Be a TeamUp volunteer

Sports and games volunteers for refugee children in the Netherlands

As a TeamUp volunteer you will contribute to the social and emotional development of the participating children - and thereby help reduce the risk of their experiencing social and emotional problems in the long term.

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Job description
You will be part of an enthusiastic team of at least four volunteers. You and your team will guide recreational activities for refugee children aged between six and 18 at a fixed time each week. Each activity has a specific theme and purpose. These activities make up a programme that helps teach children learn how to deal with difficult emotions such as anger, fear and stress.

You will also have child safeguarding responsibilities. You will learn how to recognise signs of unusual behaviour and, if necessary, refer children to specialised care and support services. You will receive comprehensive training on how to carry out these functions before you start working with children.

Your profile

  • You are aged 21 or older;
  • You have experience in either organising recreational activities for children or a relevant degree in the one of the fields of pedagogy, education, sports or physical education. Whether you have just completed your education or are still studying, we invite you to apply;
  • You will be available for four hours each week (travel time not included) from approximately 15.30 (the day on which the activities take place differs per location);
  • You are willing to commit to TeamUp for an extended period of time - this is a crucial requirement because stability is essential for this vulnerable group of children;
  • You can undertake a two-day training course and after having been active for three months, the two-day follow-up training sessions. You will be trained in facilitating the activities and working with the specific target group.*The scheduled training sessions have been postponed until the first of June. 

Want to join us?
TeamUp is active in more than twenty asylum reception centers across the Netherlands.

At the moment we are particularly looking for facilitators who can participate in our teams in Apeldoorn, Gilze, Luttelgeest, Winterswijk en Zutphen.

All locations are:

Almelo, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Assen, Baexem, Balk, Budel, Echt, Gilze, Grave, Hardenberg, Harderwijk, Heerhugowaard, Hoogeveen, Katwijk, Leersum, Luttelgeest, Maastricht, Middelburg, Oisterwijk, Rijswijk, Sneek, Weert, Winterswijk and Zutphen. Which means there’s a TeamUp location near you!

What do we offer?
  • The opportunity to gain experience in working with children and develop your skills; 
  • A position in an international, enthusiastic and professional team; 
  • First Aid training; 
  • Counselling and stress management sessions;
  • Events to exchange experiences with other volunteers; 
  • Travel allowance.

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Update coronavirus
Due to coronavirus TeamUp has temporarily stopped its activities for refugee children at the reception centers (azc) in the Netherlands.  However this doesn’t mean our recruitment activities have stopped. When the situation goes back to normal, we will need our facilitators more than ever! So please apply! We will contact you by telephone and schedule an interview online (Skype or WhatsApp videocall).
The safety of children is essential to War Child, Save the Children & Unicef NL. We do not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures and training.

TeamUp is partly made possible by the Fund of asylum, migration and integration (AMIF).