EVS: become an international volunteer in the Wereldhuis!

The Worldhouse

The Worldhouse (Wereldhuis in Dutch) is a community center for information, counseling, education and cultural activities for undocumented migrants. The Worldhouse is one of the projects developed by the Protestantse Diaconie Amsterdam. We offer an EVS-program for 12 months, starting 1 September 2019 and finishing 31 August 2020.

Approximately 15.000 undocumented people live in Amsterdam; all of them have their own story. Some of them are refugees or rejected asylum seekers. Others came as labor migrants, often working as domestic workers. Some are victims of human trafficking or a failed marriage migration.

The Worldhouse is the place where migrants are not dependent on others for a while. They can come here for advice and counseling. They can become active and emancipate. Most of the activities are developed by undocumented migrants themselves. We host grassroots organizations for undocumented migrant workers. An intense and strong social network makes the people of the Worldhouse more powerful. Actively volunteering gives them better perspectives as well.

About the Worldhouse: what do we do?

- Help in crisis situations: this means helping with emergency situations like shelter but also giving people the opportunity to talk to a pastor or social worker.
- The Worldhouse speaks out: We connect the visitors of the Worldhouse to the citizens of Amsterdam and the whole Netherlands.

­- Education and activities related to Human Rights and Empowerment: It is important that our visitors know their rights and are involved actively in the Worldhouse and the activities.

- Activities in the Worldhouse: Everyday there is a warm lunch for the visitors of the Worldhouse and a big scale of activities like language courses, computer classes and recreative activities like salsa, African dance and soccer.

- Different kind of projects: The Worldhouse works on different kind of projects like ‘No paper work’ that trains the participants about the basic knowledge of work related issues, but also projects with the elderly visitors and trainings about health issues.

- Self-organizations: There are many self-organizations that try to make their position stronger. For example, the labor migrants. They always have a place in the Worldhouse to come and meet.


And lots more with a lot of possibilities.


Being EVS Volunteer – Tasks

As an EVS volunteer you do fulltime voluntary work in the Worldhouse. Since 2013 EVS volunteers have participated in the Worldhouse
We offer the possibility to learn new skills within our diverse team, according to the personal interest and wishes of the volunteer. The volunteer can join staff members working together in many different fields of work, applying diverse skills and knowledge in their daily work. In the Worldhouse the following fields of work come together:

– social work; – activity development and coordination; – logistics; – organization and management; – advocacy skills in the field of human rights.

Volunteers can participate in many different activities, and from January you will develop your own project: you become part of the big Worldhouse family. A crucial aspect is the contact with the visitors, and the many questions and issues they come with.

Examples of activities the volunteer can undertake:

1) Doing the intake with the new people like being a host for Worldhouse visitors: welcoming (new) visitors, having the intake with them, listening to their needs and wishes and referring them to the right person

2) Develop activities and helping organizing the activities and events like the Christmas party

3) Supporting the daily tasks and programs with the cooks, the housemasters, the receptionist, the volunteers on the floor and helping to understand what the talents are of the visitors and how to get them involved. Supporting the people.

4) From January, you will get the opportunity to develop your own project in the Worldhouse, this could be anything.

5) Help out with the questions from the visitors

6) Supporting with the social media of the Worldhouse

As mentioned before, central to the Worldhouse’s way of working, is our ‘’empowerment’’ approach. Our daily work is to support people to develop themselves, with their own power and possibilities as the starting point. After the initial introduction to the Worldhouse, a volunteer can indicate what his/her interests and talents are or what he/she would like to learn. Based on this knowledge, we can discuss together what can be possible fields of volunteering.

The Worldhouse is an intense place to work: it can be chaotic, you can encounter unexpected situations and will meet many people in a very vulnerable position, that you might not always be able to help. 


European Voluntary Service – Arrangements and Accommodation

We ask that volunteers are aged between 18-30 and enrolled in the European Voluntary Service Program. For this you need a sending organization in your home country. If you do not have a sending organization, we can help you find one!

In the first few weeks of the program, the two EVS volunteers in the Worldhouse follow a special introductory program, which includes teambuilding activities and trainings. The Worldhouse EVS program is part of the Amsterdam Voluntary Year. You will have the introduction program, language lessons and trainings.

Through the European Voluntary Service program from the European Union the volunteer will receive pocket money of €120,- a month. Together with the other volunteers you will receive money for food, and all volunteers will receive a bike and an ov-card for public transport that they can use during these 12 months.

You will receive a personal food budget (around €200,- ) and will have your own small apartment, located in central Amsterdam. The other EVS-volunteer will live next door in a similar apartment.

You will work approximately 32-36 hours per week. You will have 20 free days and the national holidays off as well.

  • The ‘Protestantse Diaconie Amsterdam’ that organizes the Amsterdam Voluntary Year has an extensive support structure with professional supervisors at each of the projects, a project leader and mentors. The volunteer has regular evaluation meetings with them.


Criteria and Application Procedure

Are you?

  • Motivated to work with (undocumented) migrants?
  • Interested in learning from other cultures?
  • Interested in working in a multicultural setting?
  • Able to deal with stress, flexible and cooperative?
  • Creative and willing to take own initiative in your work setting?
  • Experienced/able to deal with people in a vulnerable situation?
  • Available for this EVS program for 12 months, between 01 September 2019 and 31 August 2020?

Then we hope you will apply for this EVS-job!

You can apply by filling out this Application Form

Email your application before the 1st of February to Bo van Ladesteijn at: b.vanladesteijn@diaconie.org

(In the week of 4th to 8th February you will have you skype interview)

More Information?

You can find more information at: www.wereldhuis.org and about our organization at www.diaconie.org. You can always email Bo van Ladesteijn (Community Manager) with questions or remarks at b.vanladesteijn@diaconie.org

About wereldhuis

Het wereldhuis is a center for information, counseling, education and culture for undocumented migrants