Are you an organisation in The Hague that offers volunteering roles but may struggle at times to find people willing to help out? If this sounds like you then support is close at hand.
Karsten Klein, a member of The Hague Government and Alderman for Youth, Welfare and Sport, has initiated a great project to make volunteering more attractive and more widely available to – amongst others – the thousands of English speaking Internationals living in The Hague. This project includes translation of some of PEP’s Vacaturebank (Volunteer job vacancy listings) opportunities into English, and also participating in the ‘Feel at Home’ fair scheduled for September, 2013, as well as an initiative whereby internationals can stand in front of a class in order to talk about their own home countries.
PEP stands for Participation Emancipation Professionals and is dedicated to inspire residents of The Hague to get involved and make a difference in our community. PEP works closely with non-profit organisations, companies and community leaders to respond to community needs.
Volunteer opportunity database can be accessed online
Up until now, all the opportunities have been listed in Dutch, but PEP is working hard to get a list of English vacancies onto its website. It has its own team of international volunteers who are actively contacting Dutch and International organisations in The Hague that would like assistance in reaching out to the wider community.
Nathaly Mercera is the Project Manager for the Vacaturebank. She explains here how easy it is for organisations to get their vacancies listed for free on the Vacaturebank: “Simply go to www.volunteerthehague.nl and then complete the online form. PEP can offer assistance as well if you need help with translation.”
The benefits for organisations working with volunteers and using the ‘Vacaturebank’ are huge. There is immediate access to the International community, it is a quick and easy process, and volunteers are able to contact interested parties directly. Many of the internationals are highly-skilled professionals looking for opportunities to put their skills to good use.
On the PEP website you can find the Talentenbank (Talent Bank) where individuals can post their skills and talents for all to see. This will enable organisations to search themselves for the right volunteers for their needs.
You will also have an opportunity to meet up with representatives from PEP at the ‘Feel at Home’ fair to be held on September 15th. Try out first-hand the PEP laptops linked up to the English opportunities on the Vacaturebank (Job Bank).
So what are you waiting for?
Call PEP on 070 302 4444 or go and see them on September 15th at the Feel at Home in The Hague Fair, located in the World Trade Center.
Help really is at hand and completely free of charge.
Loes WeijersProject Associate
Municipality of The Hague
06 3008 5371
070 302 4444