OWL would be nothing without its volunteers. Being a volunteer for OWL means lots of fun in an amazing team of Dutch and international students.


As a guide you will guide a group of new students during their first days in Leiden. You are the one that knows all “inside information” about student life in Leiden, and will enthusiastically share your experiences with the new students. The big perks of being a guide include the friendships that you will form with students from all around the world, and the fact that you can join every part of the diverse programme. Being an OWL Guide means 4 days of great fun, but of course this task also comes with responsibilities. We ask you to be available through the whole duration of the programme. Your investment will be rewarded with awesome new friends, our eternal gratitude and great memories. Many guides of previous years are still in good contact with their “kids” and have continued to meet up after OWL.


We try our best to put two guides on each group. In the registration form you can give your preference for who you would like to partner up with. Make sure to spread the word and to convince all your friends to be guides, so we have enough! If you can’t find anyone, you can sign up by yourself and we will provide a co-guide for you.


As crew you are the driving force behind OWL. You will work closely together with the board and get a unique insight in the backstage part of the OWL organization. Crew tasks are very varied, there is something for everyone. You will get to work in an amazing team of volunteers, who will soon become your friends. Being crew is ideal for people that cannot/do not want to dedicate their full week to OWL, because you can sign up for as many shifts as you like (ranging from just a few hours to the whole week). Of course your work will also be rewarded with awesome new friends and our eternal gratitude.

Regular crew

As regular crew, you can get various tasks ranging from setting up and breaking down events, to handing out bags/snacks, or checking tickets. There is a lot to do, and we can use some extra hands for that! You will be able to sign up for the shifts you like to do.

Media crew

As media crew, you take pictures of the events and make sure this OWL week is documented beautifully. You need to bring your own digital camera.

Night watch (Only for Summer OWL!)

As night watch you are involved with the dorm we provide for participants who do not have a sleeping place (close by) yet for the week. It is your task to make sure the night progresses smoothly and help anyone with questions. Because you have to stay awake all night, you get reimbursed €50 for each shift. You are allowed to work a maximum of three shifts.

Van crew

During the week we have a van available to transport equipment to the events. Therefore, we need people who are able to and willing to drive this van. You (obviously) need to have a valid driving license for this. You can combine this task with being regular crew.

Don’t hesitate to contact Neza, our Commissioner Guides and Crew, if you have more questions about what it means to be an OWL volunteer.

Registration for CREWhttps://app.introsign.com/crew/signup/104-winter-owl-volunteers

Registration for GUIDEhttps://app.introsign.com/volunteer/signup/104-winter-owl-volunteers