Guides & Crew

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 5 days of great fun, but of course this task also comes with responsibilities. We ask you to be available the full duration of the programme. This investment will be rewarded with awesome new friends. Many guides of previous years are still in good contact with their “OWLies” and have continued to meet up after OWL.

Note that we are looking for guides for physical groups, which means you have to be able to come to Leiden during OWL. Unlike last winter, being an online guide will not be possible this time.


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. However, no guarantees can be made here, because if we happen to have too few guides, we might be obliged to have only one guide per group. So make sure to spread the word and to convince all your friends to be guides, so we have enough! Signing up without co-guide is no problem either, we will just match you with another guide.

Sign up as a guide here!


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 to like. You will get to work in an amazing team of international and Dutch 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.

Van crew

The van crew is responsible for driving the OWL van across the city, making sure all materials are at the right place at the right time. A drivers licence B is required.

Sign up as crew here!

What will Summer OWL 2021 look like?

We are hopeful that restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be significantly eased in August, and that we can make another unforgettable OWL week. We are closely watching, and following, the recommendations by the government, municipality and university. We are aiming to organize both an online and physical programme, to tailor to all incoming students. However, Guides and Crew will only be needed for the physical OWL, which means that being a volunteer requires you to be able to come to Leiden. Joining as an online Guide will not be possible this summer. One thing is certain: being a volunteer in Summer OWL 2021 will be as great as ever.

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