News & Events blog

We aim to match refugees, locals, organizations and companies based on professions, skills and expertizes. Our networking groups, projects and events  enable refugees to find contacts who can help them to further develop professional skills and ambitions.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a selection of inspiring events and projects organized and/or facilitated by our community.

De Correspondent interview met Joost van der Hel

'Vluchtelingen aan een baan helpen: zo regelen we dat' Er zijn genoeg banen in Nederland. Toch slagen vluchtelingen er amper in werk te vinden. Daarom sprak De Correspondent met drie experts die dagelijks vluchtelingen aan werk helpen, inclusief onze oprichter Joost...

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BORO*ATELIER IS OP ZOEK NAAR TALENT

Ben jij een doener (liefst uit Amsterdam) die graag in een team werkt en het liefst ervaring en/ of affiniteit heeft met een van de volgende ambachten: verven van textiel, zeefdrukken en naaien. In ons productie atelier maken we duurzame textielproducten en produceren...

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We are searching for teachers English!

Are you a statusholder with extensive experience as a teacher English? Newcomers with extensive experience as a teacher are invited to the Professional Pathways for Amsterdam Statushouders program! There is shortage of teachers in the Netherlands, including teachers...

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Werk en vluchtelingen: ongekend talent

Op maandag 27 maart 2017 organiseert het ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid in samenwerking met de werkgeversorganisaties AWVN, VNO-NCW en MKB-Nederland de bijeenkomst Werk en vluchtelingen: ongekend talent, over het inzetten van nieuwe Nederlanders...

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Please complete our membership form

Refugee Start Force is a network community with the aim to match refugees, locals, organizations and companies based on professions, skills and expertises.   Please complete this form so we can contact you for interesting projects, events, workshops, internships and...

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Krapteberoepen in Nederland

Het UWV meldt dat werkgevers weer vaker problemen hebben om vacatures te vervullen. Vooral in de techniek en ict is er sprake van personeelsschaarste, maar ook in de zorg, de bouw en het onderwijs....

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Amsterdam Museum Expert Meeting

Today we had a great brainstorm session and came up with ideas and plans on how musea can help newcomers. From free access for Dutch and refugees coming together, museum visits with companies and work experience possibilities! Thanks Amsterdam Museum for supporting...

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There is no difference

Met de expositie There Is No Difference wil fotograaf Willemijn Kappers de overeenkomsten laten zien tussen Nederlanders en vluchtelingen. Heel veel dank aan alle Refugee Start Force leden die hebben meegewerkt aan dit geweldige initiatief! Lees meer over de expositie...

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TROPENMUSEUM – EXHIBITION ALEPPO

The Tropenmuseum is searching for Syrian hosts for the exhibition Aleppo (31 March - 10 September 2017). Did you live or work in Aleppo and would you be willing to share your memories or personal stories about the city with us? We are looking for people that speak...

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Operatie Zohre

Om als vluchteling een nieuw bestaan op te bouwen in Nederland is vaak best lastig. Hoe doe je dat, integreren? Ik zoek het uit. ???? Volg mij en deel je tips op Operatie Zohre. As a refugee it's not always easy to start a new life in The Netherlands. How does is...

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NEEDED INTERVIEWERS

  Do you speak both Dutch and/or English and Syrian Arabic? We are looking for interviewers for a large field survey. Labyrinth Onderzoek & Advies is looking for interviewers for a large field survey, who speak both Dutch and/or English and Syrian Arabic. You...

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Het kan wel

Het kan wel sprak initiatiefnemer Joost van der Hel over Refugee Start Force, het winnen van de ASN Bank Wereldprijs en zijn plannen voor de toekomst....

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Student Jobcoach

Are you looking for work experience, employment or education, and could you use some help? Unsure about what you can do with your expertise and skills? Or are you simply interested in new opportunities? Do you want to gain work experience beside your language lessons?...

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Networking event for journalists

Thanks Onfile for hosting this great network meeting for refugee journalists and writers! It was a very inspiring event. Tolhuistuin, thanks for hosting! Are you a journalist or writer? Visit http://www.onfile.eu and learn more about this fantastic...

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Soccer club SDZ is looking for volunteers

Assistant – trainer soccer 3-6 hrs a week SDZ is a soccer club in Amsterdam West (Transformaterweg 10, Amsterdam) with 1100 members and 70 teams that play in the soccer competition. SDZ also offers children in the age of 5-14 years the ability to play soccer, without...

