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, if you like).

Volunteer Centre Amsterdam can help you find volunteerwork 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.

  • Amsterdam City Centre – Gelderskade 101, 1011 EM:
    Tuesday from 9 a.m. til 11 a.m.
    Wednesday – Friday from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m.
    Call 020-5301220 or make an appointment via this website
  • Amsterdam North – Hagendoornplein 1b 1031 BV:
    By mutual agreement – Contact Clotilde Caillault 
  • Amsterdam Nieuw West – AZC Willinklaan 3 1067 SL
    Wednesday from 10 a.m. til 12 a.m. – Contact Nettie Sterrenburg.
  • Amsterdam Nieuw West – Startblok Riekerhaven, Overschiestraat 192, 1062 XK
    Wednesday 2 
    p.m. til 5 p.m. – Contact Nettie Sterrenburg

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).