The UNICEF network of voluntary students in The Netherlands
Today roughly 500 students are active for UNICEF in The Netherlands. They are divided in teams spread around 18 different cities. Check below in which cities and how you can find and reach out to them. The studentnetwork is mostly self-driven. The office of UNICEF in The Netherlands provides professional support for promotion material, training, countrywide meetings, webinars and so on.
Are you a student and do you want to become active for UNICEF? Join one of our student teams or start your own team. This way, you will participate in the best job there is: helping children.
Learn about who our studentvolunteers are and their reasons for becoming active teammembers:
We expect that every team organises a minimum of two activities annually by drawing attention to UNICEF and raise funds. Examples could be a pubquiz, a lecture, communal performances by bands, or a UNICEF run.
A nationwide network of students who can help you. We meet a few times per year, organise a student day at the office, a training 'Actief in UNICEF', a nationwide campaign and you will, of course, receive support from your volunteers manager and student coaches. Apart from this, there are promotion materials, scripts, and manuals to guide you through it.
Let’s get to work!
Do you want to work on building a current team or do you want to set one up? Do you have any questions?
“I hope to contribute to the increase of success of the student network, so we can help children around the world even better!”Dominique van Trappen (student coach Southern Netherlands)
Student Unite Day
“Where are you born?” was the ‘icebreaker’ during the Student Unite Day 2019. A long list was the result: from Tilburg to Japan and everything in between. To inspire and share, over 50 students came to The Hague on Friday, 22 February. Youth member Pauline Owelle also exchanged a check worth over 48.000 euros! A great sum of money that was collected by 16 student teams in the Netherlands. This is done by annually organising more than a 100 events, ranging from a pubquiz to a gala.
“Being a student volunteer at UNICEF means being part of a network of around 400 students across the Netherlands, who collaborate to improve the lives of children. It means teamwork.”Jenny Schlatter (student coach North Netherlands)
Since last year I’m the chairperson of UNICEF Student Team Breda. Being part of the UNICEF student network is a lot of fun, I’ve met so many interesting and inspiring people, in Breda but also outside of Breda.
I first started doing volunteer work with UNICEF as I was looking for something meaningful to do in my free time. As UNICEF had a student team in Breda, I thought this would be the perfect combination of doing volunteer work and making new friends too.
In the past year, I have been the chair of this team and it has taught me a lot. As we are a small team, in times it can be quite challenging to be able to organize events and attract people to come to our events. Thinking of creative ways to tackle this, as well as how to gain motivation of members and what strategic partners or sponsors to work with. It’s very nice because you get the freedom to make your own decisions, there’s no one guideline as every student team is different. As you get this freedom, you get to develop your own leadership style and way of handling things. So far, this development has been the most rewarding part of being a UNICEF student volunteer.