The project involves about 50 volunteers from several countries, for periods that vary between 2-12 months, in Greece and France. They help support migrants with their integration into their new lives in Europe.
Volunteers are involved in activities on the ground in different sites (refugee centers, UAM shelters, family hubs, refugee camps, etc.), as well as in local communities in Athens and Paris with a high intake of newly arrived migrants. Activities are based on non-formal education and take many forms, i.e. workshops, sports activities, recreational activities for refugees and migrants, language courses, as well as organizing awareness raising events and using the scout method to create the connection with the local societies.
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 are 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.
The different actions and phases of the project have so far supported and empowered 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, hosting structures, and supporting the interaction between refugees and the local communities they live in. They facilitate the interaction between Refugees and the local communities’ members in order to set a strong foundation for their future cooperation and mutual understanding. They also raise awareness of the European society on the situation faced by migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe and the need to open their communities to welcome them.
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 and methodologies).
The project not only contributes to create space for dialogue and understanding through joint activities with refugees and young Europeans inside their local hosting communities. It also aims to scale up existing tools and good practices for cultural understanding to a large European Youth audience, thus ensuring a leverage effect for the development of a more tolerant Europe.
The volunteers and the staff involved in the project collect tools and good practices and make them available for also other organizations and youth workers through their networks and share it on their websites/social media, in order to reach a wider audience. They will also share it with the National youth councils and other youth organizations through dissemination events and awareness raising activities, promoting the project tools and activities.