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Become a Freedom Ambassador for The Hague

Published: 21 November 2019Modified: 21 November 2019

In 2020 we will celebrate and remember the meaning of 75 years of freedom. Radio presenter Justin Verkijk was named The Hague’s first Freedom Ambassador and he is looking for other Ambassadors. Why don’t you become one, too?

Next year we will celebrate and commemorate the meaning of 75 years of freedom. In a city like The Hague, where as many as 180 nationalities live, there are unique stories about peace and freedom. And we need your help to tell these stories. So far Leila Prnjavorac (presenter and 2017 Hague Resident of the Year), Joop Buyt (star sport reporter), Ties Brink (former children’s mayor of Madurodam) and Büsra Celik (children’s mayor of Madurodam) have joined the team.

Would you like to join these Freedom Ambassadors and become our ears and eyes in your neighbourhood, district or network? If so, we are looking for you!

What is a Freedom Ambassador for The Hague?

Freedom Ambassadors are people who embrace The Hague’s feeling of freedom. Everyone in The Hague can be who they want to be. Freedom Ambassadors connect young and old. They are people who can reach and inspire residents from different backgrounds. They use various media channels to reach as wide an audience as they can. Drawing on their own experiences, they find commonalities with people of all ages. Naturally, Freedom Ambassadors of The Hague are interested in The Hague’s history and in its future. And finally, the Ambassadors deeply believe that the current and future generations can and must learn from the experiences of the older generations.

What do you need to do?

Start discussions with fellow residents of The Hague about peace and freedom to spread the dialogue on this subject around the city. Help contribute towards memorable and unique encounters during events, remembrances and celebrations. Make a report about the conversation – photos, podcasts, videos, stories or on Instagram – which can be shared through social media, the municipal website, Den Haag FM or the monthly newspaper De Stadskrant.

What do you get in return?

Freedom Ambassadors work on a volunteer basis. It is an opportunity to contribute to 75 Years of Freedom in The Hague. Apart from attending special meetings, the municipality will offer you a platform for your content and an opportunity to gain experience and expand your network. Are you looking to start a career in journalism or gain experience during your studies? And are you genuinely interested in the stories of your fellow city residents? Then you are our new The Hague Freedom Ambassador.

Selection criteria

Anyone living in the city can become an Ambassador regardless of age, origin or background:

  • You live, work or study in The Hague
  • You are available at least 3 times in 2020 to attend a meeting and produce a report
  • You are aged 12 years or over*
  • You can relate a story or share what happens during a meeting by writing, talking, vlogging, gramming or taking photos

Apply

What is your story or motivation?

  • Write, talk about, vlog, gram or photograph** your story of freedom
  • Send in your story or motivation to 75jaarvrijheid@denhaag.nl before Saturday, 30 November
  • Don’t forget to include your name, telephone number and address
  • Please send photos and videos by WeTransfer
  • You will be notified by 1 December 2019 if you have been chosen
  • New Ambassadors are selected by The Hague Freedom Ambassadors under the leadership of Justin Verkijk

If you are selected, we will publish your application on www.75jaarvrijheiddenhaag.nl. You will also give permission to publish the content of your application with your name on our media channels and/or share your application on our partners’ media channels.

* If you are under 18 years old you need your parents’ written permission.
** Texts may be up to 200 words long. Videos may be 1.5 minutes maximum, podcasts 5 minutes maximum. Up to 5 photos and Instagram stories.