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Volunteer The Hague's Mix & Match Networking Events

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Our 2019 Mix & Match Networking Event fast approaching! Registration for the 10 December event is now open and space is limited, so don't delay and register now!

If you are a representative of a non-profit organisation that is looking share more about the work that you do (as well as register prospective volunteers on the spot at the event!), please join us by registering here. 

2019 'Mix & Match' Networking Event - 10 December

From small things like finding places to eat and to socialize, to important things like finding housing or a job, we internationals face sharp learning curves as we set up and live our lives here in the Netherlands. We know that all of you are up to the challenge, but it's always nice to have a little help and advice - and to offer what you've learned in your personal journey to others! 

In that spirit, Volunteer The Hague is proud to invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for our latest “Mix & Match” Networking Event! As always, this event will be attended by other local expats and internationals with whom to network, as well as amazing nonprofit organizations with whom you can volunteer! Committed organizations such as Kessler Foundation, Moeders Informeren Moeders, Foodbank Haaglanden, and Florence Locatie Mariahoeve will be in attendance, as well as other nonprofits that specialize in a wide variety of service areas: animal care, human rights, social justice, refugee and migrant assistance, homelessness, elderly care, child care, the environment, and so much more. So there is something for everyone, no matter your background or specialization!

And to start off our event, we have teacher and linguist Gabriel Rodriguez to speak on a topic we know has been on the minds every expat at some point - learning foreign languages! A language teacher for nearly 15 years and a Stanford University-trained linguist, Gabriel will offer attendees practical tips and tricks for learning the Dutch language quickly and efficiently. And don't worry if your Dutch is already advanced, because these tips and tricks can be applied to your studies when learning any foreign language! 

We hope you'll join us on December 10 for this fantastic learning and networking opportunity. Hope to see you there!

SIGN UP EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED

Event Program
15:30 - 16:00 Registration and pre-event reception
16:00 - 16:30 Presentation 
16:30 - 18:00 Networking 
 
VTH Networking Event, December 2019 edition
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 15:30 - 18:00
Dress code: Business Casual
Cost: FREE EVENT!

About the Presenter

Gabriel Rodriguez has worked as an ESL and foreign language educator since 2005. He has experience teaching several languages in a wide array of educational environments: He has taught English to children and adults in Japan, China, and Korea, and has taught Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish at universities in the United States. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Japanese and East Asian History from the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained his Master's degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Stanford University. Before coming to the Netherlands earlier this year, Gabriel worked as a lecturer of Japanese Language and Culture at Portland State University. He now spends his time as a freelance translator and localizer, as well as researching and writing about linguistics and foreign language teaching. He also very much enjoys volunteering his time as Communications Officer with Volunteer The Hague!

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What are Mix & Match Networking Events?

We at Volunteer The Hague are thrilled to be able to offer ‘Mix & Match' Networking Events periodically, to help both organisations and internationals connect with each other. This initiative was launched in 2015 and it has been a resounding success so far! These events focus on highlighting the benefits of volunteering by showcasing non-profit organisations, providoing networking opportunities, and helping non-profit organisations connect with prospective volunteers.

In addition to these events being a fantastic opportunity for networking, we also invite a guest speaker to speak to our attendees! These speakers are experts in their fields, all of which are of interest to expats and internationals living in the Netherlands. Our amazing past speakers have included experts who have discussed a wide variety of topics, including psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, business networking skills, Dutch non-profits, and so much more. 

For a visual impression of past Mix & Match Networking Events, please click here.

If you are a representative of a non-profit organisation that is looking to share more about the work that you do, as well as connect with prospective volunteers at our events, we would love to hear from you! We would also love to hear from you if you are an expert in a field that may be of interest to local internationals, and are interested in taking up the speaker’s opportunity at our event - or if you know of an expert who fits the bill! Please email Volunteer The Hague Project Manager Tetyana Benzeroual at t.benzeroual@pepdenhaag.nl for more information.

2018 Wrap Up

Volunteer The Hague has grown so much this past year - all thanks to you! Because of our amazing international volutneers and all of the inspiring nonprofits in The Hague, our community - and the world - is truly a better place. Each "Mix & Match" Networking Event has only become more and more successful as time has gone on, and we have been able help match dozens of nonprofit organizations with hundreds of volutneers in 2018 alone. We only hope that our wonderful volunteers will continue to step up and volunteer their skills and their time, and that our fantastic partner organizations will continue to look for volunteers with us through 2019 and beyond.

