Project Details

Code: SIW-1802
Start date: 21 jul 2018
End date: 04 ago 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Country: Netherlands
State: Emmen, province of Drenthe
Airport: Ámsterdam-Schiphol
Cost: 25
Currency: EUR
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


The location of the project is the Refugee Center Emmen. Emmen is a city of about 60.000 inhabitants in the province of Drenthe in the northern part of the Netherlands. This refugee center (in Dutch: ‘AZC Emmen’) has a capacity for about 400 refugees. This particular place is a location for families with under age children whose application for asylum has been denied by the Dutch government. These families will in time return to their homeland. Our partner is the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (in Dutch: COA). The COA provides accommodation during the asylum procedure and prepares asylum seekers for staying in the Netherlands, returning to their country of origin or transmigration. At the moment COA manages about 100 centers in the Netherlands. COA is an independent administrative body funded by the Dutch
Ministry of Justice. The COA works together with a partner named ‘De Vrolijkheid’: the National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness. The Happiness is a multicultural, not-for-profit network of artists, play writers, actors, musicians and volunteers who invest in children and teenagers in asylum-seeking centres. The Happiness organises creative activities on a regular basis in 30 asylum-seeking centres in the Netherlands.

Work And Activities

The project takes place in the refugee center in Emmen which is a location for families with children. The children you will be working with are between 4 and 12 years of age. These children participate in a school program, but during the months of July and August, there is the summer holiday break. The volunteers will then organise activities for ánd with the children. This type of work calls for creative people who can make up all sorts of games from scratch to play with the children: music, sports, arts, language sessions, creativity, etc. Therefore the content of this project is up to you and the other participants. The games are scheduled throughout the week.

Accommodation And Food

Volunteers will stay at a campsite. You will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and matrass. There are cooking facilities in a cooking tent and the group will cook for themselves. The center will provide bikes for every volunteer to ride between the campsite and the Refugee Center (including bikeride lessons). Volunteers will bring a packed lunch to the worksite.


the city of Emmen, province of Drenthe, northern Netherlands


• In order to participate in this project the volunteers have to sign the code of conduct stating that they will respect the refugees
• Due to the nature of the work a motivation letter is required
• At least an intermediate level in English. Understanding of any other language (e.g. French or Arabic) is greatly appreciated.
• Sleeping bag, tent and sleeping mat.
• Old working clothes and shoes
• Rain is spread out over the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit!




Leisure activities: Of course there will be sufficient free time. Together with your camp leaders you will discuss the recreational program. Emmen is an attractive city with lots of activities in the summertime. You can visit places nearby and explore the surroundings. The area is declared a UNESCO-Geopark by the United Nations. Emmen is very well accessible by train and bus. Biggest attraction is the new theme park Wildlands Adventure Zoo (opened in 2016).