I am planning to stay in Amsterdam for around 2 months to visit my brother. Is there any restriction to do non-paid volunteer work in Amsterdam. I hold a Nicaragua passport.

  • Usually you need a work visa even to legally do volunteer work, but I don't know if the Netherlands is usual in this regard or not. – hippietrail Oct 22 '12 at 7:59

Yes. You are allowed to do vrijwilligerswerk, as it is called in Dutch, if you have a legal permit to be there. One exception is when you are awaiting a decision as to your status. This site contains Dutch-language information on the topic. Google Translate may be your friend.

However, you might need to be careful with insurances: See here.

I don't know if you can get a visa through doing the volunteer labour, though.

I would recommend to contact the organisation where you want to do volunteer labour for practical issues.

  • I will just go as a tourist. Every time I stay for a little while in a place I like to do something good. I am not looking to get a visa through volunteer labor. But I would like to know if there is any restriction in volunteer work as a tourist because I would hate to break the law in another country. Thanks for the info. I will check. – cayerdis Oct 22 '12 at 15:45
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    like all visa related questions for any country, it's best to contact an embassy or consulate for that country. – jwenting Oct 23 '12 at 0:51
  • You're right. I will check and I will post the answer and experience. – cayerdis Oct 23 '12 at 19:09

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