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Christian internship

If you are a student pursuing a degree in Mission Work, Theology, or attending a Bible School, it might be possible for you to do your Christian internship at one of our Hostels in Amsterdam. 

Depending on the requirements of your study and the skills you need to develop, the Shelter can work alongside your school to see if this is a good fit for you.

Main focus of the Christian internship

The major areas of skills and development this Christian internship focuses on are:


  • Build relational bridges and present the gospel to unbelievers in a clear and understandable way
  • Learn the importance of listening and understanding the ‘language’ of other persons and seeing them from their level
  • Confirm what you believe and grow in your faith

Intercultural relations

  • Learn how to relate to people from other cultures, backgrounds and mindsets
  • Experience living in an intercultural environment
  • Deal with cross-cultural problems, solutions and strategies

Personal development

  • Develop your personal identity to gain more understanding of who you are, which strengths you have and which challenges you face
  • Step out of your comfort zone - see your Christian internship as a time to challenge yourself
  • Improve your personable skills: speak in front of groups, have one-on-one conversations with guests, lead Bible discussions and host events

What does an internship at the Shelter look like?

Volunteering at the Shelter for your Christian internship means that you will work at one of the hostels, share your faith, live in community, and experience Amsterdam. 

On average, you will work at the hostel about 5,5 -6 hours a day, 6 days a week. Your shifts include working in the cafe, at the reception or as cleaner supervisor. During your shifts you will carry out daily duties, demonstrate Christian hospitality, as well as interact with the guests. You will also be in charge of hosting evangelism activities such as Hostel Night, Open Mic, Dutch Food Tasting, City Walk, and Bible Discussion.

Our Ministry Training Program

Besides working in the Hostels, each volunteer participates in a Ministry Training Program (MTP). These courses cover the areas Practice hospitality, Pursue hearts for Jesus, Participate in community and more. Read more about our Ministry Training Program here.

Living in Amsterdam

All of our volunteer staff, including those who chose to do the Christian internship, live together in a community house here in Amsterdam. As the staff members come from all over the world, you will be living in an international setting. You will get to experience what it is like to live with other Christians from different backgrounds and grow spiritually together. As part of a Christian community, you will participate in small group meetings once a week and in monthly worship events. The community house is a great place to discover more about yourself and to grow in your Christian faith.


If you choose to do your Christian internship at the Shelter, feel free to contact us via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The starting date of your internship is flexible. We would love to meet you!