Wider Horizon is a short-term volunteering project of Olde Vechte Foundation, that takes place in Ommen, The Netherlands. By participating you have the opportunity to experience new aspects of life and of yourself: you will live together with other people from different countries, hosted by Olde Vechte Foundation;you will volunteer in a practical work place; you will take care of your bungalow and organize your own free time.

The dates for the Wider Horizon short-term volunteering are 7 January (arrival) – 8 March
(departure) 2020 (2 months) and we can host 8 volunteers.

Activities in the project

The working week is from Monday until Friday, in total 36 hours. The voluntary activities are practical tasks at various workplaces in and around Ommen. The program is diverse and one day it can be you volunteer in a horse stable and the other day in a camping. We have a 9- person minibus through which you will be brought to and picked up from your workplace. One of the activities is also to help out the community of Ommen, like to fix a pavement of a resident or to help the elderly in their garden. You will also have a bicycle for places which are closer to your bungalow and to use it to travel around for shopping and your free time.


During your stay as a volunteer, there will be a mentor who will help you with practical aspects, such as, to get around in Ommen and to show you where are groceries shops, pharmacy, medical institutions, etc. This person will also be there to guide you and support you for any issue you might have.

Free time

You can spend your free time in many different ways: visiting cities, hanging out with new international friends, biking, joining karaoke evenings, singing songs around a camp fire, organizing movie nights, dancing, playing sports, going to the swimming pool, etc.

Accomodation and food

During the two months you will be hosted in bungalows of 4-6 people at a holiday park in Ommen. The place is located approx. 10 minutes by bike from Olde Vechte and 15 minutes by bike from the centre of Ommen. In all bungalows there is a kitchen, shower and toilet. You will share a room with someone. You can see an example for a house here. Your house may differ from the one in photos, but it will be very similar. There will be washing machine available as well as wi-fi connection
at the resort.
As for the food: you have a kitchen in your house. Along with your pocket money, you get money for food, and you can arrange your own meals as you wish.

Pocket money and travelling costs

As a volunteer of this project you will receive pocket money in the amount of € 310 for two months,
divided in weekly parts, given in cash every week. You will also get money for food in cash.
Your traveling costs will be covered according to ESC regulations: up to 275 Euros.


By the end of the project you fill in the YouthPass, which can be a very useful tool for your resume or if you want to apply for a university. For more information visit Youthpass website.

Please find here the info letter: Wider Horizon info letter jan – mrt

Application form:ESC short-term Application form

Please complete the application form and send it over to office@ymca.ro till 30th October 2019.