For our English speaking visitors
VIA cooperates with many partners all over the world. If you want to take part in one of VIA’s projects, you should apply through the branch or partner organisation in your home country. All addresses can be found on:www.sciint.org. They can help you with the application procedure and preparation activities. VIA doesn’t accept volunteers without a sending organisation.
But if you are resident in Netherlands and wish to do a voluntary project abroad, then VIA can indeed be the sending branch. Please do not hesitate to contact the office, more than willing to help you out in English, either by phone or E-mail, or have a look in the database, where descriptions are in English.
Long Term Volunteering
Besides the regular voluntary projects, which last 2 or 3 weeks, VIA also receives and sends out volunteers to Long Term Volunteering (LTV) projects. These are projects that last 1 to 12 months. The volunteer has the possibility to get to know the country, culture, project and him-/herself better. LTV’s sent out by VIA-NL should have taken part in a workcamp before and be at least 21 years old. During the period of LTV’ing the volunteers receives board and lodging. In most projects you will also get a small amount of pocket money.
Part of the LTV projects is financed by the EU-Youth-program. They are called EVS projects. These projects have an age limit of 30 years. In the vacancy list (to be obtained at your organisation) you can find information on whether the project is an EVS project or not. When VIA organises an EVS project, only volunteers from our SCI branches and partners as sending organisation are accepted.
Placement Officers at VIA office
During the placement season (March until August every year) VIA needs help of volunteers in the office. These are the so called Placement Officers. The PO’s take care of the daily placement procedure, have contact with our branches, partners and volunteers, make sure the documentation is done properly and help VIA with the statistics. PO’s can also be asked to take part in a preparation training for volunteers. This is a LTV post. Applications should go through your own organisation as written above.
The website is written in Dutch at the moment. In the future parts will be published in English as well. For general information on SCI you can have a look at www.sciint.org. For information in your own language you visit the web page of the organisation in your home country. In case you need specific information of VIA-NL you can contact us by mail or phone the office on Wednesday night. (For addresses and numbers see: contact)