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

Buddy Students

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INTERVIEWS


INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Bolzano

COUNTRY

Italy

CITY

Bolzano

Address

Piazza dell'Università, 1 - 39100 Bolzano

TYPOLOGY

- Non formal education activities for students

TARGET GROUPS

- Students

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

The project aims to involve students in the team of buddies. The "Buddy" project started to offer support to refugee students, but it was also a great opportunity for the local students willing to join the programme as buddies.
Being a buddy, students can help their peers and this is a crucial factor. However, buddy students explain that they may receive more that they give from this experience. For instance, this is a great chance to develop teamwork and emphatic skills. Also, students have the opportunity to enlarge their networks and make cultural experiences. Besides, buddy students are often in their mobility and this means they are in a foreign country with possible linguistic issue. Joining the team, foreign students can easily find friends and fill their spare time with peers by conducting an important mission. The team of buddies is a multicultural crew that deals with multicultural issues.

RESULTS AND IMPACT

The involvement of students as buddies is so successful that there are more buddies than refugees. This is because the university is investing in the project and several professors and officers offer their time to the programme. In addition, students aim to enroll because they want to join a team and learn something while helping their peers. Lastly, successful buddies receive a certificate that validates their experience. As buddy students say "this is a good line in our CV!".