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  • projects 2011

  • index page important information 3 our projects in short 3 SIW in short 10 our projects in 2011: (letter = map) nature purpuse of our nat. pr. 4 Oudemolen 5 (A) Bakkeveen 5 (A) Twijzel 5 (A) construction Ermelo 7 (B) social Winterswijk 8 (C) Kanaleneiland 9 (D) Parkwijk 10 (D)

    important information SIW Internationale Vrijwilligersprojecten

    Willemstraat 7 (see X on map)

    3511 RJ Utrecht

    The Netherlands

    tel ++31(0) 30-2317721

    fax ++31 (0) 30-2343465


    www siw.nl

    @ [email protected]

    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    Participating volunteers should be at least 18 years old. We do not process any applications before the first of April. Please contact us if you need more information about our projects or the Netherlands or if we can help you with anything else.


  • In this booklet youll only find very little and short information about our projects, as we are still improving

    them for you and the participants. Please contact us if you need more information about

    our projects or general information about the Netherlands or anything else.

    Davinia Croes Maykel Kicken Karin van Mullem


    our projects in short

    Each year, SIW organizes around ten international volun-

    tary projects in the Netherlands. These projects last two

    weeks, and take place during the summer (from May until

    September). The number of volunteers in a project varies

    from 6 to 20. English is the spoken language in all of the

    work camps.


    The volunteers are required to work 30 hours a week,

    spread over 4 or 5 days. We offer various types of work.

    In 2011 that will be natureprojects, construction, and so-

    cial projects.

    thematic programme

    The volunteers are engaged in a the-

    matic background programme. This

    programme is closely related to the lo-

    cals where the projects takes place. As

    part of the get out of the project-bubble

    initiative, the goal of the thematic pro-

    gram is to improve contact between

    participants and locals.

    recreational program

    Besides work-related activities SIW also organizes a rec-

    reational program. For both the theme and recreational

    program, there are enough opportunities for ideas and

    initiatives from the volunteers themselves.

    project leaders

    SIW projects are organized in cooperation with the partner

    organization who supervises the work. There are two SIW

    coordinators in each work camp: two SIW volunteers who

    carry out all practical preparatory work and arrange daily

    matters during the project. They will be living and working

    along with the participants, and are responsible during the

    project. The participants, the group of international volun-

    teers, are also responsible for the success of the project.

    Their tasks include organizing trips, buying food and cook-

    ing in shifts. They are expec-ted to help in solving any

    occurring problems, to take on an active attitude towards

    any of the activities, to show initiative and a sense of re-

    sponsibility towards the work, the theme, and above all

    towards each other.

    conditions for participation

    The projects are accessible to volunteers between 18 and

    99 years old (unless stated differently). We try to avoid

    having more than two people from the same nationality in

    one project. SIW is committed to providing opportunities

    for all people, also for volunteers with disabilities. We pre-

    fer to deal with each application individually to meet differ-

    ent needs. Please contact us (see page 3).


    In most cases the volunteers use bikes (like the rest of the

    Dutch). It is easy to bike in the Netherlands due to its flat

    surface. And camp leaders or other volunteers are often

    prepared to help you learn how to ride a bike. insurance

    SIW provides all volunteers on SIW projects with insur-

    ance cover for accidents, illness and third party injury,

    only in case personal insurances don't cover the costs.

    Volunteers are expected to bring proof of their health/

    travel insurance if they have one. Travel arrangements

    and theft of personal property are not covered. Therefore,

    all participants are advised to make their own arrange-

    ments for this purpose.

    no drugs in our work camps! The fact that soft drugs are (almost) legal in The Nether-lands is for some participants an incentive to smoke drugs whenever they want. However, in the past years this has caused many problems at work camps for the other participants, the camp leaders and the partner organization as well. Since 2000 we have adopted the rule for all our work camps that during the whole work camp, it is strictly forbidden to use drugs. Participants

