This is a reference for Lukas H.

Supporting refugees - but how?

The training activity took place
in Berlin, Germany
organised by Soldiner Kiez e.V.
10th October - 5th November 2015

Aims & objectives

In order to promote the inclusion of refugees in German society, to prevent discrimination against refugees and to foster voluntary work in favor of and in collaboration with refugees, three seminars were organized.
The first seminar gave insights into the situation of refugees in Germany, into the legal aspects of applying for asylum, into possibilities of supporting refugees and opened a space of exchange between refugees and neighbors of a refugee shelter in Berlin wedding to identify how to involve refugees into creating projects that promote those objectives.

The second seminar focused on psychologically challenging situations some refugees may find themselves confronted with and contained a workshop on the intercultural encounter between refugees and their new neighbors.

The third seminar was created in a marketplace-setting. Several projects and organizations that offer volunteering opportunities for and with refugees presented themselves to visitors of the event. Parallely, workshops were held that introduced volunteer work in the Berlin-Wedding neighborhood, initiatives of the public administration towards integrating refugees and the experiences of a welfare organization running a refugee shelter.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The target group of the workshops consisted of refugees themselves, neighbors of a refugee shelter in Berlin Wedding, youth workers and potential volunteers interested in supporting refugees.

The 112 attendants of the workshops consisted of Syrian, German, British, French, Dutch and Turkish nationals.

Training methods used & main activities

In order to reach the goals of the project, methods of non-fermal learning were used. As such, participants were engaged in group discussions and role plays. During the market of opportunities the exhibiting organizations presented themselves on posters and in dialogues with participants.
Also, some presentations and handouts were used in order to give some initial inputs and to document the activities.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants gave really positive feedback on the three seminars. Participants experienced a very lively demonstration of a diverse, participative local (and within this global) culture. Also contact between refugees and neighbors of the refugee shelter was established

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Together with my colleague Valeska Cordier, I planned, administrated, realized the seminars. Also, I created, organized and offered workshops at each of the seminar days and moderated group discussions during all of the three days.
Also, I applied for the seminar funds, and together with my colleague documented and evaluated the activities.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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