CODE043 is a youth organisation and ngo. We enable young adults who have great ideas and concepts to realise them. Everyone between the ages of 12 and 25 with  affinity for Maastricht can submit their plans, and we will provide guidance if need be.

Our mission

We have a clear vision: Young adults and students should be able to participate to create a lively social environment in Maastricht. Not only do your projects inspire others, they also make sure that there are enough activities throughout the year. By supporting your projects we want to allow you to become the best version of you and creating an active community.

Work with us?

Working at or with CODE043 is very inspiring, educational, but also very fun!

At this moment there no vacancies …

… but we are always curious about your talents. You can always send your cv to

Our team

A short overview of who we are. Our crew consists of: busy crew who make sure to get CODE043 in the picture and come up with and organise CODE EVENTS; Wise board members who plot the course of action of the organisation; and two bat-shit crazy project supervisors who take care of volunteers and help you with your project plans.

Gerard Bekker


CODE043 is expanding its impact by innovating our services. As teamleader Gerard will happily contribute to the development of our organisation. ‘I value the wellbeing of my team, so they may have feel empowered to co-create a nourishing and inspiring space where everyone feels free to unconditionally express themselves and participate.’

Marie-Claire Lahaye

Coordinator volunteers / Communications / All-round busybody

As busybody she is at the base of the CODE office. If you have an idea or would like to submit a plan, she would like to meet up with you. If you want to become a volunteer at CODE043 she will make it happen. MC also takes care of the communication and sees an important role here for volunteers.

Sarai Erkens

Youth coach between the ages of 12 and 17

You might know Sarai from her first collaboration with CODE, when she submitted a project of her own: the theatre performance ‘Just the two of us’. That proved to be a great experience and later on she temporarily replaced Elvira during her maternity leave. Now she works as a youth coach for all CODE youth between the ages of 12 and 17. In addition to her job at CODE043, she studies parttime at the Institute of Performative Arts in Maastricht.


Youth coach between the ages of 18 and 25

Right at the end of 2020, Winnie joined CODE043 as a youth coach. She says she got bored a bit in Maastricht until she started doing volunteer work. From that point on, she began to feel at home here and got to know the beautiful people of Maastricht. She simply likes organising events that make herself and others happy.

Sanne van Wunnik


You can describe Sanne best as a creative allrounder with a social heart! In her free time she dances, sings and acts. She works as a youth worker. "I share CODE043's mission. Young adults come first here and receive a platform to create and build their own things. That is what I so greatly admire about our organization. That's a message I support and promote, because in a city like Maastricht we need a place for young people."

Melvin Schreurs


15 year old Melvin has a passion for everything related to events. This handyman works with great enthousiasm on various projects at CODE043. If there is an event in Maastricht, you can bet your ass Melvin will be there too. He dreams to become a sound technician and takes care of the sound and lights for CODE043 on multiple occasions. He also has mad marketing- and communication skills. He single-handedly designed the corporate identity of Kawaj Festival.

Martijn Weijenberg

President / Captain

Since June 2015 Martijn is at the helm of CODE043. He is the head of the board and together with them decides the vision of the organisation. In other words, together with the board he plots the course of CODE043. Martijn is convinced CODE043 is a major player with regards to improving the culture among the youth of Maastricht. Martijn is also working at Maastricht University as a project leader ‘Student and City’, where he tries to improve and expand available accommodations for students, making them feel more at home in Maastricht.

Fay Klomp


Fay, 16, once started working at the office as a social training intern, but has since become a seasoned ambassador. She likes to discuss her vision on projects and everything related to youth. She lives in the Heeg and knows the neighbourhood and the local kids well. One more year and she will graduate from the Porta Monsanacollege (HAVO). Her next study is already selected: Communications and multimedia design at Zuyd Hogeschool.

Charles Beetz


Charles is our counsellor. It is very important that our employees, volunteers and interns feel comfortable and safe at work. If this is not the case for you, Charles is the person you can go to for support. Charles has many years of experience as a social worker and counsellor. If there’s something troubling you, he will listen to you and together you can see if it’s possible to take further action. Sometimes, simply being able to tell your story helps. Everything you tell Charles is strictly confidential. Via phone, Charles is most easily reached at his work number, 06-53924597. You can also reach him by email.

Sheila Krete

Administrative assistant

Sheila is a numbers-woman and our financial watchdog. She checks all our financial reports and cash registers meticulously and in a very structured way. If something’s off, she instantly detects it. Furthermore she is a very enthousiastic ambassador and loves to work on CODE EVENTS. Her favorite spare time activities include taking a stroll with her dog Bella or spending tons of time with her kid Jason.

Esther Janssen


When Esther is at CODE043 everybody is aware of her enthusiasm and warmth. She likes to give her opinion and knows how to get things done. She is a proud of her local 'sjeng' roots. She has left her beloved '043' (Maastricht) to study International Event Management in Breda at NHTV. At this moment she is taking a gap year. No matter what she is up to, she stays connected to Maastricht and CODE043 # Code4lifejwz

Jiel Dassen


Jiel (18 years) is a true 'Mestreechteneer' and likes to work with young people. She loves taking on several projects which she manages with her unique enthusiastic spirit. She finds it inspiring to work with people. You can find her often behind the scenes of big events and festivals. No suprise there, since she studies event organisation at Arcus College. After this, she likes to continue studying. But first she like to see the world, learn some languages and go travel. Did you know that Jiel worked at CODE043 as an intern? She simply can't say goodbye and loves working here.

Frequently Asked Quoestions?


CODE043 started fourteen years ago on behalf of … the Maastricht youth. The municipality wanted to know what they would do with a quarter million Euros. One of the things they came up with was an organisation that would help them realise their own ideas and plans. Long story short, CODE043 was realised which was the first of its kind in the Netherlands. This proves that the municipality of Maastricht doesn’t always just follows the other municipalities in the Netherlands; very ballsy. The rest … is history.


Ambassadors are not only the thinkers, but also the doers of this youth organisation.

They have a few different tasks:

  1. ADVISORS. They give wanted and unwanted advise on projects and activities of CODE043.
  2.  INSPECTORS. Ambassadors also examine the different projects CODE043 supports.
  3. CREWMEMBER and ORGANISOR. Ambassadors also learn all there is to actually organising an event, such as the CODE EVENTS.
  4.  AMBASSADOR. As the name implies they represent CODE043.


Quite simple: we are always looking for enthusiasts that want to join! Give us a call or send us an email and we will set up an appointment to get to know you.

We are always looking for thinkers and doers to join our team!

Annual report

Take a look at our year review and get a taste of what we accomplished last year…

Download year review

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