Event Recap: Mix & Match October 2022
On the 6th of October, Volunteer The Hague held its semi-annual Mix & Match Volunteer Job Fair at The Humanity Hub. The event brought together local residents and various non-profit organisations to connect internationals with volunteer opportunities in the community.
The Mix & Match fair featured 25 organisations, all focusing on a variety of fields and interests, including human rights, social justice, elderly care, animal and environmental causes, and so much more. Each organisation had a booth where they could share information about their mission and the types of volunteer work available. The event attracted more than 150 visitors from The Hague region. Many of the attendees were interested in volunteering for the first time, while others were looking for new opportunities.
We were honoured to have Jan van Zanen, the mayor of The Hague, open the event with a welcome address to the international community. International volunteers often have a great deal of knowledge and expertise to make a significant contribution to society, said Jan van Zanen. The mayor highlighted the contribution of voluntary work to the strength of the city and thanked those willing to volunteer.
Besides the booths representing local non-profits, there were two workshops for the attendees willing to make a career transition or find new opportunities. Elena Mellara gave a presentation on how to use volunteering and internships as leverage for job success, followed by free one-on-one CV advice power meetings. Another highlight of the event was the presentation on how volunteering can sharpen your current skills and impact your professional life by Tetyana Benzeroual, Project Lead of Volunteer The Hague.
The October edition of the Mix & Match Volunteer Job Fair was a great success, with many participants expressing gratitude for the chance to come together and make a positive impact on their community. The event showcased the many ways that volunteering can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for people of all ages and walks of life. It goes without saying that the Mix & Match Fair was also a fantastic opportunity to meet other expats and share experiences and tips about living in The Hague region. All in all, 92% of the attendees rated the event as “Very Good” and “Good”, and 69% reported that they intend to make use of the information they received at the event immediately.
“There was a great amount of diversity in what was being offered, it did feel like there was something for everyone”
“Very well-organised and inspiring”
“I appreciated the enthusiasm of the people working and volunteering for the organizations represented”
Save the date
The next edition of the Mix & Match Volunteer Job Fair will take place on the 13th of May at The Social Hub. We look forward to welcoming you there!