Digital Guide

The present digital guide represents one of the main outcomes of the joint work of the project consortium represented by Alternativi International (Bulgaria) as coordinator and, OEJAB (Austria), PROJUVEN (Spain) and Futuro Digitale (Italy) as partners within the project “Volunteers 4 ALL”, in order to provide youth workers with updated knowledge, tools and examples of good practices. The guide presents the current situation, challenges & opportunities as well as the main project results with best practices.

Approaching and helping refugees through social media channels is a relatively new issue and the latest one that youth workers are being asked to address. This guide will provide an innovative and comprehensive response to support youth workers and other volunteers. In the guide will be marked the necessity of a strong sense of civic responsibility and a clear understanding of what is right for a better and fairer Europe.

This digital guide for busy practitioners like NGOs will close the gaps how to employ ICTs and social media by volunteers and youth workers for the purpose of helping migrants before, during and after their migration journey, as well as related to the use of social media by migrants for integration in host countries, to maintaining family relations, sustaining cultural identities and in supporting a family from abroad.

In the first guidelines chapter, this digital guide will provide you as a reader with key definitions often used in the field of refugee work, recommendations on how to organize a project for refugees and how to prepare volunteers and youth workers for regular activities with refugees and asylum seekers. The second chapter of training resources focuses on examples of non-formal education as form of extracurricular learning, which is planned and structured and realized with the active participation of a facilitator and participants. The case studies chapter introduces some projects that are designed to show that there are many ideas and initiatives in the private, social and business environment that should enable or facilitate refugees to settle in their host country. The last chapter deals with the possible options for youth and social workers to be an active part of the innovation processes in their organizations.

The guide is available in English, Italian, Bulgarian, Spanish and German language.

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