Vacature, 16 november 2021

Coach legal procedures azc

Are you an enthusiastic go-getter with a positive and down-to-earth mentality? Are you invested in keeping people from deportation to their home countries, where they will be at serious risk? And would you like to help them with their asylum application or reunification? Then quickly read on, because the volunteering position of coach legal procedures azc (asylum seekers’ centre) is cut out for you! NB: legal experience or knowledge is not necessary, you will be thoroughly equipped through training. Time investment: min. 1 day a week.

Your role

As a coach legal procedures you assist refugees with their asylum application. You provide general information on procedures and specific information on the status of their specific procedure. Based on their file you make an analysis of their story of flight, identfying the strong and weak points legally speaking.
Get a quick impression of working as a volunteer, looking over the shoulder of student and volunteer David:

These will be your tasks:

  • Informing clients at an azc (asylum seekers’ centre) on and assisting them with their asylum application, family reunification, naturalization and other legal matters. This may take place at several azc's depending on the need with clients (e.g. Katwijk, Oegstgeest, Wassenaar/Duinrell, Zoetermeer).
  • Monitoring procedure progress and guarding critical deadlines.
  • Maintaining contact with lawyer(s), the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), the Dutch Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), the Legal Aid Board (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and colleagues at VluchtelingenWerk.
  • Assisting clients in external contact and correspondence with different associations such as the IND, Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V), embassies etc.
  • Informing, assisting or referring clients regarding their repatriation or new application.
  • Documenting data in our digital client registration system.
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments regarding asylum and legal matters.

This is you:

You have affinity with or are interested in legal procedures and you are willing to follow training. However you do not need any legal experience! You are an easy communicator, can work systematically and are able to analyse files and (legal) documents. You are a go-getter and can handle setbacks. You are available at a minimum of 1 day a week. You have a respectful attitude towards cultural differences and can handle confidential information with integrity. We ask all our volunteers for a Verklaring omtrent Gedrag. Access to a car, scooter or e-bike and possession of a drivers’ licence is a plus, (but not demanded) because the azc’s are often poorly reachable by public transport. You speak English or Dutch.

You do not want to miss out on this opportunity, because:

  • You get to volunteer for the greatest non-profit of the Netherlands!
  • You will work in a challenging and exciting work-environment;
  • Your personal development and initiative are important to us;
  • You will be thoroughly equipped through training and will have plenty of opportunities to follow extensive training of your choice;
  • You will work in a great team, supervised by a professional;
  •  You get to travel the world without leaving the country: a lot of opportunities to get to know other cultures;
  •  Compensation of costs;
  •  But above all: you really get to make a difference for someone who has had to leave everything behind.

This is what your colleague-volunteers have to say:

'Every day is different, you go from one extreme into the other: from deep sorrow to enormous joy. As a team we support eachother and I can always count on my teamleader.’ Thijs, coach legal procedures VluchtelingenWerk

‘This could have ended so differently, and much less positively. That feeling, that’s what it’s all about for us as volunteers.’ Iet, coach legal procedures VluchtelingenWerk


You do not want to miss out on this experience! Are you interested in volunteering as a Coach legal procedures azc? Or would you like some more information? Send an email, mentioning volunteering vacancy coach legal procedures to teamleader Dorien Ruiter: or call: 071-3417760.