Volunteers are put in the spotlight during NLdoet

Today and tomorrow it is time for NLdoet in the Netherlands. On 10 and 11 March, over a 100.000 volunteers do chores at various locations and organizations throughout the country.

NLdoet is the largest volunteer initiative in the Netherlands. It is organized every year by the Oranje Fonds (Orange Fund). Thousands of other organizations also take part.

NLdoet puts the volunteers in the spotlight and stimulates everyone to roll up their sleeves and take part. Volunteers are the beating heart of many social initiatives. With NLdoet, the Orange Fund wants to show just how important active civilians are in society.

NLdoet also contributes to the good image of volunteer work. Don’t forget that volunteer work can really be a lot of fun. In the 2016 edition, there were 350.000 Dutch citizens actively doing more than 9.200 chores, a record number. This year they are hoping for even more participants.

The Dutch Royal family also takes part

During NLdoet the royal family is usually there to help do chores by clubs or institutions. Last year the king got his mother, Princess Beatrix, to do some painting work at a horse club. His brother Constantijn pruned some trees.

Tips!

How can I find work as a volunteer?

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.