Volunteers are involved in refugee support activities on the ground in different sites (UAM shelters, family hubs, refugee camps, etc.). All camps are UNHCR approved facilities. Activities are based on non-formal education and take many forms, i.e. organization of awareness raising events, organisation of recreational activities for refugees and migrants, organization of language courses.
The different actions and phases of the project support and empower young volunteers from partner organizations to take action and actively contributing to welcome asylum-seekers and newly arrived migrants in refugee camps or other hosting structures and within local communities. During their volunteering period, participants directly work with young asylum-seekers and migrants, providing non-formal education activities in camps and hosting structures and supporting the interaction between refugees and the local communities they live in.
Young newly arrived migrants are therefore prepared and supported for a smooth integration in the European society, from a grassroots and bottom-up perspective, while Youth Organizations improve their capacities and their youth work practices in order to ensure a long-term integration of migrants into their membership and activities (by acquiring knowledge, expertise and practical tools & methodologies).
Within the different project phases, partners also develop a social campaign to raise awareness on the project topics and on the living conditions faced by refugees and the need to open local communities to welcome and integrate them. In this regard, volunteers will be also responsible for developing a photographic report of their experience: the pictures will eventually be part of a final exhibition that will contribute to disseminate the project results and to reach out within the international community.
In general, the project actively promote mutual understanding and respect among young people with different ethnic backgrounds with the aim of facilitating intercultural dialogue and learning, and of supporting the inclusion of the newcomers in local European communities. It also counter the daily challenges of refugee camp life (psychological and health hazards) through ensuring coordinated activities to this purpose and human resources on a daily basis.