For those who would like to join our future events, be sure to stay updated with what we have to offer by joining our mailing list. And are you an organization that woud like to participate in our next Mix & Match Networking Event? Sign up to be notified so that you can register your spot as soon as possible!

We at Volunteer The Hague wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year in 2020!

November 2018 Edition

Our final Mix & Match Networking Event of the year was hosted on November 14 and was a resounding success. Over 100 expats living and working in The Hague area attended, eager to get to know the many fantastic organizations with volunteering opportunities. Our keynote speaker Vassia Sarantopoulou of AntiLonliness spoke about the importance of self-reliance in reaching one's goals -- especially when one makes the brave action of moving to a foreign country! Last but not least, we had a dozen nonprofits who attended to speak about their volunteering jobs, ranging from fields such as animal shelters to gardening projects, and from refugee homestays to neighborhood social events through cooking. 

November 14, 2018 Participating Organizations

September 2018 edition

Our second Mix & Match networking event of 2018 was hosted on September 26. Over 115 internationals attended, along with 18 representatives from 10 various nonprofit organizations. Its success cannot be attributed without both the eager volunteers and organizations' attendance, thank you! Our keynote speaker, Gerko Visée, presented on the topic on finding jobs for internationals in The Hague, titled "Expats Connected: Jobs, Volunteering and Working in The Hague." Many nonprofits also spoke about their organizations, ranging from a variety of missions from advocacy of human rights, to integration, and to breaking down the stigmas of autism. 

September 26, 2018 Participating Organizations

June 2018 edition

We hosted the first edition of 2018's Mix & Match networking event June 6th. We had over 92 internationals and eight organisations participating in the event. The event was a  success owing to the participants and the organisations’ presence. Our guest speaker, Manilde Buys, spoke on the topic 'Volunteering for integration and socioemotional well being'. In addition, several non-profit organisations introduced themselves to volunteers and shared about volunteering activities that exist in their organisations.  

June 6, 2018 Participating Organisations

November 2017 edition

The fifth and the last edition of 2017's Mix & Match networking event took place on November 1st at the Humanity House Museum. We had 110 internationals and eight organizations participating in the event. The event was a  success owing to the participants and the organisations’ presence. Our guest speaker, Ms. Nettie van der Luit, spoke on the topic - 'The benefits of volunteering on your psychology and how it can transform your career.' In addition, several non-profit organisations introduced themselves to volunteers and shared details of the volunteering activities that exist in their organisations.  

November 1, 2017 Participating Organisations

October 2017 edition

We hosted the fourth edition of 2017's Mix & Match Networking Event on October 4th. We had over 140 internationals and eight organizations participating in the event. The event was a  success owing to the participants and the organizations’ presence. It was in fact our 'most attended' event of the year. 
Our guest speaker, Helmi Farouk Tatanaki, spoke on the topic - 'Unlearning limiting assumptions and removing self-imposed boundaries with the help of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and how volunteering can play a major role in the process.' In addition, several non-profit organisations introduced themselves to volunteers and shared about volunteering activities that exist in their organisations.  

October 4, 2017 Participating Organisations

August 2017 edition

We hosted the third edition 2017's Mix & Match Networking Event on August 30. We had over 100 internationals and 10 organizations participating in the event. The event was a success owing to the participants and the organizations’ presence and participation despite the bad weather. 
Our motivational speaker for the day, Deborah Valentine, shed light on the topic, “What volunteering role suits YOU? Questions to consider before committing to a volunteer role". In addition, several non-profit organisations introduced themselves to volunteers and shared about volunteering activities that exist in their organisations.  We also introduced our brand new #vthnetworking during this event. 

August 30, 2017 Participating Organisations

June 2017 edition

The second Mix & Match Networking Event of the year was again a great success! Almost 120 internationals came to network with local organisations and discuss volunteer opportunities to make a difference in the community we live in. Our motivational speaker Cathy Delhanty gave an informative presentation on the topic: "Volunteering is Limited only by your Imagination". In addition, ten local organisations gave a pitch and presented on their volunteer opportunities.

