On Monday we started with the second part of the presentation of the projects from the participants. David did a project to introduce non formal education methodologies into his organization (Doctors of the World). Pascalis, Diana, Simina and Andonis did a cooking project in different countries called “Cooking without borders”, the interviewed the cooks and posted it in the blog (https://cookingwithoutborderssite.wordpress.com/). Federica and Stefania interviewed migrants on the topic of migration and inclusion in Bologna (Italy). Alex did in her organisation in Valencia a project called “Feel, think and act” on teaching non formal methods with youngsters on the topic of participation and additionally she did a training course on how to work with migrant people. Jens and Bela did a migrant course with migrants on social movement.
Afterwards we did a conclusion trying to connect issues and capabilities of the projects.
In the afternoon in two groups we visited an art organization for migrants and did a tour in a Lampedusa boat.
In Studio Yalla (www.studioyalla.nl) we visited Yara, a syrian artist who has a studio there to create art. It’s a special place for people with refugee background giving them the possibility to make art and share space with other artist and have exhibitions together.
The Lampedusa Tour company is called Rederij Lampedusa (http://www.rederijlampedusa.nl/). There “Moe”, a syrian refugee, took us in a former refugee boat trough the canals and he explained us about the history of migration in Amsterdam and his own story how he travelled from Syria to Amsterdam. The boat we were on has been used before by a group of refugees to travel from the coast of North Africa (probably Libya or Egypt) to the island of Sicily, Italy in 2014. This idea already was quite impressive.
TOPIC & CONTENT
First day in an outreach program can be difficult, fears and insecurity are common feelings between newcomers volunteers. To deal with problems as humman trafficking or difficult situations, new volunteers needs to have enough information, tools and resources.
This training is designed to provide materials, tools, resources and information not only about our programs and situations that we deal with. Furthermore it is necessary to inform about Health Rights, Gender and Human Rights Perspective.
PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH & METHOD
This project will use non formal & formal learning methods.
Through formal methods newcomers will learn:
- Human Rights perspective
- Spanish law about prostitution, migrants health rights, health and legal procedures, health centers and local resources to refer, etc.
Non formal education methods:
- Overcome bias
- Rol play games to prepared them for real intervention
- Prepare new volunteers for outreach intervention:
- Providing them with information, tools and knowledge about different issues and local resources.
- Raise volunteers selfconfidence through different strategies and intervention methods
- Raise their awareness on issues they are going to face.
Around 25 new volunteers to be trained for outreach intervention
TIMETABLE AND MILESTONES
End August: Non-formal methodologies and games adapated to our training and topics.
Mid-End September: Training with the volunteers
We have just experienced our first day. We are all excited about a long term training. You can feel how everyone is interested to know each other, to know what they are doing, where they are working, etc. When you are part of a project like this, you start your travel with a lot of questions: will the people be interesting? What’s the background of the participants? Will it be productive? Will it be a good vibe?
Two participants gave me their first day impressions but I will write as a group thought. At the arrival we felt really good welcomed, some of those questions that we had at the beginning of the travel disappeared when we knew the participant’s background. Then we started to get excited about all the knowledge that participants have and all the possible collaborations and productive classes we can have.
The atmosphere is really cool, everyone wants to know each other, nobody is staying behind. We are really happy with the food and with the training schedule.
First activities of the day were the opening and training introduction. It was a little bit hard to start the personal presentations without energizers but the games we did made the situation easier and it was really great to have activities and games outside with a nice weather.
Evening activities were more focused on the migration topic: We started working in teams, defining migration with our personal photos. It was time to get more personal and intimate. For participants it was a nice opportunity to understand each other and have a moment of solidarity listening other stories.
Dimensions of migrations activity brought us to the complexity of the theme. We realized that we didn’t know how to define it, there are a lot of aspects to take into consideration. We felt that we don’t have enough time to discuss about the subject in our group to define the term but we agreed that it is not possible to define it exactly.
We have a lot of positive feelings and hopes about the training. We are eager to know what it’s coming and what we can make together!