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We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for TeamUP

Get started as a facilitator for TeamUp and supervise play- and exercise-activities for refugee children for four hours a week in a shelter location near you.

About you:
  • At least 21 years old
  • Experience in organizing recreational activities for children
  • Relevant work experience or a (completed) study in the field of pedagogy, education, sports, games and/or exercise
  • Available for 4 hours a week from about 3:30 pm on (the day on which the activities take place differs per location)
  • Available for a longer period of time. Stability is essential for this vulnerable group of children
We offer:
  • A volunteer-allowance
  • Start- and follow up training in facilitating the activities and working with the specific target group
  • An opportunity to gain experience in this field and to further develop yourself
  • Events to exchange experience with other volunteers and a place in an international, enthusiastic and professional volunteer team
  • A first aid course, counseling and stress management sessions
JOIN THE TEAM

Join and strengthen our team

As a facilitator for TeamUp you offer psychosocial support for refugee children through play and exercise activities. Refugee children learn to deal with their emotions in a playful way, gain more confidence and thus build a more hopeful future. You will be trained and guided in advance. You will start with an enthusiastic team of at least four volunteers at a shelter location close to you

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FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN IN THE NETHERLANDS

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VOLUNTEERS

There are currently approximately 192 active volunteers for TeamUp.

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LOCATIONS

TeamUp is active in 32 shelters across the country.

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CHILDREN REACHED

More than 2600 children participated in TeamUp in the Netherlands in 2020.

Kaart TeamUp Opvanglocaties

WHAT DOES A TEAMUP SESSION LOOK LIKE?

At a fixed time during the week, you and your team supervise play and exercise activities for refugee children aged 6 to 18 years. These activities have a theme and a purpose. In a playful way, children learn to deal with emotions such as anger, fear and stress. You also have a signaling function. You learn how to recognize worrisome behavior and, if necessary, refer children to specialized care and guidance.

Apply to TeamUp
in 4 steps

TeamUp was developed five years ago by Save the Children, War Child and UNICEF Netherlands. They bundle their years of global expertise together in a program for refugee children in the Netherlands – and far beyond.

01.

APPLICATION

After applying, we will receive your data. We will contact you as soon as possible.

02.

INTRODUCTION

After a short intake through the phone, we schedule an (online) interview. During this interview we will tell you more about the background and meaning of TeamUp and your role in it.

03.

TRAINING

After the interview you will follow a two-day StartUp training. You will learn to supervise the TeamUp activities and to work with the specific target group.

04.

START

If you have successfully completed the training, you are almost ready to start. We only check a reference and request a VOG (certificate of conduct). Then you can start!

Bewegingsactiviteiten tijdens TeamUp

EXPERIENCES OF
OUR VOLUNTEERS

Incredibly happy faces

“What stays with me the most are those incredibly happy faces, I think that’s fantastic. I go home after TeamUp with a satisfied feeling. It’s so nice that you can be there for those children, even if it’s only for a few hours the week. That they seek that interaction with you, can pour out their energy and be a kid for a while.”

Vrijwilliger Lobke TeamUp
LOBKE Volunteer

Everyone should do this

“Sometimes I come home and I think: ‘I have to hold on to this feeling, it went so well’. Actually, everyone should sign up as a TeamUp volunteer. Not only for the children, but also for yourself. It helps you further develop yourself and it gives you a different outlook on life. Everyone should see and do this.”

Vrijwilliger Floor TeamUp
FLOOR Volunteer

TeamUp is really something positive

“When we go to the shelter, the children are always enthusiastic, they really enjoyed it. I feel that TeamUp is really something positive for them. We now have a core group of children who participate every week. My satisfaction is in contact with them, you notice a lot of appreciation.”

Vrijwilliger Kevin TeamUp
KEVIN Volunteer

It gives so much satisfaction

“My satisfaction comes from seeing the children who are so happy. At the end of a TeamUp session we sit in a circle and you ask what they like and they sometimes say ‘everything!’ then they tap us with the elbow and say “I’ll be back next week!”.’

Vrijwilliger Nathalie TeamUp
NATHALIE Volunteer

I'm just as happy as the kids

“During the sessions, children are increasingly collaborating, but not only  the children benefit from TeamUp. It also provides me with the necessary energy after a long day at work. I know that with TeamUp I make the children happy with the activities we do, I see them relaxed. Conversely, they make me just as happy.”

Vrijwilliger Robert TeamUp
ROBERT Volunteer

JOIN TEAMUP

we are urgently looking for volunteers for Assen, Baexem, Burgum, Emmen, Gilze, Grave, Heerhugowaard, Hengelo, Luttelgeest, Sneek and Winterswijk. We are also often looking for new volunteers at other locations in the Netherlands.