Habib from New to the Netherlands spoke with Iraqi architect Ayoub Choban. He is a volunteer at Miniworld in Rotterdam. In the largest covered miniature world in the Benelux he now makes models as a volunteer.
How can I find volunteer work?
There are different ways to find volunteer work. You can Google the word 'vrijwilligerswerk' and then your 'woonplaats'. Not having any luck? Don't give up right away, because doing volunteer work makes your life in the Netherlands easier. You meet a lot of new people and you can really improve on your Dutch. Your neighbors will no doubt help you in finding the right website. You can also visit the site vrijwilligersvacaturebank. On this page you can sign up for what kind of volunteer work you are looking for and in what city or location you would like to do this. Good luck!
Can I become a volunteer as a newcomer?
Yes! Newcomers with a residency permit can start as a volunteer immediately. If you do not yet have a residency permit, then you must request a volunteer's declaration from the organization where you want to volunteer. He or she can request that here.
What requirements must volunteer's work meet?
The work is usually unpaid, the organization is usually a non-profit one; the work is good for society. For example, working in a neighborhood center or taking a walk with the elderly.