Do you want to meet interesting people from other parts of the world? Do you want to take part in making refugees and migrants feel welcome, and do you believe in integration through personal contacts?
If you answered yes to the questions above, perhaps the mentor program could be something for you! A mentor is a volunteer willing to work about four hours a month. In exchange you as a mentor will be able to meet new cultures and new people. The period of mentorship within the project is for six months.
You will be given an education for your role as mentor. There are regular activities of support for your mentorship. What is asked of you interested in becoming a mentor is that you attend an introduction course in your local Luckan centre and that you can spare four hours a month for a period of at least six months.
What are the demands on me as a mentor? Am I suitable as a mentor?
Anybody can be a mentor. There are no needs regarding education, situation or experience. Everything you have done in your life counts as a merit when you seek to become a mentor! A mentor has to be at least twenty years old. The mentor needs to be able to discuss in swedish.
It is required to have interests in other cultures and hopes for integration through personal contact. Mentorship also works both ways, you get to understand the adept’s culture, home country and cultural experiences. At the same time the mentor has a duty to present and show the Finland-Swedish society, culture and lifestyle. Information that you yourself would like to have if you moved to another country and different culture.
What can you as a mentor do
As a mentor, you will be given training for your coming role. To make the period of mentorship as rewarding as possible we try to match pairs of mentors and adepts with similar work experience, education and interests. Men will mainly be paired with men and women mainly with women.
A mentor functions as a guide into the Finland-Swedish society. You act like a sounding board, answer questions, give hints and ideas and show how things work in the new culture. The project staff will be available for all questions throughout the time of the project.
The pairs themselves can decide on what they want to do. Perhaps meet over a cup of coffee and just talk. Or they can participate for free in events that BRIDGE and FIKA organises. FIKA also arranges events and information gatherings for your benefit.
When possible the discussion is held in Swedish so that the adept can practice his/her language skills.