Volunteering is a great way to help others and the local community, but there are also many benefits for volunteers!  

Here are a few reasons to volunteer:
 

  • Get involved in (and contribute to) your community 

  • Keep busy in your free time 

  • Improve your Dutch skills 

  • A great addition to your CV

  • Meet new people and expand your network 

  • Support a cause you believe in

  • Get to know your local area better

  • Develop new interests 

  • Update your skills, or learn new ones
 
Want to start volunteering? There are many different types of volunteer work, suitable for all types of skills and areas of interest. Check out the websites below for a range of opportunities. 

ACCESS – this organisation relies on English-speaking international and Dutch volunteers who enjoy helping others adjust to life in the Netherlands.
iDOE - mediates between (new) volunteers and organisations in Leiden, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest and Zoeterwoude.
Contrast Leiden - a social organisation which connects international and Dutch students. They also organise volunteering projects for their members.
LIBC - a brain and cognition research institute looking for volunteers to take part in research projects.
Meetup – a platform for social groups and clubs offering various meet-up activities for expats, sometimes including volunteering.
NL voor Elkaar  - a platform which matches volunteers with those who need help with everyday tasks, such as DIY jobs or bringing groceries to elderly people. The site is in Dutch, but you can place your offer to help in English (or any other language). 
Vrijplaats – a local organisation with various projects that offer possibilities for volunteering.

You could also consider volunteering for organisations you’re already involved in, such as your local sports club or your child’s school. 

If your Dutch is sufficient, it may be possible to volunteer for foodbanks, charity shops (kringloopwinkels), or at the LUMC.