Sports and games volunteers for refugee children in the Netherlands

TeamUp is a collaboration between War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands in support of refugee children living in the Netherlands. To increase our efforts, we are looking for enthusiastic team players to facilitate sports, recreational and play activities for refugee children for three hours a week. You will be trained and coached by experienced TeamUp instructors and begin work at a location near to you.

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.

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 three hours each week 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 subsequent follow-up training sessions. You will be trained in facilitating the activities and working with the specific target group.

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.
  • TeamUp is active in twenty asylum reception centres across the Netherlands. We’re looking for volunteers for all locations: 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!

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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.