Project Details

Code: SIW-1804
Start date: 12 ago 2018
End date: 26 ago 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: SOCIAL
Country: Netherlands
State: Haarzuilens
Airport: Ámsterdam-Schiphol
Cost: 25
Currency: EUR
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


Our partner, Emmaus Haarzuilens, is situated in the small, beautiful neighbourhood of Haarzuilens. It is very close to Utrecht and to the Castle of Haarzuilens. Emmaus Haarzuilens is a living - work community for former homeless people and others who strongly feel related to Emmaus ideology, which is about bringing back value to second hand objects and self-esteem to people that have faced difficulties. All the people who live at Emmaus work at the second hand store that also includes recycling. The money earned by doing this work is used to finance the
community and also for supporting international social projects. Volunteers will not only work, but also live together with the inhabitants of Emmaus Haarzuilens. We thereby want to emphasize that living together also means preparing and eating the meals together and do some cleaning and light house work. It also means that volunteers are expected to live by the rules of Emmaus; following the Emmaus philosophy and considering the background of some of the Emmaus residents, use of alcohol is prohibited during working days.

Work And Activities

This project will take place in cooperation with Emmaus Haarzuilens where the volunteers will live and work together with the residents of Emmaus. The volunteers will help out at the second hand store, which includes picking up second hand goods and placing them in the shop. Together with the residents, the volunteers will organize a summer market at the end of August. Volunteers will help with the set-up and break-down of the festival and the organization of a fashion show to present the second hand clothes that are for sale. The income from this sale is fully used to support a chosen special project. Besides this work, volunteers will also help with maintenance work on the grounds of the community (washing dishes and helping out with the cooking).

Accommodation And Food

Volunteers will stay in comfortable accommodation at the Emmaus grounds. Beds are provided, but participants need to bring their own sleeping bags. They will cook and eat together with the residents of Emmaus.


Haarzuilens, province of Utrecht, the middle of the Netherlands


• Motivation letter required, due to the specific rules and motivation of the residents
• At least an intermediate level in English
• Sleeping bag
• Rain is spread throughout the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit!
• Mosquito repellent, as the location is situated next to the water there are a lot of mosquitoes.




Leisure activities: Together with the camp leaders the volunteers will discuss the recreational program. For example, they can explore the beautiful historical city center of Utrecht by bike. But also, to climb the Dom Tower, go canoeing on the canals or visit other places in The Netherlands.
The camp leaders will have some ideas, but of course it is possible for the volunteers to put forward their own ideas for this program! Leisure time will also be spent on the theme: “Connect with the local community!". During this activity, the participants will interact with the local communities,
learn more about the SDG's am sustainability, share their cultures and views on the environment with each other and have fun!