We are 18 student teams, all based in different cities throughout the Netherlands, that contribute each year to the selected UNICEF cause. We raise awareness as well as funds through different types of events and initiatives, such as pub-quizzes, open discussions/debates with experts, symposiums, challenges, clothing sales, baking sales, etc.
We also collaborate with each other on larger-scale events, in order to bring more human power, ideas, perspectives, and dynamic. This way, the student network represents the idea of collective effort in a creative and innovative form to help the children in need. We do so with passion and conscience in order to obtain the desired outcomes.
Current project: Children of Uganda
Every year, the student network raises funds for different projects. Since 2021, students of the Dutch student network chose to contribute to the TeamUp children of Uganda project.
Uganda hosts the most refugees in all of Africa. More than half of these 1.5 million refugees are children. These children have often experienced many violent events in their home countries or on the road. Once they arrive in Uganda, their worries are not over: the risk of abuse, exploitation or neglect is high. Children travelling alone are particularly vulnerable. Life is not always safe for Ugandan children either. Shockingly, most of them have experienced forms of violence - physical, sexual, domestic or emotional - in their young lives.
How do you move forward when memories of flight or forms of violence continue to haunt you? How do you deal with stress, fear or anger? Or how do you make new friends when you don't know who you can trust? We want to support children in these difficult situations. That is why we offer a low-threshold form of psychosocial support: the TeamUp program. During the various sports, games and dance activities of TeamUp, we mainly use movement, so that language is not an obstacle. Children learn to deal with emotions and stress in a playful way and are strengthened in their resilience. The activities put a smile on their face and make bad memories disappear into the background.
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 student volunteers are and their reasons for becoming active team members:
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?
“It's amazing how many students still find time and power to contribute to UNICEF in such difficult times. Leading them through feels more significant than ever”Margarita Meier, Student Coach North
Team Delft has spent several afternoons baking and selling oliebollen, while purchasing them, visitors were also able to create their own Christmas card. Here you can see team Delft's version!
Team Nijmegen organized a full day of fun games in order to entertain Dutch children and raise donations for children in Uganda!
Team Utrecht went out to collect an enormous amount of recyclable bottles! The money that was raised went to TeamUp Uganda.
Each year the student network celebrates Student unite day. It is an opportunity for student volunteers to get to know each other and even speed date with inspiring employees of UNICEF.
Also, students were given the chance to develop their skills and talents.
We celebrated the day online this year, due to covid-19. Nevertheless, all the chairs of the student teams had the opportunity to come together at the office in The Hague to meet each other in person and have fun activities such as workshops! At the end of the day, everyone left with new friendships, stories and memories.
“It is amazing to work together with so many likeminded individuals, who are motivated to invest their time and energy in helping children. I am proud to represent such an inspiring group!”Floor Lochten, Youth Representative
"As a student, a lot of opportunities are given to volunteer, organize events and develop yourself professionally. Additionally, when being a student volunteer for UNICEF, it gives me the opportunity to stand for something bigger than myself, really doing something meaningful and to take small steps in helping every child to have access to what they deserve, such as; education, healthcare and a safe environment.
As the coordinator for the UNICEF Student Team Eindhoven I lead the Eindhoven Student Team where we organize several events, often with external partners, to raise awareness and/or money for UNICEF. In Eindhoven there are some beautiful initiatives we collaborate with, such as Liberation 040; the Liberation festival of Eindhoven in September, where we can stand together for freedom and children’s rights."
"Volunteering for the UNICEF Student Teams has given me the greatest of joy and fulfillment. Doing my little part for a good cause, I learned to organize awareness and fundraising events representing UNICEF. With that of course problems came along, perhaps the biggest the Corona Crisis. But as a UNICEF Team, we tackled them together. All of this let me grow as a person and prepared me for my future professional life. It made me passionate about children´s rights and allowed me to do my little part in realizing a better future for children. I am looking to whatever lies ahead of me as a UNICEF volunteer and recommend everyone to become part of the UNICEF family!"
‘IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!’
Is the phrase that comes to our minds when we do what we do
And what do we do?
We create, explore, brainstorm, we go out in the world with these crazy and funny ideas through which we hope we will touch people’s amygdalas (yes, we’re smart too)
It’s not a job, it’s not an obligation, it’s a sincere desire to make a difference Is it easy and an obstacle-free journey? Quite the opposite if you ask us…
But we found each other and this is why it’s working!
We come from different cultures, we speak different languages, we have different religions, yet we have a similar mindset, and act with both ration and emotion.
We’re up for a challenge, and up for doing our best no matter what, and…We’re definitely not afraid to speak our minds and stand by what we believe in, which is the youth’s potential We believe in ourselves, we believe in our student network and the volunteers’ amazing capabilities, and we believe we are here with a purpose that we mustn’t forget:
Supporting children around the world and making sure they don’t let go of their dreams So if you see us and wonder who we are and why we are here, well…
We are here FOR THE CHILDREN
“I cannot think of a better project I can devote my free time to. Memories and bonds I have made within the UNICEF student network are ones I will look back on for the rest of my life.”Demi de Randamie, Student Coach South