Ministry in Amsterdam

Would you be willing to step out in faith to share God's love with people from abroad? We offer you a great mission opportunity!

In a context of hospitality, we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in words and actions among travelers in our two Christian hostels in Amsterdam.

Are you looking for a chance to live, work and share the Gospel in a dynamic international community? Join our ministry! Serve God, share your faith and grow in your walk with the Lord.


We strive to be a light for Chist to the 40.000 backpackers who are staying in our two Christian hostels in Amsterdam every year. The love and faith that we have in Jesus are the foundation of everything we do. Through personal interactions and daily hostel activities, we share the love of God with our guests. 

Our Christian mission centers around three themes:


Our volunteering program

Volunteer with us for 1 month up to a year


  • Live in a community house with more than 35 Christians (age 18-30) from all over the world
  • Grow in your faith through our Ministry Training Program, small groups, worship sessions and prayer meetings
  • Serve God, together with other volunteers, while running the hostels in a practical way - working at reception, serving meals to guests or leading the cleaning team
  • Share the love of Christ while interacting with guests, through conversations or hostel activities.

Are you interested in joining our ministry as a volunteer? Check out our FAQ page for more practical information!

Why do we use our hostels as a Christian mission opportunity?


Ever since we opened the Shelter hostels in 1971, we found our foundation in Psalm 91:1. We believe that a hostel like the Shelter can be a place where travelers find true rest on their journey and come home to God.

We focus on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ among backpackers. Because backpackers are often not only on a physical journey but also on a spiritual journey. And they are open to interacting with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and interests. This brings opportunities to explore the meaning of life together in a respectful and open way. It is our deepest desire that they find God as the ultimate shelter for life.

Psalm 91:1 | Core of the Youth Hostel Ministry in Amsterdam | Finding Shelter under God's wings

Experiences of volunteers

I used to rely on my own knowledge when telling people about Jesus. I quickly realised here, that God will speak to His children in ways that constantly surpass my understanding. When I gave control back to Jesus, I discovered the joy of not having all the answers but completely trusting that God will reveal Himself when we ask Him to.

Heather (23, United Kingdom)

BLOG // Testimonies of God's work in our ministry