Intercultural pilots assist migrants in Dortmund

Fri 09 Sep 2016 11:38:00 AM EEST

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Believing that multiculturalism can support a democratic community and enrich its culture, the Auslandsgesellschaft Intercultural Academy along with five Rotary Clubs of Dortmund set up a programme to help the newly arrived. The personalised approach to new migrants is said to hold the key to success.

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As newly arrived migrants in Germany rarely speak the language and often struggle with adjusting to a different society, the Auslandsgesellschaft Intercultural Academy and five Rotary Clubs of Dortmund established a programme to give them a hand. Intercultural pilots are supposed to provide relevant information to migrants during their first weeks in Germany.

To make sure that the pilots are easily approachable, Intercultural Academy recruits only those who speak migrants’ native languages. This way, the pilots can offer remarkable help in finding employment, registration, informing the migrants about the education system and health care. These topics are also part of the training that future pilots have to undergo, as is conflict management.

The project only started in the beginning of 2016 but it is already ensuring a friendly welcome to the migrants joining a new community.

Project: Intercultural pilots

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Text: Aleksandra Kozyra