How do you survive on the streets?
Ex-homeless guides tell their personal stories
The only non-profit provider of walking tours by ex- homeless people in Amsterdam
"Stories from the streets"
Listen to the personal stories of guides who all once lived on the street.
Ask questions, and find out more about the other side of the Red Light District through the stories of the guides. Find out how heroine came to the Netherlands and why the Zeedijk was a no-go area. How and where do you find something to eat while living on the streets? Where do you sleep? Find out how to survive on the streets of Amsterdam in world full of danger and distrust.
Amsterdam Underground is an initiative of De Regenboog Groep and is the only non-profit provider of guided tours offered by formerly homeless people in Amsterdam. All our guides are offered a useful day project and a small compensation. With the income from this particular project we also make sure other projects are made possible.
The daily tour
€12,50 per person*
Duration: (around) 90 minutes**
You can book this tour 7 days a week***
*Groups smaller than 4 people pay €50,- per group
**All of our guides share their own personal story because of which the duration of the tour and route may differ.
*** Reserve at least 72 hours prior to the desired time of participation. Our back office is not staffed 7 days a week.
Weekly Saturday Walking tour
You can not make a reservation for this tour!
Tickets are for sale only at the Prael.
€ 12,50 per person
Duration: (around) 90 minutes**
There is no minimum amount of people for this tour, there is however a maximum of 15 people who can walk along with this tour.
Experiences by other participants
Amsterdam Underground offers the guides a useful day activity, which corresponds with their knowledge, qualities and skills. During the city walks they use their background to inform people about life on the street and the consequences of substance abuse. Amsterdam Underground wants the guides to use their knowledge and skills in a positive light and offers them the possibility to use their qualities and talents for further personal development.
Life on the streets has given the guides knowledge and skills which we try to use in a positive manner during the city walks. Through conversations the guide will have during the tour, we want to give those who attend the tour an inside view into the lives of people whose lives went a little different from most others. The guides work on their self development by working as a city guide and because of interaction with people on the walking tour. This project helps the guides work on their self-confidence, their dignity and independence, through which they slowly take back responsibility over their lives. Our aim is to have the group of guides carry out the project independently in the future.
The Regenboog Groep (Rainbow)
The Regenboog Groep cares for homeless people and those who suffer from psycho-social problems and/or addiction problems. The organization provides shelter, care and useful day activities for the target group. With the help of buddies the organization prevents social isolation. The target group and volunteers have an active role in the organization. The Regenboog Groep aims to have Amsterdam Underground work as a project carried out by the clients.