If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
Livingstone was established in 1999 in order to engage youngsters with the Biblical command to love and serve each other and to develop a compassionate and involved lifestyle. Since the start, 8000+ youngsters participated in mission teams and volunteer jobs, serving 150+ projects in 40+ countries. Many lives and communities all over the world changed for the better.
Our inspiration comes from Christion faith. We are touched by the vision that all people can live in harmony as brothers and sisters. We believe that positive changes start when people really meet each other, human to human, heart to heart. We warmly welcome all, who want to join our adventure of loving and serving each other worldwide.
We organise mission trips and volunteer jobs with an emphasis on an encounter. Our youngsters and local people work closely together in equal cooperation. They experience the richness of each other’s culture, and together they are able to make a significant impact on the projects they work on.
We recruit, prepare and send mission teams of 8 to 24 people, ageing up from 15 years. They serve for 1 to 3 weeks, doing social and practical work and – most importantly – share their experiences with local staff. Their team leaders are mature in leadership and Christian lifestyle.
Volunteers on vacancy
We also recruit, prepare and send volunteers on specific vacancies with our partner organisations. Volunteers, ageing from 18 years, are put to assist the local staff, using their skills and qualities. They work from 2 to 12 months for 4 or 5 days a week, depending on the local needs.
Base of cooperation
Mission teams and volunteers always work under the authority of our local partners. They assist local staff and work together as brothers and sisters. They stay at local standards, at their own costs. Besides the social and practical work, sharing of experiences and ideas is key.
Steffen Barentsen Director and Relations Manager B2B
Steffen is involved with Livingstone from the start. He travelled to about 50 countries and worked together with many of our partners. His drive is to see positive growth in lives and communities.
‘I believe in a meaningful life for all.’
Else Lotte Faasse Relations Manager Africa+
Else Lotte has been engaged with Livingstone since 2020 as relations manager for the region Africa+. She lived in South Africa and Colombia and travelled to over 24 countries. With her study background in International Development and Conflict Studies, she wants to join forces on an equalitarian basis in the battle against social injustices worldwide.
“Help us to love with open arms like You do. So that when they look in our eyes, they see You.” – Brian and Jenn Johnson
Hessel Loonstra Relations Manager Europe
Hessel has been engaged with Livingstone since 1996. He lived in Israel and mainly works in Eastern and southern Europa. Hessel travelled in many countries. His drive is to see this world as a place of hope instead of despair: a safe space for children to live and grow.
‘Join us in the adventure of building a world of hope!’
Our office team
At our office, you will find our office-manager, IT-specialist and various trainees. Our partners contact with our office-manager about finances. Trainees will contact partners about the preparation of teams or volunteers for their stay.
Livingstone is carried by volunteers in a good part of the work. Volunteers participate with recruiting and preparing teams for their stay. They also join in making Livingstone and all related projects known at school and churches in the Netherlands.
Our board is our principal authority. The current board consists of Mr Dirkjan Takke – Chairman; Mr Hans Bins – Treasurer; Mrs Nel den Boer – International relations specialist, Mrs Alica Posthumus – Business consultant and Mrs Rosan van Gessel – Secretary of the board. Our director, Mr Steffen Barentsen, is representative of the board for all operations.