ACCESS NL > Volunteering
While the ACCESS main office is located in The Hague, our organization has helpdesks at Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, and Amstelveen. Often we have volunteering openings at these locations and we always take into account the most suitable location for you to volunteer based on the address you provide in your CV.
The process of becoming an ACCESS volunteer starts with our Information Sessions. The ACCESS Information Session 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. The Information Session meeting is done online (via Zoom). Following this, there are three training sessions, the first one is done online and the second one takes place in our back-office in The Hague, where we introduce candidates to our systems, and processes, and have more time to answer questions. A third, hands-on training takes place on the ACCESS helpdesk that you applied for (The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden or Amstelveen). Following 2 months at our Helpdesk, 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, Leiden and Amstelveen 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.