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Thanks to all Opencribbers!

Before we forget and dive fully into the new year, we want to thank all the people - newcomers and locals - who opened their homes and hearts these holidays and spent time together to meet, eat, drink, laugh and share during our first #Opencrib edition. With many...

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Zina’s kitchen party

Zina’s kitchen is glad to invite you to attend the party arranged to celebrate the completion of a successful year of her company. We are inviting you on behalf of Zina’s kitchen team. We would be happy to mark your presence at the party and would love to celebrate...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Today Refugee Start Force is 1 old! Exactly 1 year ago we started RSF with a group of 5 people. Now more than 25000 people joined our community. Over 100 companies and organizations joined our mission, thousands of coffees were drinked and many newcomers made friends...

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SER onderzoekt praktijkvoorbeelden

De SER heeft zich gebogen over de vraag hoe vluchtelingen met een verblijfsvergunning sneller aan het werk kunnen komen. Hiervoor heeft de raad de bestaande aanpak rond de arbeidsparticipatie van vluchtelingen tegen het licht gehouden. Bijzondere aandacht is er voor...

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NEEDED NEWCOMER FOR NOS NEWS ITEM

Tomorrow the Social Economic Advisory Board (SER) will present a report about the integration process of newcomers into the Dutch labour market. The NOS requested me to search for a newcomer who like to give a small interview to the news channel about the difficulties...

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OPENCRIB

A few weeks ago we got together with Ben&Jerry’s, TakecareBNB and Refugee Start Force at our Whocares headquarters. Like many people, we are concerned by the growing division in our communities. Fear and prejudice are on the rise, and that simply isn’t cool....

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Wanted: candidates for War Child

NEEDED CANDIDATES FOR VOLUNTEER JOB AT WAR CHILD AMSTERDAM We are collaborating and recruiting candidates for a job at War Child in Amsterdam for the project 'Can’t Wait to Learn'. Do you have teaching experience with at least 3 years at an elementary school? Than we...

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Entrepreneurship dinner for newcomers

Happy to announce that the launch of a full entrepreneurship program for 'newcomers' at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, in these upcoming months. This program is specifically designed for refugees who are interested in creating their own businesses in...

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Bijeenkomst Verbinding in de Samenleving

Op maandag 21 november organiseerde het ministerie van Sociale zaken en Werkgelegenheid de bijeenkomst Verbinding in de Samenleving. Van deze inspirerende bijeenkomst is dit verslag gemaakt. Bent u na het lezen van het verslag geïnspireerd om verder te werken aan...

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Koop jij weleens bij deze webshops?

Koop je wel eens online? Bestel je je eten wel eens online? Wil jij geld doneren aan Refugee Start Force zonder dat het je iets kost? Ga dan naar je webshop via http://sponsormeter.com/RefugeeStartForce Refugee Start Force krijgt een klein bedrag of percentage van...

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Up! voor en door vluchtelingenkinderen.

Up! is een project voor en door vluchtelingenkinderen, waarbij kinderen op asielzoekerscentra (AZC's) door heel Nederland zelf filmpjes leren maken onder begeleiding van professionals uit het filmvak. De resultaten worden vertoond op het Cinekid festival en op scholen...

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SER Inspiratiesessie ‘Vluchtelingen aan het werk’

Wachten, wachten, wachten, dat is nog steeds een belangrijke belemmering bij de integratie van vluchtelingen. Tijdens de inspiratiesessie Vluchtelingen aan het werk: kansrijke oplossingen hebben meer dan 100 vertegenwoordigers van het Rijk, gemeenten, werkgevers en...

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PLEASE FILL IN THIS MEMBERSHIP FORM

PLEASE FILL IN THIS MEMBERSHIP FORM AND FORWARD THIS FORM TO YOUR FRIENDS Currently Refugee Start Force is growing very fast! We now have more than 23.000 members in 25 networking groups! Because of our exposure in the Dutch market, we also receive more and more...

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KashaskArt.com is booming

We are very proud to present to you the official photography and graphic design website of our Ambassador Hamzah Kashash! GOED BEZIG Hamzah! Visit Hamzah's website to see some great work!...

