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Sustainable Development Goals - A New Way to Find Your Perfect Volunteer Opportunity!

Written by Gabriel Rodriguez

At Volunteer The Hague, we've done our very best to keep our database of volunteer opportunities organized, up-to-date, and easily searchable! Based on a lot of feedback from our fellow internationals, we've improved the functionality of our database over the years in many ways: Over the years, we've added settings so that listings can be searched by type of organization, required skills, and even location within The Hague region. Now we're adding another way you can find your perfect volunteer opportunity: Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs!

SDGs (also known as Global Goals) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all," according to a 2017 Resolution by the United Nations. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the UN General Assembly as part of their "Agenda 2030" initiative, with the hope that these goals can largely be achieved by participating nations by the year 2030. (You can find a complete list of SDGs below.)

Given that this is a global initiative with important and laudable goals for all of us, we've added functionality to our website that organizes volunteer listings by SDG! Are the goals of Climate Action or No Poverty important to you? Then you can search listings by those SDGs to find volunteer opportunities that match what's important to you! And if you're simply browsing our listings, you can now see what SDGs a particular listing or organization is targeting. We hope this added functionality will help you more easily find opportunities and organizations that align with your personal goals and values and make your time volunteering even more meaningful. We encourage you all to give it a try!

For your reference, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are: (1) No Poverty, (2) Zero Hunger, (3) Good Health and Well-being, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (6) Clean Water and Sanitation, (7) Affordable and Clean Energy, (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, (10) Reduced Inequality, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (12) Responsible Consumption and Production, (13) Climate Action, (14) Life Below Water, (15) Life On Land, (16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, (17) Partnerships for the Goals

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Did you know that the Municipality of The Hague hosts over 135,000 volunteers? In every corner of every neighborhood, there are people who volunteer for a more healthy, involved, and caring city. We at Volunteer the Hague are so proud of all of the international volunteers included in this number, as they never let the difficulty of a new environment get in their way of giving back! As a thank you, the municipality has launched a web store especially for volunteers in The Hague! Have you been active as a volunteer with an institution in The Hague for 3 months or longer? Then you can choose a gift in the web store – you’ve earned it!     Please register until December 31, 2022 to be eligible for one or more gifts:  If you register between October 1 and December 31, 2022, you will receive the credits by post around 1 February 2023.   For any questions about the webshop, please contact the Den Haag Doet service team at or visit their website here. Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

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