These volunteer-run initiatives give you the opportunity to experience local life, and help you to make a positive social contribution to one of the friendliest cities.
Dine in good company
People who love to eat are always the best people, according to Julia Child. And you can find some of Amsterdam’s best people at social dining concept, Rembrandt’s Living Room. Hosts Svetlana Zivkovi and Ivo Skulj bring people together over a delicious meal aimed specifically at people who want to broaden their social circle and meet new people. For €25 per head, you can enjoy an appetiser, starter, main course and dessert, not to mention good wine. Dinners are held monthly and book up quickly.
Rembrandt's Living Room, Orteliuskade 5
Learn a language with a beer in hand
If you’ve ever tried to learn a new language and found it a bigger challenge than you anticipated, some friendly locals could be just what you need to spur you on. The Language Exchange Bar Night hosted by Language Corner Amsterdam provides an informal setting to meet others learning Dutch, English, Spanish and other languages. You can converse at your own pace outside of a classroom and improve your conversational skills while making new friends. Held at Gollem's Proeflokaal, you can enjoy great specialty beers, proven to give you a little boost of confidence as you fumble through newly learned sentences.
Language Corner Amsterdam, Gollem's Proeflokaal, Overtoom 160-162
Take an older person to The Concertgebouw
Classical music lovers under the age of 35 can experience the city’s iconic Concertgebouw for a discounted price with the Entrée membership. But better yet, as a member, you can also sign up for Rentrée, an initiative that invites you to accompany a senior citizen to a concert. Your ticket is free of charge, you and your guest will be picked up and dropped off by taxi, and who knows, you might even learn something!
Rentree at the Royal Concertgebouw
Enjoy some healthy competition
Make new friends at Amsterdice – Amsterdam’s board game club which meets twice a month at Stayokay Amsterdam East hostel. The club has more than 200 games of all varieties to choose from, ranging from classic favourites to new releases. You can even bring along your games to sell to collectors at the “bring and buy” corner.
Amsterdice at Stayokay Amsterdam East
Waltz or foxtrot with the best of them
Het Dans Paleis (Dance Palace) is a series of parties run by volunteers which invite elderly people (and their friends and families of all ages) to take a spin on the dance floor. Aimed at combating loneliness among senior citizens, the parties use music and dancing to help people to feel more connected, broaden their social circle and enjoying memories associated with songs from years past. Various events are scheduled in Amsterdam and Rotterdam throughout the year.
Het Dans Paleis, various dates and venues