Get started as a volunteer for TeamUp and supervise play- and exercise-activities for refugee children for approximately five hours a week in a shelter location near you.
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 with other volunteers at a shelter location close to you
There are currently approximately 165 active volunteers for TeamUp.
TeamUp is active in 40 shelters across the country.
More than 3650 children participated in TeamUp in the Netherlands in 2022.
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.
TeamUp was developed in 2015 by Save the Children, War Child and UNICEF Netherlands. They bundled their years of global expertise together in a program for refugee children in the Netherlands – and far beyond.
After applying, we will receive your data. We will contact you as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”.’
“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.”
We are urgently looking for volunteers in the emergency shelter location. We are also often looking for new volunteers at the regular shelter locations in the Netherlands.