Get started as a volunteer for TeamUp and spend approximately five hours per week facilitating sports, games, and physical activities for refugee children or teenagers at a (emergency) shelter location near you.
As a facilitator for TeamUp, you provide psychosocial support to refugee children and teenagers through sports, games, and physical activities. They learn to cope with their emotions in a playful manner, gain more confidence, and thus build a hopeful future. You will receive training and guidance beforehand. Afterward, you join an enthusiastic team of other volunteers to work at a shelter location near you.
Currently, there are approximately 165 active volunteers for TeamUp.
TeamUp is active in 40 shelter centers across the entire country.
In 2022, more than 3650 children and young people participated in TeamUp in the Netherlands.
At a fixed time each week, you, along with your team, facilitate sports, games, and physical activities for refugee children and teenagers aged 6 to 18. These activities have a theme and a purpose. Children learn to cope with emotions like anger, fear, and stress in a playful manner. Additionally, you have a monitoring role where you learn how to recognize concerning behavior and, if necessary, refer children to specialized care and support.
For the children’s sessions, the emphasis of the activities is more on play and less on sports. For the teenage sessions, the emphasis is more on sports and responding to the needs of the young people.
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.