ACCESS NL > Volunteering
As many of our former, past volunteers will attest to – contributing one’s time & skills to ACCESS can be extremely rewarding. In many ways. In fact, volunteering as a way of settling into a new country is recommended for those who miss using their skills, are looking to meet new friends and expand their network, and would like a reason to get out and be productive. As our Executive Director has said in the past, “the value of having something of your own, unrelated to ‘house, spouse, children’ is in and of itself an empowering feeling.” There are many volunteering opportunities for internationals in the Netherlands – for which little or no Dutch is required. You can read more about this under our Dual Careers pages. Here, some information about volunteering with ACCESS.
The process of becoming an ACCESS volunteer starts with our Information mornings. The ACCESS Information Morning consists of two parts: an informative presentation on ACCESS, its organisational structure and our volunteers, followed by individual interviews where skills and expectations can be discussed. Here, candidates will learn about us, what we do, how we do it and why we do it. It is an opportunity for you to get to know us, and us in turn to get to know you. Following the information session each applicant will have a short interview session. The information morning lasts a whole morning, but we strive to let everyone know, by the end of the day, if they have been selected. Following this, there are two training sessions in our back-office where we introduce candidates to our systems, and processes, and have more time to answer questions. A third, hands-on training takes place with a buddy on our helpdesk in our back-offices in The Hague. Following a month, if there are opportunities within the organisation candidates are free to apply to them. Besides the work from our back-office in The Hague, we also recruit and train for our teams at the expat centres of The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden with which we have a partnership arrangement. All roles and positions within ACCESS are subject to availability and opportunity.
Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless! Sherry Anderson
ACCESS relies on its English-speaking international and Dutch volunteers who enjoy helping others adjust to life in the Netherlands. We have approximately 140 volunteers from more than 40 different nationalities, who contribute their time, talents, effort and skills in order to help others.