Netherlands (2)

Drop-in shelter for mentally challenged people

The ‘Diakonaal Aandachtscentrum’ is a drop-in shelter for mentally challenged, isolated, lonely or homeless people. The shelter offers a safe and friendly environment for anyone who needs peace, attention, understanding, comfort or a good conversation. The centre is open every afternoon and on Saturday morning. Some visitors come just once, others walk in almost every day. We welcome around fifty to sixty people every day. This is made possible thanks to many volunteers who work as host in the centre.
The volunteer will work as host in the centre. This means welcoming the visitors, making them feel at ease, having a conversation, listening to their stories. Other tasks are making coffee, counting the visitors, serving bread, baking pancakes, some cleaning.
Who can apply?
No qualifications are required, though you need social intelligence, compassion, love for other people.
Languages: English required, (some Dutch would be nice). Other languages could be helpful (the visitors come from all over the world).
Minimum age: 20 years.
The project continues throughout the year 2018. Please feel free to join us for one or two weeks.
Working hours per day
4 hours per day
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
Other important information
Private accommodation free of charge (host family) might be possible. Availability depends on the duration of the stay and the period.  If not available, we assist in looking for an accommodation with moderate prices.
50% of the travel costs will be covered by the JOIN office.
If you are interested, please contact Ms Katinka Kersting 

Holidays for groups of elderly people

The project 
Since 1957 Johanniter Nederland organises holidays for groups of elderly people who cannot go on holiday without care or help because they are too old, have health issues or are disabled. 
The holidays take place in specially equipped hotels in the Netherlands and they last one week (from Saturday till Friday). Each group consists of 18-28 ‘guests’ and an equal number of volunteers. 
Because this high rate of volunteers we are able to give a lot of care and attention to the guests. This is of huge value, because many of them are lonely in daily life. Because there are so many helping hands our guests have the opportunity to do and experience things that are not possible for them without this help (go swimming, shopping, sightseeing, visit a museum, experience nature, etc.).
The whole staff consists of volunteers, though some of them are health care professionals in daily life (nurses, medical doctors, physiotherapists). A holiday week means hard working for the volunteers, but they get a lot in return: group spirit, holiday experiences, love and gratitude. 

For an impression of a Johanniter Holiday watch this video:

For the holidays of 2018 we have different places available for volunteers:
5-10 May, Mechelen, the Netherlands: 

Night care (helping the guests if they need help during the night)

2-8 June, Lunteren, the Netherlands: 
Medical doctor (professional)

Physiotherapist (professional)

25-31 August, Lemele, the Netherlands: 
Medical doctor (professional)
Physiotherapist (professional)
Nurse (professional)
General volunteer (helps during the day with different things)

Care volunteer (helps the guests with washing, dressing and other needs)

1-7 September, Lemele the Netherlands:

Nurse (professional)

22-28 September, Lunteren, the Netherlands:

Nurse (professional)

Minimum age: 20 years
Languages: preferably some knowledge of Dutch. English in addition.
Doctor, nurse, physiotherapist: professional qualifications.
Night care, general volunteer, care volunteer: no qualifications or other skills required.
You will stay in the hotel with the guests and the other volunteers.
All meals will be provided.
50% of the travel costs will be covered by the JOIN office.
If you are interested, please contact Albert Star Busmann

Johanniter Nederland


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  • care for elderly people
  • care for handicapped people
  • holidays for handicapped people