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    purpose of our nature projects There is a saying that God created the world and the Dutch the Netherlands. This is exactly why we need volunteers to help with nature projects in the Nether-lands. The Netherlands doesnt have nature but they created it. First the land itself, by building dikes its now possible to live beneath sea level. And later the landscapes were formed and maintained by the economical use it had. Thousands of sheep would maintain the heath. Roof hatchers maintained our grass swamps and the use of peat for the ovens used to make that small drenched were made in the peat lands. The most beautiful natural areas in the Netherlands can therefore be considered as cultural landscapes. The problem nowadays is that there are barely any sheeps left, its cheaper to have tiles on our roofs in-stead of thatched roof and electricity is a lot simpler than burning peat. The loss of these habits means that these very unique landscapes which are so typical for the Netherlands will disappear if not maintained. If noth-ing would be done to preserve our cultural landscapes they would disappear as well as some unique plants and animals and ecosystems, leaving a forest behind. Dutch nature organizations therefore still help nature by maintaining some old uses. Nowadays they do receive any profit from the work they do, but it helps to preserve our cultural landscapes with its unique plants and ani-mals and ecosystems. In some areas however it is hard to get there with machines, and things have to be done the same way our ancestors did them; by hand. Dutch nature organizations cannot handle all this labor-intensive work. And some unique natural areas would disappear if not hundreds of volunteers would yearly help out with the maintaining of the Dutch cultural land-scape. In the summer SIW groups help out as well.

    who use drugs at any time during the work camp, will be sent away !!

    social work is interesting, but not always easy Some of our work camps are in refugee centres or in institutes for mentally and/or physically disabled per-sons. These kind of work camps can be a very interest-ing experience. However, participants should realize beforehand what it means for the kind of holiday they will have. Some people find the atmosphere in this kind of institutions very sad and hopeless. It can be difficult to be confronted with the lives of disabled people in mental hospitals and with the uncertain future refugees often have. Participants should ask themselves before-hand whether they will be able to deal with this and whether they want to participate in this type of work camps. motivation letter We ask volunteers to write a motivation letter of about half a page long, in which they can explain why they want to participate in a particular project, what kind of projects they have participated in before or experiences that fit the project. SIW and partner organizations for whom the work is done, really appreciate it if partici-pants are motivated. A motivation letter is always appre-ciated, but look for special notes in the project descrip-tions for which projects we require a motivation letter. more general information

    More detailed information about The Netherlands, travel

    information and general SIW information can be send to

    you on request. This is meant as additional information

    besides the infosheet and can be send to everyone who is

    participating in a SIW project. infosheets

    More detailed information about the project (info sheets)

    will be sent to the exchange partners. Last minute partici-

    pants will directly receive the info sheets by mail with a cc

    to the organization.

    welcome letter

    Volunteers will receive a letter from their camp leader.

    It is either sent with the info sheet to the exchange part-

    ners or directly to the volunteer. Last minute partici-

    pants will receive the welcome letter directly by mail

    with a cc to the organization.

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    Oudemolen 20-08-2011 / 03-09-2011 work Drentsche Aa offers a various landscape of woods, heath-land and meadows together with old villages. It is a per-fect area to walk through so you can see the various land-scapes. There is also a lot of water in the north of Dren-the. This part is called the stroomdallenlandschap which you can reach by bike approximately 30 minutes from Assen and Groningen. The participants will do differ-ent activities like; cutting, dredging, pilling up the paths and haymaking. accommodation Volunteers are expected to bring their own tents and sleeping materials. Minimal sanitary facilities: primitive. location Oudemolen, situated in the province of Drenthe. terminal Assen, volunteers will be picked up.

    Bakkeveen 23-07-2011 / 06-08-2011

    work This project is set in the beautiful village of Bakkeveen, situated in the north and right at the border of where the provinces Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe come together. An untained part of Fries land, known for its woods, heathland and dunes. A great place to take long walks, ride a bike and enjoy the scenery. The participants will do different activities. During this project there will also be room for recreational and cultural activities with the inhabitants of the village.

    accommodation Tents will be provided, please bring your own sleeping mattress and towels. location Bakkeveen terminal Not known yet.

    Twijzel 27-08-2011 / 10-09-2011

    work A small village in Friesland, known for its cultural-historic and blooming blue-grass landscapes and swamp forests. The participants will play an important role in the preservation of the flora and fauna of the area. Together with the state forest rangers participants will do different activities such as cutting, dredging and pilling up the paths. accommodation In-house sleeping places with beds will be provided for. location Twijzel. terminal Not known yet.