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Samen maken we het verschil

VluchtelingenWerk Nederland kijkt terug op een bewogen jaar. We moesten alle zeilen bijzetten om de vluchtelingen die in ons land asiel aanvroegen op een goede manier te begeleiden en te ondersteunen. Gelukkig kregen we daarbij veel steun uit de samenleving. Op 2...

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WeConnect helps you to improve your skills!

Have you always wanted to make a difference for refugees in The Netherlands? Or are you a refugee looking for an opportunity to expand your professional network and take steps towards a professional career? Then check this out! WeConnect is organising a...

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ARE YOU SPECIALISED IN AGRICULTURE?

ARE YOU SPECIALISED IN AGRICULTURE? Agricultural engineers, teachers, farmers or traders in agricultural products. Refugee Start Force has been contacted by The Network University (TNU), a small Dutch foundation that offers online courses to international groups of...

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Graphic designers workshop

ARE YOU A GRAPHIC DESIGNER STARTING OUT IN THE NETHERLANDS? DO YOU WANNA ROCK DESIGN? With the help of local professionals, social enterprises and creative industry leaders, this course will support newcomers to relaunch their graphic design careers in The...

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Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers, in collaboration with several AZC's, is a project especially for refugee women in the Netherlands.   4 young Dutch women want to help refugee women who live now in the Netherlands and they you to be happy here.   We are curious about the individual....

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ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2016 – De Finale!

We've got mail from the ASN BANK: 'Wat was het spannend gisteren, nog nooit eerder lag het zo dicht bij elkaar. We zijn dan ook verheugd je te mogen feliciteren want de vakjury heeft jouw project geselecteerd voor de finale! Gefeliciteerd!' 1000 thanks to everybody...

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NEXT EAT TO MEET – 21TH OF OCTOBER

NEXT EAT TO MEET - 21TH OF OCTOBER It’s time to eat together again! On October 21th at 19.00 there is another edition of eat to meet, where newcomers and locals come together to have dinner and get to know each other. This edition will be specially dedicated to art,...

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Building bridges project

Phbm in collaboration with Refugee Start Force, UAF and Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland started a project called ' Building Bridges'. The aim of the project is to connect 10 status holders with a background in the building/ construction/ infrastructure sector with 10...

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Unseen Photo Fair – Studio Aleppo

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR A GREAT PHOTO PROJECT AND EXHIBITION - STUDIO ALEPPO From September 16 till September 25, Amsterdam organizes the famous Unseen Photo Fair & Festival. Refugee Start Force is invited to participate and together with a great group of...

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SORRY WE’RE OPEN

SORRY WE'RE OPEN is a week long neighborhood festival about migration - Schinkelbuurt and Hoofddorppleinbuurt, Amsterdam Zuid (Sept.18 - Sept.24). A Collaboration with Butcher's Tears, Refugee Start Force and Anadolu Ekspress during the closing night of the...

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DAFF party Amsterdam

Dutch people and refugees, let's meet each other! Join us on 23 September to get to know your Syrian ánd other neighbours. Through food, music, dance, poetry and art, but most of all by talking together, laughing together, enjoying together. Where? De Buurtzaak, Chris...

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United Nations Refugee Summit – New York City

Today, our honorred ambassador Mohammed Badran Yukitron represented all of us at the United Nations! Thanks Mohammed for representing the Dutch civil society and all refugees worldwide today at the UN Refugee Summit in New York City! Let the world hear our voice, we...

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Czaar Peterfestival invites refugees

Het fijne jaarlijkse Czaar Peterfestival staat pal na de grote vakantie weer voor de deur! 11 September is het weer zover; mooie spullen, lekker eten en drinken, vermaak voor jong & oud, modeshows en veel muziek. Verwacht heerlijks van o.a. Fromagerie Abraham...

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Coffee with a Company (ongoing project)

Refugee StartForce is een platform en organisatie die vluchtelingen, locals, netwerken, organisaties en bedrijven op basis van professies en expertises met elkaar in contact brengt. Ons motto is dat een simpele kop koffie al de basis kan zijn voor een nieuw bestaan en...

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COFFEE WITH A COMPANY @ SURF (Sept.14)

ICT Inhousedag bij SURF op woensdag 14 september: oriëntatiebijeenkomst voor vluchtelingen (statushouders) werken of stage lopen bij ICT afdeling van SURF of bij een universiteit, hogeschool of mbo.   SURF is de ICT-samenwerkingsorganisatie van het onderwijs en...

