Here is it, MentorPower Guidebook, available for you to read!
MentorPower is approaching mentoring with a specific angle, putting migrant youth at the centre of the reflection. If you are working in an NGO, a public body, an educational institution (or something similar) and you are considering extending the field of your activities to a mentoring programme for migrant youth; this guidebook is made for you!
The aim of the guidebook is to help you go through all the steps towards conceiving and running your own mentoring programme. The chapters will contain a lot of « questions to ask yourself », in order to identify and analyse the different aspects of your local context: your organisation, your resources, your target group, and the specificities of your geographical area…
Thus, this guidebook should not be seen as a ‘ready to use product’, with step-by-step instructions to follow. On the contrary, we would like you to tailor your own mentoring programme for migrant youth, corresponding to your own needs. The authors paid attention not to tell you ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ when running a mentoring programme, but rather listing the possible choices and the implications involved. It’s up to you to decide what orientation to give to your programme!
MentorPower Guidebook is available in:
Have a good read!
We are happy to introduce you the new project called LEARNING ZONE coordinated by our partner organisation from Spain, Cazalla Intercultural:
This project aims at giving an aswer to needs developed in the current migration context.
Newly-arrived migrants and refugees seeking to adapt as soon as possible to the host country usually follow language courses for foreigners, taught by educators, teachers or volunteers. We believe that these classes are the perfect place to introduce non-formal methodologies and key learning competences through lifelong learning.
The aim of the project is to develop an didactic strategy to support the acquisition of key competences in newly-arrived migrants and refugees, to facilitate their inclusion to the host society.
1. Integrate the tools of non-formal education with an empirical approach in the Educational Curriculum of Adult Education Centres with migrant and / or recent refugees learners.
3. Understand the educational needs of migrants and recent refugees in order to give them a response within the existing adult educational institutions.
2. Develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers, guiding them through improving the necessary skills for facilitating the inclusion of newly-arrived migrants and refugees in the host society.
The methodology of the MOOC development is based on the combination of various resources:
- research of needs and context of immigrant students and language teachers,
- combination of formal and non-formal approach to develop transversal competences,
- cross-sectoral cooperation between non-profit organizations and centers dedicated to adult education,
The strategic outcomes are: development of skills of educators, trainers and students; and cooperation of local and national networks, giving a more tailored response to the needs of learning of immigrants and refugees.
Tangible results will be: a didactic guide and a MOOC online, both aimed at introducing in the classroom approaches and methodologies of non-formal education to facilitate the adaptation of newly arrived migrants or refugee in the host country.
Project coordinator :
Today is a good sunny day for a road trip to visit EVS (European Volunteer Service) in the nearby city. The journey takes about 1.40 hour drive from Marseille with beautiful scenery of leaves changing from green to yellow and red, the mountain of rock and blue sky.
The place I visited today is called “La Sympathie”. This is a private organization which is supported by the city itself. This place has a history back in 1950s where it used to be a center for retired solider who has been dedicated their life for the country. In 1998, the building has been bought by the city and turned to a leisure center for children. Here, there is ‘no school ‘on Wednesday so the city thinks it will be useful to have a place where children can do activities and learn with friends, while their parents are working during the day. Most of the staffs here are interns (university students on social studies) and volunteers from the area and other European countries. The children who attend this place are mostly from age of 5-12, although in France they start from 3 years old onward. They will do activities together by age group, for example activities on creative thinking. Children are joining from the morning, having lunch together and staying until parents pick them up after work.
In this organization, they is two EVS volunteers sent by PSM working here. One is from Greece, Andriana, and another from Sicily (Italy), Anita. Both are joining the same program for 1 year to spend time in France and work with this selected organization. They are working 35 hours per week according to the laws. How does the works divide? It depends on the organization. Here, they are working 3 days with 12 hours shift. The rest of the week will be according to each dream.
Andriana has come to France with a journalist and literature degree and her main goal is to learn French language, in which she is getting better every day. She loves to travel and she has time with an opportunity to do so and do it alone most of the time. Travelling alone and act like a local is her strategy to meet new people and to learn from the culture. She would like to stay longer in France after completing the program and join service civique to continue her dream.
Anita, who has studied communication in media institution, joined this program because she loves children as a starting point, and also France that she has already visited before. She likes to spend time with her family, cooking and staying put. She wants to pursue her study of social worker in this country.
Overall, both of them have followed their dream with a contribution to the society.
This was a testimony from Parin, job-shadower from Thailand. Find out more about her experience in here!
