Time to be Welcome - Time to make a change
The project “Time to be welcome” is an Erasmus Plus KA3 collaborative partnership between WOSM, YEU International, EFIL, Scouting Ireland, Icelandic Scouts, Scouts of Macedonia, Singa, British Red Cross, Scouts Hellas (SHP) and EEUdF. The project will run until November 2018 and will involve volunteers from several different countries, volunteering for various periods of time (2 months, 6 months or 12 months).
The project aims at encouraging young volunteers and youth organisations in Europe to support the welcoming of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and their integration process through the use of non-formal education and youth work, while encouraging Public opinion in Europe to be more respectful and more open towards migrants. Volunteers will be empowered to take action in contributing to welcome refugees and newly arrived migrants in refugees camps and other hosting structures (such as shelters for unaccompanied minors and family hubs) and local communities. They will also facilitate the interaction between refugees and the local communities members in order to set a strong foundation for their future cooperation and mutual understanding.
From February 24th to February 27th, YEU took part in the kick-off meeting of the project in Athens, developing long term strategies with the local and international partners and visiting the locations of the project. This was particularly useful in order to fully understand the situation of asylum seekers in Athens: representatives of all partner organisations, in fact, had the chance to visit the refugee camp of Lavrio, in the city suburbs, where the greek scouts play a major role in providing recreational and educational activities to young refugees and in managing the general warehouse where basic items and equipment for all Athens refugee camps are stored. Moreover, additional visits to local NGOs such as Faros (https://www.faros.org.gr/) and Arsis (http://arsis.gr/en/home/) and their facilities (shelters for minors and hubs for refugee families) had a crucial role in understanding the efforts and commitment of different actors in fostering integration and inclusion of migrants and refugees in the local society, and above all to identify the needs and gaps that the project “Time to Be Welcome” will be able to address and fill in.
The project will give volunteers the opportunity to be real actors of positive change, allowing them to be involved first hand and on the ground in refugee support activities in different sites (UAM shelters, family hubs, refugee camps, etc.). Activities will be based on non formal education and will take many forms, i.e. organisation of awareness raising events, organisation of recreational activities for refugees and migrants, organisation of language courses, development of inclusion tools to facilitate inclusion dynamics, etc. Hosting organisations (SHP) are also keen for volunteers to come forward with their own project ideas and, where possible, will support them to achieve these.
YEU will select a total of 8 volunteers (aged 18-30) from its member organisations to take part in the project (4 volunteers for 2 months, 2 volunteers for 6 months and 2 volunteers for 12 months). All volunteers will receive pre-departure and on-arrival trainings. Long term volunteers will also have the chance to attend international trainings and dissemination activities.
Further details can be found in the online call: