Dutch volunteer projects

Do you want to do volunteer work and get to know more about the Netherlands? Take a look at our Dutch volunteer projects. The projects are spread across the Netherlands, you can choose from working in a refugee’s centre, in a second-hand shop or in a nature-protected area.

The Dutch volunteer projects explained

Our Dutch volunteer projects are conducted by a group of about 7 up to 20 volunteers, from various countries, within a social organisation. For the duration of 2 weeks (throughout July, August and September) the volunteers work and live together. During the work activities two trained Dutch project leaders mentor the group. In the spare time, the group can participate in activities and workshops to get to know each other and the Netherlands.


  • Do volunteering work in the Netherlands
  • Join a group of international volunteers
  • Help a Dutch social organisation for two weeks
  • We arrange accommodation, food and (in most projects) a bicycle for you

This is where the Dutch volunteer projects take place

Emmaus Haarzuilens

Projectcode: SIW - 2003
Dates: 16 until 30 August 2020
Type of work: Festival, Social
Location: Utrecht, province Utrecht

Theme 2020: ' Connect with Sustainable Development Goals'


Just as in previous years the participants will carry out activities during the project focusing on a specific theme. In 2020 the theme is: ‘Connect with the local community!’. This theme is inspired on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 194 member states expressed their dedication to work on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) for 2030. These include no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality and climate action.

During the 2020 international volunteering projects, SIW wants to encourage a discussion between the participants and with the local community. Participants are invited to find a creative way, such as a play/performance, song, poetry or art out of recycling materials, to promote the targets that are part of the chosen SDG. They will interact with the local community on this SDG by inviting them to participate in their activity or to look at their creative product.


How to apply for the Dutch volunteer projects?

Apply as a participant

Would you like to join an international group of volunteers for two weeks, do valuable work and get to know the Netherlands? Apply for the Dutch volunteer projects as a participant. SIW organises the Dutch volunteer projects every summer. Do you live in the Netherlands? Then you can apply by sending us an email via info@siw.nl. If you do not live in the Netherlands, you can apply for SIW projects through our partner organisations. Please see the website of the Alliance for an overview of the partner organisations.

Join as project leader

Do you live in the Netherlands and would you like to challenge yourself as a project leader in the Dutch volunteer projects? That’s possible. As a project leader, together with a co-leader, you are responsible for a project, for the duration of 2-weeks. As part of your responsibilities you have to motivate the international volunteers, be the budget guardian, organise activities and mentor the group. Naturally, during the work activities you join the group. Is this music to your ears? Then apply using the application form below.

What do we expect from you?

• You are 18 years old or older
• You are enthusiastic and motivated
• You are autonomous but also work well in a group
• You are socially strong
• You have a feeling for leading and guiding groups
• You have an academic level
• Bonus: it would be nice if you understand a few words Dutch

The first day I was nervous, but that was not needed. My group of volunteers was great!

How does it work?

1. When can I go?

The Dutch volunteer projects take place in July, August or September and last for two weeks.

2a. Apply to be a participant

You can apply for the Dutch volunteer projects by sending an email to info@siw.nl.

2b. Apply to be a project leader

As project leader you will have the opportunity to develop and improve your skills in organisation and leadership. This will not only help with your personal development but also with your professional skills, which you can add to your cv. SIW makes sure you will be well-prepared for the project. Prior to the project you will participate on an extended training for project leaders. Also during the project there is a SIW mentor present, who you can talk to regarding questions or uncertainties. All your costs during the project are reimbursed, including travelling costs. Being a project leader will not cost you anything.Through the application form on the left bottom you can sign up to the project leader role. After an introductory meeting you find out which project you will supervise.

3. Training days

SIW organises an intensive training weekend for the project leaders. During the weekend you will learn all about project management and follow workshops given by SIW trainers. In the workshops you will dive into certain subjects, like: group dynamics, intercultural exchange, leadership and conflict management. But also: How to prepare food for a big group? How to manage the project budget? In addition, you will also have plenty of time to meet the other supervisors and volunteer workers from SIW.Participation in the training weekend is for free.

4. Start your adventure!

In the summer months you will start your adventure as a participant or leader in one of the Dutch volunteer projects. During the project you will make international friends, you get to know yourself better, have unforgettable experiences and get to know The Netherlands from a different point of view.

5. During your project

The activities last for 6 hours per day, 5 days a week. In the evenings and weekends you are free and able to participate in the leisure-time activities, workshops or do something on your own.

6. End of your project

In the last day of the project you are required to complete the evaluation form for participants or leaders. The project leader will also follow an evaluation meeting with the Dutch Projects team from SIW.

7. Share your experience

Are you back from your project? We are curious about your adventures. Your experience is a source of inspiration for new participants and/or project leaders! Share your stories, the photos & videos, info@siw.nl or Facebook.

Apply to the project leader role

The Dutch volunteer projects take place in the summer period. We are always looking for project leaders. Apply through the form below and indicate which project has your preference. Afterwards, you will receive an invitation for an in-take interview. During this interview we hope to understand your expectations and qualities.