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.

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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.

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What our volunteers are saying

  • "A beautiful and challenging journey during which I developed myself in a personal and professional way, while being surrounded by a lovable group of people. An unforgettable year of my life full of moments of happiness, disappointment, joy, sadness, confusion, togetherness, appreciation, success, failure, excitement but most of all love."

    “Build upon each other” 2015-2016 (one year)
    Despoina Rafailidou, Greece
  • "Being an EVS volunteer is ... something special, something that can not be compared to anything in the world, is a new beginning, a new life. It was a great experience and a life lesson that I don't think I have a chance to repeat it. I think I've chosen the perfect time in my life to be on EVS."

    Group EVS “Smells like team spirit” 2014 (two months)
    Alexandru Calin, Romania
  • "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
  • "I am really grateful that I could take part in this project, despite of my disability (wheelchair user, I require daily help). It was my first working experience because I am still studying at university. I can use it in my CV when applying for praxis place or in future for a job. I met there some of my good friends with whom I am still in contact."

    Group EVS “Smells like team spirit” 2014 (two months)
    Barbora, Czech Republic
  • "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
  • "It's been an overwhelming, loving and learning experience that came in the right time. I got challenged in many ways, got down and got up, got to know myself better, learned about others, met beautiful people from all over the world, got to understand what it is to have meaningful relationships and how to care for them and I came to see more opportunities I have in my life."

    "Build Upon Each Other" 2015-2016 (one year)
    Veronika Pavlova, Czech Republic
  • "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
  • "A remarkable experience. Really an experience I will never forget. My EVS started previous month and so far I feel more alive, lots of things are going on at the moment. I am learning about my self, how can I work with people, how to become a leader in a group and also the ability to stay focused. Everyday I am getting closer to the goals I set for my self. It's an opportunity to grow stronger both mentally and spiritually. Follow your heart people!"

    "The Extra Mile" 2016-2017 (one year)
    Constantinos Papsanakis, Greece
  • "Secure and amazing opportunity to discover myself. I have learned how to be true to myself and accept conditions and opportunities with true care and gratitude. Place and people, also myself, around me create safe environment to be who I am and find what creates meaning for me."

    "YES EVS" 2016 (one year)
    Aleksandra Karlina Martinsone, Latvia
  • "I loved the experience greatly. It was an adventure to be able to live abroad for two whole months. I learned how to be independent and responsible while away from family and friends, and I made wonderful friends both that were with me on this EVS and people that lived in the Netherlands."

    Group EVS “Sustainable community” 2013 (two months)
    Sunna Einarsdóttir, Iceland

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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