Volunteer With Us

The Expatriate Archive Centre exists to facilitate research on expatriate life, and we cannot do so without the great work from our team of volunteers. We offer the opportunity to join a professional team, make a valuable contribution, and develop new skills. Each volunteer receives training suitable for their role.
Volunteers are vital to the work that we do. Our volunteers work in a range of different roles and on various projects depending on their background and skills. English is the working language of the archive.
We usually have 10 to 15 volunteers at any one time. They come from all over the world and have different backgrounds, abilities, and age groups. Many of them are expats or repatriates.
At this time, staff and volunteers work remotely because of COVID regulations set by the government of the Netherlands. We always post open volunteer positions on our social media channels and on our News page. Remote volunteer applicants must hold a valid EU work permit. Those interested in volunteering with us can also send an open application with a CV and brief motivational letter to welcome@xpatarchive.com.


We ask for enthusiasm, an inquisitive mind, computer literacy and an interest in social history. Our office hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 – 16:00. We ask for a minimum commitment of 1 day per week at the archive over a period of at least 6 months, although the occasional short-term project is possible. This time commitment is because often project-related training is necessary.
Our volunteers have a variety of professional and scholarly backgrounds, but having skills or experience in archival studies, library studies, marketing or social media is always a plus. If you have questions specific to a volunteer role, please contact us.

Volunteer Openings

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we encourage you to read each position’s requirements carefully before applying. Please note that a CV and motivational statement are required for each application.

There are a few permanent volunteer positions for which we accept applications on a rolling basis and keep a waiting list for. We also have volunteer positions for specific projects or that may be ongoing or have a project-bound timeline. Visit our News page to see all project-based volunteer openings.

Permanent volunteer openings (links contain PDF attachments):



We offer opportunities for internships, ideally combined with a research project. Learn more about researching at the Expatriate Archive Centre on our Research page.

Volunteer Excursions


The Expatriate Archive Centre organises regular excursions for our volunteers. Whether they are to other archives, museums, local institutions, or an organised hike through some of the region’s beautiful landscapes, it’s one way we like to thank them for their commitment and their time spent helping us.