Would you like to live a joyful and unique volunteering experience for two months, thanks to which you can create new opportunities in your personal and professional life once back home?

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: live together with people from different countries, hosted by Olde Vechte Foundation; volunteer in a practical work places; take care ofyour living space and organize your own free time.
In this information letter, you will find all the information you need in order to know what the project is about, and how to apply for it. Reading it carefully, you will get an idea of whatyou can expect from this volunteering project here in the Netherlands. With the current measures took for avoiding COVID-19, this volunteering opportunity in the countryside of the Netherlands is still possible by sticking to the arrangements that help us stay safe in this cultural exchange.

The dates for the Wider Horizon short-term volunteering are 11 January (arrival) – 12 March (departure) 2021 (2 months) and we can host 10 volunteers.

Activities in the project

As a volunteer at Olde Vechte, you will have practical tasks set up from Monday until Friday, in total 36 hours per week. The voluntary activities are practical tasks at various workplaces in and around Ommen. The program is shaped in such a way that for four days per week you are volunteering at one organization for two months Each Wednesday. we have a workshop day to enhance your volunteering experience. You will receive a bicycle to
commute to the workplaces and use it to travel around in your free time.You can also use it to visit places which are closer to your accommodationand to use it to travel around for shopping and your free time.


During your stay as a volunteer, a mentor is available for your support. This person will help you with practical aspects, such as, getting to know how things work at Olde Vechte and to show you where to go for groceries, shopping and medical institutions inOmmen. Your mentor will guide you for the whole two month period around the volunteering activities and you can reach out toyour mentor for support with any issues you might come across.

Accomodation and food

During your stay as a volunteer you will be hosted in group accommodation house Zeesse at the estate of Olde Vechte Foundation. The accommodation is in the center of Ommen nearby shops and other facilities. As a group you will live in Zeesse for two months in which you are accountable of keeping it clean and livable. In the accommodation there are 6 showers, 4 toilets and 5 bedrooms which you share with someone. There is a washing machine available as well as wi-fi connection. You can see photos of the accommodation here:
As for the food: you have a kitchen including all cooking utensils and a dishwasher. 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 € 5,- per day, divided in weekly payments, given in cash. You will also get once per week money for food in cash (€ 5,- per day). Your traveling costs will be covered according to ESC regulations: up to 275 Euros

Application form here:ESC Wider Horizon Short Term Application Form

Deadline to apply: 6th November 2020

Send your application form at office@ymca.ro