Ideally, we would like people to serve as Christian volunteers for 3 months or longer. We only have a few volunteer opportunities for 1 or 2 months, in summer. Short term mission volunteers (1-3 months) work mainly in the café: preparing food, serving guests and being a great host. Long term volunteers (4-12 months) may also learn to work at the reception desk or as cleaner supervisor. There are many opportunities to share Christ by connecting with the guests. We often see that volunteers want to extend their stay after a few months of serving. If you have the time, please consider staying longer on forehand… You won’t regret!
During your Christian volunteer opportunity at the Shelter, we will provide you with accommodation and the Ministry Training Program (free of charge). If applicable we also pay the fee required for the Residence permit. You will have to provide and pay for €60 for each month of your term, traveling to Amsterdam and back, medical insurance and extra spending money. To take part in our ministry, it is required to have a medical insurance that covers medical (emergency) costs of hospitals, doctors and dentist in the Netherlands. You will need to provide this yourself.
We encourage you to do this mission together with your home church. It is powerful when your church is involved and can support you financially and in prayer. This is not a requirement and not all of our staff members are sent out from a church. However, we do require a reference from someone who plays a leadership role in your Christian life.