June 14, 2017 Participating Organisations

April 2017 edition

The first Networking Event Series of the year at Volunteer The Hague this year, April 12th, was a great success! Around 90 internationals came to network with local organisations and discuss volunteer opportunities to make a difference in the community we live in. Our inspiring speaker Mohamed Ittidar gave a wonderful presentation on: "Volunteering: The Key to Establishing Outstanding Relationships". In addition, several local organisations gave a pitch and presented on their volunteer opportunities.

April 12, 2017 Participating Organisations

December 2016 edition

The fifth event in the Networking Event Series of Volunteer The Hague this year, December 7th, was a great success! Around 80 internationals came to network with local organisations and discus volunteer opportunities to make a difference in the community we live in. Our inspiring speaker Renée Veldman-Tentori gave a wondeful presentation on how to create your own curriculum: understanding the effect of the 'E-learning Explosion for volunteers. In addition, several local organisations gave a pitch and presented on their volunteer opportunities.

Participating Organisations December 7, 2016

October 2016 edition

The fourth event in the Networking Event Series of Volunteer The Hague this year, October 26th, was a great success! Around 70 internationals came to network with local organisations and discus volunteer opportunities to make a difference in the community we live in. Our inspiring speaker Vassia Sarantopoulou gave a wondeful presentation on how volunteering can defeat loneliness. In addition several local organisations gave a pitch and presented on their volunteer opportunities.

Participating Organisations October 26, 2016

August 2016 edition

The third event in the Networking Event Series of Volunteer The Hague this year, August 31st, turned out much bigger than we expected. It was a great success! Around 90 internationals from all around the world located in The Hague area came to discuss with local organisations opportunities to make a difference in the community we live in. Our inspiring speaker O'ona Souissi gave a great presentation on how volunteering can contribute to boost a career. In addition several local organisations gave a pitch and presented on their volunteer opportunities. 
 
Our purpose for these events is to give you the unique opportunity to interact with local organisations and other internationals, so you can find a place to volunteer, to meet new like-minded people, and to make great connections.  It is such a joy for us to see that our events indeed meets this purpose and we are thrilled to see people go out and volunteer. 

Participating Organisations August 31, 2016

June 2016 edition

On June 23, 2016 Volunteer The Hague team organised its second event of the year from the Networking Event Series. The event once again this year proved to be a great success for our internationals. Eighty volunteers from all over, came eager to find a place where they can contribute and make a difference in the community. It was such a joy to watch organisations in the same room meet with potential volunteers and make connections. The atmosphere was so vibrant, you could feel volunteers really enjoying themselves at the event. Not to mention the fact that they had the chance to chat with the participating organisations and also meet Manuela Damant, the speaker of the mini workshop, to ask more questions on volunteering. We look very much forward to hear stories from our volunteers and find out how the volunteering experience is impacting them personally as they make a difference in the community. 

Please don’t forget to check out the pictures from the event here

Participating Organisations June 23, 2016

April 2016 edition

On Wednesday 13 April, 2016 Volunteer The Hague hosted its first event of this year. As we look back, it was so wonderful to see future volunteers connect with local organisations based in The Hague.

At the event we had six organisations give a brief presentation about what they do, and how internationals can be involved. We also had a mini workshop with Emilija Trajkovik-Hristova where she talked about "Start fulfilling your vision for a dream job today."
It was a lovely evening and lots of connections were made between the organisations and attendees. Our favourite part was meeting and networking with the new and old guests together with the local non-profit organisations. It was an amazing evening with wonderful people in a great atmosphere. Our guests went home learning that there is something to do for everyone, acknowledging that those who can, do. And those who can do more, volunteer. 
Our pictures from the event will be up on Facebook very soon, please check the Facebook page regularly.

Participating Organisations April 13, 2016

December 2015 edition

On 9th of December 2015, we successfully hosted our last event of 2015. One of the highlights of the event was our guest speaker Tessa Faber, founder of Making Sense. In an interactive session Tessa introduced everyone to the seven easy steps about "How to brand and express yourself".  
Around 12 local not-for-profit organisations came along us last year and had the opportunity to share about themselves and different ways internationals in The Hague can get involved.

Participating Organisations December 09, 2015