The Olde Vechte Foundation is a verified hosting organisation for the European Voluntary Service project (EVS). As an organization we provide a playground where people can experiment and experience different aspects of self-awareness and group dynamics. Through our volunteering programmes young people have the opportunity to learn and practice in different function areas of the foundation and other organizations in and around Ommen. The target group of all of our activities is young people regardless gender, physical limitations, religion, cultural differences, educational and social background. Basic requirement for our volunteers is that they come from an EU country and they are 18-30 years old.

We offer 3 volunteering programmes:



Learning all about
running an NGO
(12 months)

Extra Mile is a long term EVS project for young people that have experience and are interested in running an NGO. The project starts in May and hosts 7 people. As volunteer you will work mostly in the Olde Vechte office and learn the administrative and financial aspects of functioning of the organization.

You will get the chance to get new skills and develop valuable competences, initiate new projects and bring your ideas to life.


Reinforcing long term
unemployed young people
(12 months)

Yes EVS is designed for long term unemployed (at least 12 months) young people. The projects starts in September and hosts 18 people.

As volunteer you will work in organizations such as campings, farms, animal shelter, elderly house, second hand shops etc. in and around Ommen and do mostly practical tasks. The goal of this project is to reinforce your entry to the labour market.


Get empowered
and impact society
(2 months)

Group EVS is a short term project that aims to bring together young people with limited opportunities to participate in international activities. The project takes place in summer and volunteers have the chance to get to know new cultures and gain new knowledge and experience.

Part of the experience is working at one or two working places in and around Ommen where you will mostly do practical jobs according to your interests. It could be horse farm, pet shelter, vineyard, camping site, group accommodation, farms. Group EVS is a project with great impact on the local society and an empowering experience for the participants.

  Watch our video about Group EVS

What our volunteers are saying

  • "So basically I came to do the short term in September 2018 until November 2018. I was tired of my job and left it, then one summer day I saw an ad on Facebook and I applied, then actually forgot about it. After a few days, this organisation called me and asked me if I was still planning to go and I came to Olde Vechte. It was an incredible 2 months with a lovely group of people, hard work and fun mostly. After 1 month I decided that I want to come back for the long term, mainly because I saw different groups of people coming and going from the trainings, projects, youth exchanges etc.. In January 2019 I came back with the intention of developing myself and doing training courses. It was a life changing year I believe, I don't really know yet obviously but it feels like this. A year in which I was valued and empowered to grow, where I started to take my life in my own hands and being accountable and aware of things that I didn't realise I was doing before. I had time to think of what I really want to do in my life, and I also found love, unexpectedly! Now my plan for the future is to become a meditation teacher and a life coach."

    "Wider Horizon" September 2018 - November 2018 (two months) + "Extra Mile" January 2019-2020 (one year)
    Andrea Scroccaro, Italy
  • "As I was arriving in the Netherlands the worries and fears of moving to a country and organization I knew nothing about were eating me. I was scared to be alone and I thought that I won’t be able to commit to living and working at the same place for a full year. Soon enough, I was proved wrong as I started working outside on projects. I had changed my job a few times, from doing outside work, working in the kitchen, working in a second-hand shop to working in the office of Olde Vechte until I found my fit. Trying and failing, learning by doing was very important for me to shake off this “lost” feeling that has been following me my entire life, and now I feel like there’s something beautiful opening up for me, and I’m the one who’s in charge of it. This experience is the most important experience I’ve had in my life so far. It feels like a gift that keeps on giving."

    "Extra Mile" May 2019-2020 (one year)
    Teodora Saltirova, Macedonia
  • "My volunteering experience started in July of 2019, when I decided to venture out past the walls of Lithuania to the open fields of Ommen, the Netherlands as a short-term volunteer in Olde Vechte Foundation. From the first day, I arrived everyone made me feel very at home in their environment and I found it very easy to settle in. Then I decided to stay for the long term. Throughout my volunteering experience, I have learned a great deal about myself as well as my surroundings and other cultures, I have learned what it is to live in a community sharing a house with multiple people, how to manage my time and finances to live comfortably. I am very thankful for the volunteering experience in Olde Vechte and I will always keep it in my heart as a valuable experience."

    "Extra Mile" September 2019-2020 (one year)
    Patricija Gustaityte, Lithuania
  • "Doing an EVS at Olde Vechte Foundation was one of the best choices in my life. I have learned how to be independent, how to arrange my daily life, how to work in a team. Also I had the opportunity to learn and discover languages, cultures and I've got the freedom to learn and to develop myself."

    “YES EVS” 2016-2017 (one year)
    Dávid Diószegi, Hungary
  • "How can I contain a whole year in a couple of lines? During my EVS, I overworked, slacked off, cooked for 74 people, biked hundreds of kilometers, cried, laughed, baked cakes, painted walls, laminated papers and fixed flat tires. And most of the time, I made mistakes. Glorious, silly, unprecedented mistakes. So I learned, every day more and more, I learned how I function as an individual and as a part of society. Now I know that I can spread my colours everywhere, without doubt or fear. I arrived to Olde Vechte as a lost soul, I leave as an illuminated source of inspiration."

    "Yes EVS" 2015-2016 (one year)
    Daphne Vasila, Greece
  • "Love, fulfillment, commitment and creativity. It was an amazing experience! Lots of learning for me as a person and also professionally to become trainer and youth worker. Also being faced with homesickness by living here has been a great lesson. :)"

    "Yes EVS" 2015-2016 (one year)
    Ilze Vanaga, Latvia

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer and you fit the criteria or if you have questions about
our EVS projects, you can contact us via the form below or email to

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