Rocket Kids


What is Rocket Kids?

Rocket Kids is a service learning organization that recruits and trains college students year round to assist in child development and youth programs for military children and youth on Army bases in Europe.


What types of programs are offered?

Our spring and fall programs primarily serve the military Child Development Center programs working with children ages 0-5. During the summer, students may also assist in Day Camp programs working with kids ages 6-12 and middle school/teen programs working with youth 13-18.


When would I need to be available to participate?

Our typical programs are 10-12 weeks long. We have groups of students departing in August, October, January, March, May and June.


What are the benefits of Rocket Kids?

By participating in our program, you get 15 credit hours (usually elective credits) for $500 for your time during the summer or semester. You also get airfare and housing paid for, as well as a living stipend of around $25/day. It is a great way to travel to a fun and exciting location, build your resume, and most importantly to experience a wonderful opportunity gaining hands-on experience with children and youth.


How much will this cost me?

The costs that you will pay will be about $1,000 to $1,500, depending on if you already have some of the requirements such as a passport and first aid and CPR certifications. Some costs are mandatory for all participants including the credit hours, uniform fee, and liability insurance.


Where do you go?

The majority of the programs are located in Germany, with a select few positions sometimes offered in Italy, The Netherlands, and Belgium.


What kinds of certifications do I need to participate?

If you do not currently have any certifications, you need to be certified in CPR and First Aid for adult, infant and child.


How do I become involved?

The first step is to fill out a general information form linked on this site. You will then need to attend an interview, go through background check screening process and participate in a staff development training program.

Last Updated: 6/9/23