ACCESS has been in partnership with Expat Centre Leiden since November 2016. Their knowledgeable team of volunteers greet new arrivals during Expat Centre Leiden's BSN appointments and are also available via email, video call or at the helpdesk to answer questions on every aspect of being an international in the Netherlands. 

Have a question? Check the latest opening hours and contact information for the ACCESS/ECL helpdesk here.

About ACCESS

A not-for -profit organisation with a 30-year legacy, ACCESS is run by volunteers with previously acquired expatriate experience (in the Netherlands or elsewhere), giving them the opportunity to help others, and serve the international community. Deborah Valentine, Executive Director of ACCESS comments 'We know from experience that speaking to someone who has been in your shoes, transforms that which may seem insurmountable into the manageable, firmly planting the first steps to settling-in'. 

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ACCESS has been in partnership with Expat Centre Leiden since November 2016. Their knowledgeable team of volunteers greet new arrivals during Expat Centre Leiden's BSN appointments and are also available via email, video call or at the helpdesk to answer questions on every aspect of being an international in the Netherlands. 

Have a question? Check the latest opening hours and contact information for the ACCESS/ECL helpdesk here.

About ACCESS

A not-for -profit organisation with a 30-year legacy, ACCESS is run by volunteers with previously acquired expatriate experience (in the Netherlands or elsewhere), giving them the opportunity to help others, and serve the international community. Deborah Valentine, Executive Director of ACCESS comments 'We know from experience that speaking to someone who has been in your shoes, transforms that which may seem insurmountable into the manageable, firmly planting the first steps to settling-in'. 

Expats helping expats

The ACCESS Helpdesk model is a tried and tested way of enlisting knowledgeable expats to help and assist recent arrivals. The experience of those who arrived before is invaluable in navigating the often complicated waters of a new home. After all, when someone is new to a place they do not know what they do not know, who better to help guide them than those who have travelled the same path. Being able to do so in person and face to face, enhances the impact and the hospitality extended to new residents of the Leiden area.

Volunteering for ACCESS

It is not simply the services ACCESS offers to the community at large which makes ACCESS unique, but importantly ACCESS provides internationals the opportunity to volunteer and thus contribute to their own settlement process. Contributing their time and expertise to ACCESS and the international community, the volunteers are able to broaden their personal network, make valuable use of their time, and create a supportive community for themselves. “ACCESS is now able to offer these benefits to internationals in the Leiden area, which makes us immensely proud of our collective achievements”, according to Executive Director Deborah Valentine. To find out about volunteering opportunities with ACCESS please refer to their Information Mornings.

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