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Volunteer work for refugees

Would you like to

  • Meet new people?
  • Practice your Dutch?
  • Develop your job skills?

You can do this as a volunteer!

As a volunteer you can do many things. For example with other volunteers you can cook a meal in a local restaurant, help in a kitchen garden, do technical jobs or coach a sports team. You can also volunteer once in a while with friends or family.

Volunteer Centre Amsterdam can help you find volunteer work where you can meet other people, improve your Dutch, or use your skills.

As a refugee, you are allowed to do voluntary work as soon as your asylum application is pending. From that moment you are an asylum seeker. You are not allowed to do voluntary work when your application has been refused and when you do not have a valid residence permit.

Our vacancy database
You can find different volunteer jobs in our vacancy database.

Consultation hours
We would also like to help you during our consultation hours. Then we will look together what the possibilties are and what you would like to do. We have several consultation hours all over the city. Call 020-5301220 and choose the time and place that suits you.

  • Buren Boulevard, Wenckebachweg 48: Wednesday from 9 a.m. til 1.00 p.m.
  • VCA, Gelderskade 101: Tuesday from 9 a.m. til 11 a.m., Wednesday – Friday from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m.
  • VCA, Hagedoornplein 1b: Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. til 12 a.m.
  • VCA, Jan Tooropstraat 6: Tuesday from 10 a.m. til 12 a.m.

You can also make an appointment via this website.

Practice your Dutch
If you want to speak better Dutch, you can find a ‘taalcoach’: a volunteer who will practice the Dutch language with you. Visit Taalcoachwijzer.nl (website is in Dutch).