Organic dairy farming in The Netherlands

Organic dairy farming in The Netherlands


Kamerik, Netherlands

The application deadline has passed.

Activity description

Learn and live on a unique organic dairy farm at the countryside of the Netherlands. This farm is run by a family passionate about their organic dairy products. The milk comes from their own cows. Together with the other ESC volunteer you connect with the farmer's daily life: you get up in the morning to milk the cows, help making raw milk products such as butter, yoghurt and cheese, sell these products in their shop and have dinner together. After your participation, you know more about organic dairy and farming. You can even tell educational stories about the farm. With this program you are encouraged to come up with your own ideas and to follow the Dutch language course. Farmer Koos and his family are passionate about their products, the promotion of a healthy/alternative life style, and for you to learn about organic farming in an intimate and educational way. For further information about the host organisation (and photos) visit their website:

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

This project is available for one volunteer. You live on the farm's premises with a shared loft overlooking the cow's stable with the other ESC participant. The loft is equipped with a kitchen. Toilet and shower are downstairs in the same building. You are welcomed into the daily life and routine of the family. Meals are often shared with the family, which is part of your participation. Healthy eating with organic products is promoted. Transportation costs are (partly) covered. We encourage green modes of transportation.

Training during the activity

SIW provides several trainings where you will meet other international volunteers. You are encouraged to enrol into a Dutch language course. These are your tasks: • Work with animals: milking and feeding the cows • Maintenance of the farmland • Help with the production of raw milk dairy products • Selling these products in the shop on site and online • Product and shop promotion • Learn about the importance of organic and raw mild food products and a healthy/natural lifestyle • Maintaining and developing the farm's educational walking route • Giving a hand where needed

Participant profile

You: • Enjoy the rural countryside lifestyle, like working outdoors with animals and love nature • Don't mind rolling up your sleeves and do physical work • Take initiative, are assertive and are able to work independently • Are interested in nature, sustainability and organic farming • Are have a natural interest in healthy foods, alternative lifestyles and alternative medicine • Have good communication skills, and are confident to communicate with adults • Because of the rural location you are independently minded and able to entertain yourself in your spare time

Activity dates

A total of 17 week(s) during the period 01/04/2022 to 30/09/2022

Activity location

Van Teylingenweg 172, 3471 GK Kamerik Netherlands

Looking for participants from

Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg

Activity topics

Environment and natural protection

Health and wellbeing

Employment and entrepreneurship

Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 03/04/2022