Children

 

Background

Research shows that children who grow up in a higher socio-economic neighborhood develop better than children who grow up in a lower socio-economic neighborhood (Kinderen in Tel, 2010). This partly has to do with their home situation, but for a large part also with the children you play with, the atmosphere and the subculture.

Schools and neighborhood organizations play an even more important role in the lower socio-economic neighborhoods in guiding, educating and inspiring children. They are an important key in the development of these children and NL Cares has been organizing and supporting educational and inspiring activities with and for these children for years. For instance with extra attention for reading and language, inspiring guest lessons, homework support and sports activities. In this way we support many community organizations that work with these children with extra volunteers.

Communication

Often a large part of the children from these neighborhoods come from families with a migration background. This allows the children to have a (slight) language deficiency. So make sure you speak calmly and clearly and adjust to the pace of the child. This pace can also be higher than you expect, so adjust your tempo to the level of the student.
In working with children, it is important to be very straight forward, so that the child knows what will happen and what is expected. You are the fun and friendly volunteer, but you may be strict if necessary. If there is a real problem with a child or between children, there is always a contact person from the school / social organization present. You can always get help from the contact person. Always approach a child positively and ensure that you give constructive feedback. Children pick up a lot more if you give them a positive feeling!

Thanks for your help and have fun volunteering!