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: 

  • Update your skills, or learn new ones 
  • Get involved in 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 


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. 

Contrast Leiden - a social group for international and Dutch students, which also organises volunteering projects for its members. 

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.  sent email checking if this is possible in eng! 

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

Our Partners in Volunteering

Internship at Expat Centre Leiden

Expat Centre Leiden is looking for interns starting in January 2023!

Are you pro-active, flexible and results oriented? And looking to expand your own skills in an international work environment?

Apply here!
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