Application information

How to apply as a volunteer?

Would you love to serve God and share His good news with travelers from all over the world? Search no more! Join our ministry, and serve in our hostels as a volunteer!

Before you apply, just make sure you have read the application information below. It is probably not the most exciting stuff to read, but is good for you to know what you are applying for, right?

Application procedure

The application process and the length of your stay will depend on your passport: if you come from a non-EU country, you will need a visa or work permit. The visa application procedure will make the application process more lengthy. So make sure you send your application to us in time!

Click here and select your country of origin to discover:

  1. How long you can serve with us
  2. How much months in advance you should send your application
  3. If you need a visa or working holiday permit

By selecting your country of origin, you can find out which application procedure fits your country and situation.

Start dates

Our Christian volunteering program officially has the following start and ending dates every year: January 1st, March 1st, May 1st, June 1st, July 1st, August 1st, September 1st, December 1st.

However, we currently have a shortage of volunteers. So if you have an EU-passport, you are allowed to choose a differing start date. Please contact to check out the possibilities.

Length of stay

Ideally, we would like people to serve for 3 months or longer. This is not only beneficial for the ministry: it is also very beneficial for you! Our volunteers all claim that being part of our international Christian community is a wonderful experience. We often see that volunteers want to extend their stay after a few months of serving in the hostels. So if you have time, consider staying longer on forehand!

Also your tasks and responsibilities at the Shelter vary, depending on how long you stay. Short term mission volunteers (1 – 3 months) work mainly in the café. Long term mission volunteers (4 - 12 months) may also learn to work at the reception and as a cleaner supervisor. The longer you stay, the bigger the variety of responsibilities!


During your time at the Shelter, we will provide you with:

  • Accommodation (free of charge)
  • Ministry Training Program (free of charge)
  • If applicable: Payment of Fee required for the Residence permit (€800 deposit)

You will have to provide and pay for:

  • €60 for each month of your term, as a fee for food - with this fee, all food and drinks are included!
  • Travel to Amsterdam and back
  • Medical insurance
  • Extra spending money

To take part in our Christian ministry, you must have medical insurance. This needs to cover medical (emergency) costs of hospitals, doctors, dentist, etc in the Netherlands. You will need to provide this.

Ready to apply!

If the application information is all clear to you, and you meet the general requirements, you seem totally ready to apply! Sign up from 2 months to 1 year. Just write to us that you are interested, fill out the application form, get approved, buy a plane ticket, pack, and go! You could be arriving in Amsterdam in a couple weeks... So what are you waiting for? Join us! We are looking forward to reading your application and welcome you to the Shelter family. We hope to meet you soon!

General requirements

In order to join our team, we are looking for people in the age of 18 to 30 that:

  • are serious about following Jesus in their daily life
  • have a heart for evangelism
  • are willing to serve in a practical way
  • desire to learn more about the Bible, ministry and a Christian lifestyle
  • are willing to live in an international Christian community
  • speak and understand English well enough to have conversations

Do you meet these requirements? Great! Apply today to become part of our ministry team.