Calling out to all The Hague, get a little help from PEP

6 Sep 2013 | City of The Hague

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by Susan Gould for City of The Hague
First published in ACCESS Autumn 2013 e-zine



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 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.

City of The Hague

Loes WeijersProject Associate
Municipality of The Hague

06 3008 5371

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070 302 4444

Riviervismarkt 5
The Hague


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