Present Foundation aims to instigate a movement where people find it self-evident to assist one another when needed. This organization is a major agent in voluntary work and offers various opportunities for volunteers to devote assistance to people who deal with poverty, health issues or social desolation. Present Foundation organizes projects that are based on the knowledge, skills and interests of their volunteers, which makes their efforts meaningful, effective and fun! Strolling with elderly, cooking for the homeless, dressing up as Sint and (Color) Piet, or working at a children’s farm are just few of the many opportunities. Besides the great variety of fun projects, it is also possible to sign up as a group, such as with you friends, family or AUC study mates. So be present, together!
Time: Half days – Long-term
Language: Both Dutch- and English based volunteering opportunities
Contact: stichtingpresent.nl/amsterdam or call 020 6127066/ firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may have noticed, Amsterdam Oost is very international, and thus home to many immigrants seeking to learn Dutch. The samenspraak project aims to bring the community closer together through learning and teaching the Dutch language. If you participate, you will be matched with an international within Oost, and once a week you meet up and speak Dutch together. The project is thus very personal, fun and entirely conversation based.
Time: The duration of the project is at least 1 year; every week for about an hour.
Language: As a volunteer you need to speak Dutch (though you can also sign up as an international student).
Contact: For further questions or to sign up email email@example.com or call 020-4635141 (on Mon, Tues, Weds between 9.30h-11.30h).
Don’t miss the great opportunity to be part of the exciting activities at AUCafé! During the day, the café hosts a AUC initiative called Jeugdlab, which strives to educate children about science and technology, by offering free and easily accessible activities for children aged 6 -12, such as cola-mentos explosions and building erupting mini-volcanoes. Moreover, this programme ensures that we can use AUCafé during the year to have parties and get together!
Time: You can volunteer on Wednesdays and Sundays, in 4-hour shifts. You get to work with children from around Science Park on projects and showcase experiments, as well as get to know more AUC students!
Are you interested in human rights and want to help the victims of human rights violations? Than you should become a flex-volunteer at Amnesty International! When you are a flex-volunteer you can decide yourself when you want to work. You will help Amnesty with a wide variety of jobs, such as administrative tasks at the Head Office in Amsterdam or help them prepare events throughout the Netherlands. This variation makes it an exciting and educational experience. You will work together with other fun flex volunteers and you can even sign up with your friends! Another major advantage: tasks at the head office often include a delicious lunch!
Time: 1 to 20 hours per month
Contact: www.amnesty.nl/english or visit the website: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taste Before You Waste
Taste Before You Waste is an initiative based at our very own dorms in Science Park, aiming to make people more conscious about the amount of good food that gets thrown away every day and to inform them about what can be done to prevent this. Working with small grocery shops in Amsterdam Zeeburg and with the help of young food-lovers, about 150 kg of food is saved from an early death each week. Four times a week one of the volunteers takes the “bakfiets” around our neighbourhood to collect food that would otherwise be discarded, because it does not look perfect enough to be sold. After the food is saved, it is taken to different charities in the neighbourhood, where the fruits and vegetables are given a second chance by being transformed into delicious meals for people to eat. Why not help out with the collection or distribution of food in our local neighbourhood!