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R.S.F. goes U.S.A.

Refugee Start Force launched in the USA ! Oh Yeah! Mr. Obama here we come! We get many messages from all over the world from journalists, researchers and people who like to start Refugee Start Force in other countries. Alison M. Guben contacted us, visited Amsterdam...

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Potluck Picknick – August 28

Maybe you've been reading every article about 'the refugee crisis' but never actually met one... maybe you've been in the Netherlands for months but never tasted any (good) Dutch food... maybe you just want to broaden you horizon and make new friends... whatever your...

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RefuGenius workshops for refugees

As you know, in collaboration with partner Enactus, we hosted a number of workshops at the Free University over the past months with notable speakers to reach out to the new inhabitants of Amsterdam concerning Dutch language and integration and participation in Dutch...

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Monthly eat to meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Pakhuis de Zwijger and Refugee Start Force organize a monthly 'Eat to meet' This year Amsterdam will welcome many new residents. People who fled their country and who have found a safe shelter in our city. These newcomers will have to find their place in our society...

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Journalism & media networking event

Op woensdag 24 augustus organiseerde Net in Nederland een bijeenkomst speciaal voor vluchtelingen met een media-achtergrond. De vluchtelingen zijn uitgenodigd op het Mediapark in Hilversum (13.00 centrale hal (NTR/BNN-VARA/VPRO). Tijdens de bijeenkomst is uitleg geven...

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Filmtheater Kriterion

Old and new citizens of Amsterdam and surroundings are welcomed by Kriterion, in collaboration with Vluchtelingen-Welkom and Refugee Start Force, to watch a movie, enjoy dinner and live music to get to know each other. Refugees can register for free, as costs for film...

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Interview with Mo Awesome

We are proud to present to you this interview with our ambassador Mohammed Al Masri (alias Mo Awesome) about his volunteer job which we created at Rederij Lampedusa. Read the interview and watch the interview with Brandpunt+ Read the interview and watch the video with...

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THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE

LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS - for the PHOTO ART PROJECT with the (working) title: "THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE". WHAT: Willemijn Kappers will take pictures of your face and later on she will match a newcomers face with a dutch face (see example). The question is "who is who?"...

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Lawyers meet lawyers

In collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association (Orde van Advocaten) we initiated a project with the aim to connect Dutch and refugee lawyers. We would like to come in contact with refugees living in Amsterdam that have a legal background or have been a lawyer in...

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Stagestraat

Would you like to build up relevant work experience in a Dutch company, learn Dutch in practice, and broaden your network in Amsterdam? In the Stagestraat we work together with Dutch entrepreneurs that would love to give you this opportunity for 6 months, 3-4 days a...

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Aan de ronde tafel

It's not so difficult! Just post a message and invite some inspiring newcomers for a dinner! (Or newcomers, please invite Dutch people for a dinner;-) Watch the video made by Whocares Read Miriam's blog with inspiring...

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NRC Next – Start-ups voor vluchtelingen

NRC Next interviews Delitelabs Nice interview with our partner Delitelabs! 'Kiezen voor een compleet andere carrière, je moet het durven. Christof Hawle (35) nam ontslag bij Capgemini en helpt nu werkloze jongeren en vluchtelingen bij het oprichten van een eigen...

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PVDA Amsterdam footbal competition

Het lijkt ons mooi om allerlei verschillende groepen Amsterdammers bij elkaar te brengen voor een actieve dag, vol met sport, debat, spel en plezier. Een dag waarbij we de bijzondere diversiteit van Amsterdam beleven. De PvdA Amsterdam nodigt u uit voor een...

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The Publisher – online refugee museum

The Publisher and Refugee Start Force start collaboration The publisher is an independent, nonprofit platform for stories and artistic work made by refugees. Made by refugees All the work shown on the website is made by, or co-created with refugees. In this way...

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Donations!

Refugee Start Force is a not-for-profit initiative working on a budget-neutral basis.

In order to cover our costs, we are depending on donations. Every donation is welcome and will be used to improve our community platform, organizing events and projects.

Please send your donation to account number: NL97 INGB 0007 3141 11 in the name of Refugee Start Force.