Join us! We're looking for new volunteers...
With Europe struggling to face the current wave of people who are reaching or trying to reach the European continent, many of us are left wondering how we can do our part. Here at The Refugee Project, we can't solve the situation. But we can offer light, love and a warm welcome to all of the asylum seekers and refugees in Sofia's reception centres. We also try to share with them our skills and knowledge, which may result useful for their present and their future.
We are now recruiting new volunteers to work in the Ovcha Kupel and Voenna Rampa reception centres in Sofia, from 8 February 2016 – 31 May 2016.
For five years, Caritas Sofia and CVS-Bulgaria have been organising activities for asylum seekers and refugees at the Reception Centre in Ovcha Kupel, in co-operation with the State Agency for Refugees (SAR). In 2014-2015, we expanded our activities to all three reception centres in Sofia. The project provides an opportunity for volunteers to ease the integration of children, young people and adults into Bulgarian society. The project offers a variety of activities: English lessons, Bulgarian lessons and orientation in Bulgaria, IT classes, Art workshops and Sport and Games sessions, as well as excursions and volunteer-organised fundraising and promotion of the project.
We are now seeking new volunteers with fresh energy and ideas to continue to implement and develop the project activities in conjunction with our existing volunteers. Participants will volunteer on the same day each week (excluding weekends) for two hours, and will organise sessions of the type listed above. Training will be provided to prepare all volunteers for this work.
To become part of our team, you must:
- Be over 18 years old;
- Be able to volunteer on the same morning (from 10:30 to 12:30) or afternoon (14:00-16:00) each week;
- Have the desire and skills to work with refugee and asylum seeker children, young people or adults;
- Be helpful and responsive to their needs;
- Have a desire to share knowledge of one or more of: Bulgarian language and orientation, English language, Computing skills, Art, Sports and Games;
- Be responsible and prepared to plan sessions independently (under the mentorship of the project coordinators) after initial training
- Have an interest in different cultures
Experience of working with asylum seekers/refugees is an advantage, as well as education in social activities and/or pedagogy. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Farsi would be useful; knowledge of other languages is a plus.
To apply, please complete the online application form and send an up-to-date CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 January 2016.