This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Refugees Initiative

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TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE

MAV – Multidimensional training of adult volunteers to foster migrants’ integration

INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

IFA Akademie, Institute for Foreign Relations

COUNTRY

Germany

CITY

Stuttgart

ADDRESS

IFA Akademie gGmbH Charlottenplatz 17, D-70173 Stuttgart

WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE


EUROPEAN PROJECT

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

TYPOLOGY

- Non formal education activities for students

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Integration of migrants and refugees happens in the neighborhood where people live. Civil society plays a crucial role in the integration process of newly immigrated migrants. In addition to governmental and municipal integration activities, mentoring programmes and integration with the support of your own peer group are especially relevant.

The MAV projects supports and qualifies volunteers to serve as mentors for migrants supporting them in their professional and social integration. Successful volunteering needs qualification and training.

“MAV – Multidimensional training of adult volunteers to foster migrants’ integration” trains and motivates migrant volunteers and others acting as mentors for other migrants. Participants will assume a very active role during the program sharing their knowledge, experience, ideas and questions related to the topic.MAV project products will be guidelines for trainers, an online training package for volunteers and tools for communication and motivation.

The partners of the project are: ifa Akademie, Institute for Foreign Relations [along with: The University of Naples Federico II, (Italy); Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava (Romania), Dafni Kentro Epaggelmatikis Katartisis (Greece), Synthesis Center for Research and Education LTD (Cyprus) and MAKRO Yonetim Gelistirme Danismanlik Ltd. Sti. (Turkey)]

To promote the social integration of migrants, stakeholders such as professionals, trainers as well as policy makers in adult learning working with migrants will be involved. The MAV project aims to increase the progress of migrant and refugee inclusion, ensures the long-term interest of migrants in volunteering, promotes the sustainability of all project products and offers products suitable for all EU member states.

RESULTS AND IMPACT

The MAV Guide for Trainers introduces the methodology and approach of MAV. For the development of the guideline experts were interviewed in all project countries. They all have been working for a long time in the areas of volunteering and integration of immigrants. In addition, successful examples of good practice from the areas of volunteering and integration were collected in all partner countries. These successful examples can be transferred to other countries and are presented in the appendix of the MAV Guide.

Courses for migrants and trainers were also developed. Migrant volunteers can help and accompany other migrants to better integrate into their host society. In this course you will learn how this process works and what is means to be a mentor. The course covers important issues such as language learning, motivation and starting a small business. Trainers, learn how they may introduce migrants to the principles and values of volunteering and mentoring.