Today, I travel by local train from Marseille city to the north of Marseille, Saint Antoine, just 15 minutes away. In 1920s, this area was home to a camp of Armenian refugees, the Oddo Camp. Nowadays, there is no longer the camp, but you can find Armenian people live in the neighborhood.
Cosmos Kolej is an organization founded by an artist named Wladyslaw Znorko in 1981. He has performed his art in many countries and decided to settle in Marseille in 2001 where the organization is situated in present day. He calls this place as “the free station” or a sanctuary where people, poetic and artist can stay, create and show their piece of art. The place combines with a house, a garden and an abandoned factory where artist can display and express their work today.
In this place, they have one volunteer working with them named Adriana. She has joined through EVS (European Voluntary Service) program for 1 year. Originally, her family is from Bolivia, but settled in Spain. She has a bachelor degree in International Business and 2 master degrees in International Relation and International Trade. She has been working for 3 years and deciding to come here to meet new people and have a broader perspective for her future study in Strategic Leader toward Sustainability. Her tasks are to look after the garden which creates the link between two communities from Plan d’Aou and St. Antoine. They have workshops for students and children regularly to teach them how to grow fruits and vegetables. However, she is keen to technical work; how to use lifting machine and how to control the light for the stage. Actually, she has discovered herself in many ways while staying here.
This was a testimony from Parin, job-shadower from Thailand. Find out more about her experience in here!
During two weeks Pistes Solidaires Méditerranée hosted Parin, a project’s coordinator from Thaïland, who was participating in a job-shadowing program. This job-shadowing was taking part into a larger project: SILC (Seeding Social Innovation in Local Communities).
For 2 weeks Parin discovered how PSM was dealing with its volunteers, what are their activities and what activities PSM is organizing.
She wrote different articles about her experiences in Marseille:
The project « Act Locally, Think Internationally, Union(S) elections – A.L.T.I.U.S. » was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme « Europe for Citizens ».
6 events have been carried out within this project:
Participation: The event involved 79 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Kalamata, Greece, 1 participant from the city of Razlog, Bulgaria, 1participant from the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, 1 participant from the city of Bologna, Italy and 1 participant from the city of Rezekne, Latvia
Location / Dates: The event took place in Marseilles, France, from 06/02/2015 – 08/02/2015
Short description: The aim of the event was for the partners in this project to meet together with representatives from local authorities and CSOs, and to define the objectives of and the strategies for the implementations of the activities, and the process to be followed throughout the project. During the event, the partners drew up a clear strategy that would ensure the quality implementation of the project, created our communication, and dissemination plans, divided the tasks between the partners and defined the main topics for continuation of the project. A session was also held in the Marseilles Europe Direct offices, with the participation of local citizens of diverse origin, to present the idea of the A.L.T.I.U.S. project and investigate their views on European issues and identity and hold the first Debate of the project.
Participation: The event involved 157 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Kalamata, Greece, 1 participant from the city of Razlog, Bulgaria, 1participant from the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, 1 participant from the city of Bologna, Italy and 1 participant from the city of Marseilles, France
Location / Dates: The event took place in Rezekne, Latvia from 06/05/2015 – 08/05/2015
Short description: The aim of the event was to present the results of the activities of the project so far. To that aim, a conference was organised with the title “Citizen Involvement: My Opinion and Actions Matter!” where our findings as well as examples of Active Citizen’s involvement and initiatives at local and international levels. In parallel, the partners also visited local civil society organisations and authorities and discussed how we can empower and encourage Citizens to be more actively involved in civil society initiatives at local and European levels.
Participation: The event involved 61 citizens, including 2 participants from the city of Kalamata, Greece, 5 participant from the city of Rezekne, Latvia, 5participants from the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, 5 participants from the city of Bologna, Italy and 5 participants from the city of Marseilles, France
Location / Dates: The event took place in Razlog, Bulgaria, from 24/05/2015 to 29/05/2015
Short description: The aim of the event was to prepare the participants to become multipliers of the values that the project promotes and to be ready to be actively involved in future activities. The participants learned about the possible ways for participating in the policy making process of the EU, the importance of the EU elections, and the importance of active participation in local level for the well-being of the EU communities.
Participation: The event involved 203 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Rezekne, Latvia, 1 participant from the city of Razlog, Bulgaria, 1participant from the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, 1 participant from the city of Bologna, Italy and 1 participant from the city of Marseilles, France
Location / Dates: The event took place in Kalamata, Greece, from 18/03/2016 to 20/03/2016
Short Description: The aim of the event was to present the activities that happened at local level in the partner countries, as well as to introduce the theme that was selected during the local debates, Active Citizenship and Volunteerism, and to introduce the network that was created during the project, namely the A.L.T.I.U.S. European Network for the Promotion of Volunteerism and Active Citizenship. During the conference that was organized, with the title “Active Participation as a means for Community development”, the notion of active citizenship and participation from Ancient Greece to today’s Europe was analysed, we looked for answers regarding the way that Active Citizenship and promotion of Volunteerism can be encouraged, and good practices and examples of people and groups that through their active participation strengthened their society were presented. During the 3rd day of the event, 3 workshops were organized, where the participants had the opportunity to better comprehend the meaning and importance of volunteerism, understand better Active Citizenship and learn how to use new technologies to promote Civil Society activities.
Participation: The event involved 119 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Rezekne, Latvia, 1 participant from the city of Razlog, Bulgaria, 1participant from the city of kalamata, Greece, 1 participant from the city of Bologna, Italy and 1 participant from the city of Marseilles, France
Location / Dates: The event took place in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, from 08/04/2016 to 10/04/2016
Short description: The aim of the event was to present the newly created ALTIUS network and to go deeper into the subject of Volunteerism and Active Citizenship at both local and European levels. The event organised by Europe House Slavonski Brod was dedicated to concept of active citizenship and promotion of volunteerism. During the event, the speakers presented the EU programs and financial instruments that promote active European citizenship, encourage cooperation between citizens and organizations from different countries, make the development of a sense of belonging to common European ideals easier and promote the process of European integration.
Participation: The event involved 61 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Rezekne, Latvia, 1 participant from the city of Razlog, Bulgaria, 1participant from the city of kalamata, Greece, 1 participant from the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia and 1 participant from the city of Marseilles, France
Location / Dates: The event took place in Bologna, Italy, from 16/06/2016 to 18/06/2016
Short description: The aim of the event was for the partners to evaluate the project and its results, as well as to discuss follow-up activities and the future steps of the ALTIUS network. During the public event that was organised the project and the ALTIUS network were presented, as well as good practices and examples of Active Citizenship and initiatives at both local as well as international levels.
My name is Robin DURAND, I am thirty years old. I chose to go volunteering for a year for several reasons. First, I already taught english and french as foreign languages in a private school for three and a half years and I wanted to teach these skills for free. I personnally wanted to get out of my comfort zone and benefit others, and as a way to experiment resilience to adress social issues. Then I was eager to travel abroad and to discover a new culture, way different than the ones I encounter in my homeland. Because France and Morroco share a common heritage, it was also a way for me to get closer to Arabic tradition. It was very beneficial for me and my hope is that it left a good impact on the people I’ve come to met and help, and the land itself which I contribute to know and transform.
Activities in the Orphanage Dar Al Atfal
For the first month of my arrival I had the opportunity to participate in urban landscaping in the orphanage with the Collective Pourquoi Pas. We undertook building benches with recycled materials like old tires, build raised bed gardens for herbal tea plants with mud bricks. Learning this ancient technique of adobe building was very fun way to create an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie amongst orphans and volunteers. We held film projections for the children and invited a music band to play for the kids. In the meantime I had started tutoring and teaching french first for young kids and then for young adults.
I also participated in a permaculture workshop in the cultural event La serre organized by L’Atelier de l’Observatoire in Parc Yasmina. In this workshop we made seedballs a technique to implement reforestation, it was a way to give flowers and seeds to people.
I was also involved in the making of the Permaculture Garden Ibn Al Awam of the association Orange Bleue Maghreb as part of my personnal project. I volunteered there at the first opening of the garden to host and accomodate participants, and on many occasions I did tree planting and implementation of the design and was happy to witness the progression of such a good venture in an urban area. The purpose of such a garden is to provide with a model for permaculture and to show and teach how such a model is sustainable and could transform the city.
I litterally fell in love with the country and its people, and overall it was a very good experience and I wish to keep the ties I’ve made strong to continue promote cooperation and environemental practice between nations. To encourage mobility between volunteers of differents backgrounds and to promote a different approach of agriculture both in rural areas and in the city. Studying and promoting biodiversity is a crucial yet underdevelopped discipline. I am dedicating myself to it in the future to invest in people. Morroco is a great country, full of ressources with poetry at every corner, I haven’t visit it entirely and wish to explore more in the future. I warmly thanks every individual that made this opportunity possible and help me during my volunteering.