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3 tips for volunteering with refugees

About a hundred countries regularly take part in the so-called “World Refugee Day“, which has taken place annually since 2001. Many events and projects are initiated with which participants express their solidarity with refugees.

On this day, the UN Refugee Agency will also publish the global refugee numbers. In recent years they have reached sad records. Violence, persecution and human rights violations have forced and still force many people worldwide to leave their homes.

Already since the foundation of, projects with refugees have been an integral part of our platform. Over the years, we have been able to gather a lot of experience on how engagement with refugees can become a real support for them. We would like to share these experiences with you, so that your commitment is as effective as possible.

Before we start with our 3 tips, it is important to say that volunteering with refugees – like basically every work with people – requires openness and commitment. Besides that, there are no additional formal requirements when working with and for refugees.

1. Meet people at eye level

The IQ Netzwerk Baden-Württemberg has created a very helpful video describing the causes of disappointment and irritation when working with refugees. 

Their summary: An exchange at eye level between volunteers and refugees is hardly possible. But to create at least a “common ground”, volunteers must accept the individuality of refugees and their right to self-determination. They should also ask questions and wait for their answers instead of answering them in advance.

2. Be interculturally open

Most of the time, the culture of refugees is very different from your own culture, so you should be open and without prejudice to new ways of behaving and interacting.

We advise you to inform yourself about the situation refugees are in and to reflect your own position as a volunteer. You should be open-minded for other cultures and perspectives. And finally you should be a good listener.

3. Create a basis of trust

Especially some projects, like mentoring, require a particular level of trust between the volunteers and refugees. As this takes time to develop, you should be willing to take on long(er) term commitments.

For other projects and activities, such as a women’s café with refugee women, where a protected space is created in which women can develop themselves as freely as possible, you can also get involved for a short-term.

Source: SINGA-Language Cafe

You want to get involved in volunteering with refugees?

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