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    Ermelo 03-09-2011 / 17-03-2011


    The KNHS (Dutch Royal Sport Federation), situated in

    Ermelo is one of the biggest sport federations of the

    Netherlands. 8 disciplines of the horse riding sport are

    connected to the KNHS. The volunteers will stay at the

    KNHS and they will renovate the materials which are

    used at competitions for example beams, they will also

    help with construction of the competitions and they will do

    some work in the garden. accommodation You will stay in the hippique center itself. There is a big cafeteria were you will eat together with employees dur-ing the day and with your group during the evening. location Ermelo. It is situated in the center of the Netherlands in a natural area called de Veluwen. terminal Ermelo (station) special notes Volunteers should not expect to work with horses.

    Parkwijk exact date yet unknown


    In Utrecht there are three Emmaus location. Already for

    the third time in a row, we organize this project, which is

    situated in the city center, in the part called Parkwijk.

    Emmaus is a living - work community which also

    accommodates people, who need it, regardless of their

    reasons. All the people who are living at the Emmaus

    work at the second hand store which also includes

    recycling. The volunteers will help out at the second hand

    store which includes for example picking up second hand

    goods. accommodation Volunteers will sleep in tents of the big garden of Emmaus. They have to bring their own tents to the project. They will cook and eat together with the inhabitants of Emmaus. location Parkwijk is an area in the city of Utrecht. terminal Trainstation Utrecht Centraal, +/- 40 minutes from na-tional Airport Schiphol.

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    Winterswijk exact date yet unknown


    In the Netherlands we have a lot of asylum seeker

    centers. These locations are the living areas for

    migrants and refugees who want to apply for Dutch

    citizenship, because they cannot live in their own

    country anymore. Sometimes these persons live for

    several years in these centers and every half a year

    they have to move from one center to the other. The

    centers try their hardest to make their stay as pleasant

    as possible: they organize activities and Dutch language

    classes and they learn them about many aspects of the

    Dutch society. The center in Winterswijk is one of the

    biggest in the Netherlands and looks like a small village

    on its own. In the summer holiday some of the children

    can spend time with family on other locations, but the

    children that stay in the accommodation are bored,

    because there is no school and they are not going on

    holiday. Our participants will organize recreational (such

    as creativity classes and theatre) and sports activities for

    and with refugee children and youngsters of 4-18 years

    old, during their summer holiday. accommodation You will stay in a scout center near the asylum seeker center. Participants need to bring sleeping bag and mattress. You will cook together with the other participants. location Winterswijk terminal Trainstation Winterswijk

    Kanaleneiland exact date yet unknown

    work This project will take place in Kanaleneiland, situated in the heart of The Netherlands in the city of Utrecht, and well-known for its multicultural inhabitants. A area that has seen a big growth of social housing in the 60s and has therefore attracted a huge number of people from different cultural backgrounds. This has made Kanaleneiland into a melting pot of cultures and a very interesting and characteristic part of Utrecht. Volunteers will do a variety of jobs in this area. accommodation A in-house place to sleep, in the middle of the area, will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own sleeping mattress and towels. location The city of Utrecht, in the very heart of the Netherlands. terminal Trainstation Utrecht Centraal, +/- 40 minutes from na-tional Airport Schiphol.

  • SIW in short

    SIW is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary service

    organization that was founded in 1953.

    our objectives

    stimulate the personal growth and development of

    young people;

    encourage international contact and understanding;

    carry out social, cultural and environmental work.

    our activities

    These objectives are realized by the following activities:

    sending young people (16 to 35 years old) from the

    Netherlands to projects abroad

    welcoming young people from abroad in interna-

    tional volunteer projects in the Netherlands;

    organizing trainings for people of SIW and camp


    our organization

    In the Netherlands, SIW is one of the largest organiza-

    tions running projects and sending volunteers abroad on

    this scale. The activities of SIW, based in the city Utrecht,

    are organized by volunteers. SIW employs three persons

    for the administrative and financial work concerning the

    exchange and the Dutch projects.

    Each year, a general assembly decides on policies for the

    coming year. An executive board is responsible for exe-

    cuting the assembly's decisions. Besides the board there

    is a supporting group which exist out of two committees,

    the incoming and the outgoing committee. Our 70 volun-

    teers are divided into subgroups who each deal with a

    specific area such as the Publicity Group, Asia Group and

    Dutch Projects Group. Each group has various tasks,

    such as organizing the voluntary work camps in the Neth-


    our sources of income

    SIW's income largely consists of contributions and sub-

    scription fees from the project participants, and funds for

    projects in the Netherlands. These subsidies come from

    different sources. The foundation does not receive any

    regular grants.

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