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New volunteers wanted for TeamUp!

TeamUp is a program by Save the Children, War Child, and UNICEF Netherlands. It provides psychosocial support to displaced children aged 6 to 18 through play and movement.

Over 200 volunteers guide weekly play and movement activities of TeamUp at more than 38 shelter locations across the country. In order to give as many displaced children as possible the opportunity to participate in TeamUp activities, we are actively searching for even more enthusiastic volunteers. You will be trained and guided by TeamUp and then work as a facilitator at a location near you.

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Kirsten, TeamUp volunteer:

“I became a TeamUp volunteer because I really want to contribute to a more positive and healthier world. Because from my own experience, I know how important it is for a child to learn how to deal with their emotions, so that they don't get stuck with limiting beliefs and thoughts later in life. And so that they can truly recognize their feelings and handle them better.”

Why TeamUp?
Displaced children have often been through a lot. In their country of origin and during the journey to the Netherlands, they are exposed to war, violence, and stressful situations. Unfortunately, the uncertainty and stress don't end here. In the Netherlands, for example, children often have to move frequently and worry about their parents and friends.
At TeamUp, children learn to deal with their emotions in a playful way. Through TeamUp activities, children feel safe and protected, more connected to their peers, and more optimistic. Children are resilient, but they need the opportunity to process their traumatic experiences.
What will you do as a facilitator?
You will be part of an enthusiastic team of at least four volunteers. At a set time each week, you will co-facilitate TeamUp activities with your team. These activities have a theme and a purpose. Additionally, you have an observant role during the TeamUp session. You will learn how to recognize concerning behavior and, if necessary, indicate whether children require specialized help. We provide thorough training before you start.
In the children's sessions, the emphasis of the activities is more on play and less on sports. In the teenage sessions, the emphasis is more on sports and responding to the needs of the young people.

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Your profile:

  • Experience in organizing activities for children 
  • Relevant work experience or education/studying in the field of pedagogy, education, sports, play, and/or movement 
  • Available for 4 hours per week from around 15:30 (day and time vary per location) 
  • Available for a longer period. Stability is crucial for this vulnerable group of children.
  •  For the children's teams, the emphasis of the activities is more on play and less on sports. It is important to be creative in responding to this.
  • For the teenage teams, it is important to have an affinity for sports, be able to set boundaries, and respond to the needs of young people.


What we offer:

  • Trainings and follow-up trainings in facilitating the activities and working with this specific target group;
  • The opportunity to gain experience in this field and develop yourself further;
  • Volunteer events and a place in an international, enthusiastic, and professional volunteer team;
  • Counselling and stress management sessions.

Get started at a location near you
We're often looking for new volunteers at various locations. The locations are: Almelo, Almere, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Assen, Baexem, Balk, Bodegraven, Burgum, Dronten, Echt, Emmen, Gilze, Grave, Hardenberg, Harderwijk, Heerhugowaard, Hengelo, Hoogeveen, Katwijk, Leersum, Leeuwarden (emergency shelter), Luttelgeest, Oegstgeest, Oisterwijk, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Schalkhaar, Sneek, Sweikhuizen, Ter Apel, Winterswijk, Zutphen, Zeist, and Zweeloo. So, there's always a location near you
Interested or do you want more information?
Do you see yourself fitting the description and believe you would be a good fit for our team? Apply through

Do you have questions about the vacancy? Please contact [email protected]


Child Safety
Child safety is crucial for Save the Children. We do not tolerate any form of abuse. As part of the application process, at least one reference will be requested, and a Certificate of Conduct (VOG) will need to be obtained. The subject is addressed during the recruitment and selection procedures as well as during the training.
TeamUp is also made possible with support from the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF)