of volunteers in the world. More than one in five people work as volunteer; a number which has been growing during the past decade. Volunteers spend an average of five hours a week on unpaid activities.
Volunteering in the Netherlands
For general information on volunteering in Netherlands, you can contact the national Dutch volunteer office on its hotline, (0900 899 8600, €0.20 per min.) and check the daily papers for ads regarding volunteering opportunities.
ACCESS: Of course, volunteering for ACCESS means supporting the international community in the Netherlands and is a rewarding way of using your existing skills and adding to your experience during your stay in the country.
Amnesty International: focuses on humanity and human rights.
Children's International Summer Villages: become active in the Junior Branch. It arranges JB-weekends and helps organise summer and winter camps.
Idealist: for volunteer openings both in the Netherlands and worldwide.
Expatriate Archive Centre: an organisation which archives expat experiences.
Friends of the Earth: a national organisation dedicated to environmental issues.
Humanitas: This organisation has a large variety of positions for volunteers, which are supported by around 300 paid staff. Humanitas has nearly 600 projects and activities in five different areas: parents and children, community, loneliness and isolation, active aging, and grief and loss.
Markt: offers a list of volunteer opportunities from various organisations across the Netherlands.
Nederland Cares: a national organisation specialising in flexible voluntary work, with English speaking opportunities mostly based around Amsterdam.
Go Abroad, Netherlands section: a directory for volunteer positions in the Netherlands
Volunteer in The Hague: Volunteer The Hague matches your talents and skills with the needs of local non-profit organisations.