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Mix & Match Volunteer The Hague Networking Events

November 2018 edition of 'Mix & Match' networking events

Your life is yours and yours only. No matter the life step, whether it be finding a job, starting a business, taking care of a family or making friends, relying on yourself is the strongest trait you can have for a successful future. Join us on November 14, 2018 for our last “Mix & Match” networking event of the year, filled with internationals to network with and amazing nonprofits to volunteer with that specialize in a wide variety of areas such as animal shelters that find homes for hundreds of stray cats and dogs in The Hague, nonprofits that focus on matching host families with refugees, foundations that bind the community through cooking and social activities,  gardening projects and even working at the gift shop at the Escher Museum! There really is something for everyone, no matter your background or specialization!

To wrap up 2018, the topic presented will be all about self-reliance in a foreign country to maximize achievement of your personal life goals -- a kick start to the next year! When you are self-reliant, you own your choices and take action to ensure that you meet all of your goals and responsibilities. Self-reliance is an important characteristic to nurture when it comes to decision making, and a happier life in a foreign country. Be sure to register as soon as possible and learn from our keynote speaker Vassia Sarantopoulou of AntiLoneliness about how to grow more self-confidence, become more involved with your community, and take action of your life through volunteering. Titled “Self Reliance and Volunteering: How to grasp your life goals in The Hague,” your dreams and aspirations will easily fit in with your new life as an expat in one of Europe’s most multicultural cities.

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Event Program
15:30 - 16:00 Registration and pre-event reception
16:00 - 17:00 Presentations 
17:00 - 18:00 Networking 

VTH networking event, November 2018 edition
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 15:30 - 18:00
Dress code: Business Casual
Cost: Free event

About the participating organizations:
Stichting Bij-1
– A district-wide initiative whose goal is tob ring children and their parents together through all kinds of activities.
St. Union Cultural – An organization that ecologically gardens to and for children of migrant families, facilitating integration through gardening and language.
Stichting de Paleiswinkel in het Escher Museum – Ran entirely by volunteers, all proceeds of the Museum shop benefit the art and culture sector in The Hague.
Stichting Vooruitgang Door Zelfwekzaamheld – Committed to creating opportunities for people (mainly newcomers) who are lagging behind the labor market by means of, among other things, Dutch language courses.
Resto vanHarte – An organization that aims to draw attention to and actively combat loneliness and social isolation of people from all walks of life, by creating meeting places for connecting, cooking and eating together.
Hoeve Biesland – A nonprofit garden project on an organic dairy farm.
Stichting Takecarebnb – Matches refugees with a valid residence permit with host families all around the Netherlands, so that they can wait for their permits at homes instead of refugee centers.
Volleyball Vereninging Kalinko – A volleyball club for young and old, recreational and high competitive play.
Stichting Haags Dierencentrum – For over 140 years, this organization has served as a “home” and shelter for a yearly 1,700 stray dogs and cats in the Hague.
COC – Haaglanden – A advocacy group for the LGBT community in the Hague since 1947, committed to equal rights, emancipation and social acceptance.
Meet the British Foundation – Organizes excursion travel to Great Britain and Malta, where participants stay with British and/or Maltese host families.
Reach & Teach - A foundation that aims to assist the integration of newcomers (statusholders, asylumspeakers, migrants) in the Hague and the outskirts by offering Dutch and English classes, a buddy system and organizing social events.
De Vrije Ruimte – A democratic school for ages 4-18 where students choose their activities and decide together which agreements the school needs.
Stichting Vrije Tijd Thuishulp en Vorming – An organization which supports mentally challenged people in the field of their free time and training.

The speaker

Vassia Sarantopoulou is a counselor-psychologist and founder of AntiLoneliness. She has studied psychology in Athens, Greece, and has completed two Master courses: one in Counseling and Career Guidance (Athens) and one in Psychology (Leiden University, Netherlands). She expands her professional skills by participating in trainings in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), and Grief Counseling. She has been supporting her clients through hard times, especially when they are dealing with: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, transition, fears, self-sabotage, loneliness, procrastination, perfectionism, anger, divorce and more. Moreover, she has been the lecturer in seminars and workshops concerning Career Counselling, Stress Management, Parenting, Self-Awareness, and also the main speaker to various conferences and presentations, talking about leadership, empowerment and relationships. Vassia conducts ongoing research on loneliness and its effect in the Netherlands with her AntiLoneliness team.

Join us and Vassia to learn about about various volunteering opportunities available to internationals in The Hague, and to listen to her presentation on "Self-Reliance and Volunteering: How to grasp your life goals in The Hague." Register now, and invite your friends!

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Gift card and more!

Event attendees will be in the draw to win a VVV gift card for shopping both online and in-store! These cards work in dozens of popular stores that range from sport, beauty, hobby and more. We hope you will be the lucky winner so register now to our November 14th Mix and Match Networking Event. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

What are Mix & Match networking events

We organise ‘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. The event focuses on highlighting the benefits of volunteering, showcasing non-profit organisations, networking and helping non-profit organisations connect with prospective volunteers.

Apart from networking, we also invite a speaker, who’s an expert in their field talk on their subject of expertise, at the event. To give you an idea of who we invite as speakers - we’ve had a Psychologist, an expert on Neuro Linguistic Programming, an expert on non-profits, a Business Networking Skills expert speak at our events in the past.

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

*If you are a representative of a non-profit organisation that is looking share more about the work it does and hire volunteers on the spot at an event, please email Tetyana Benzeroual at t.benzeroual@pepdenhaag.nl. Also, if you’re an expert in your field and are interested in taking up the speaker’s opportunity at our event or know of an expert who fits the bill, please email Tetyana Benzeroual with the details at t.benzeroual@pepdenhaag.nl.

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

Participating Organisations November 11, 2015