Do you want to meet interesting people from other parts of the world? Do you want to make people feel welcome in a new society, and do you believe in integration through personal contacts?
If you answered yes to the questions above, perhaps our mentor program FIKA is something for you! A mentor is a volunteer willing to work about four hours a month for a six month period of time. In exchange you get to meet new people. Awesome right?
You will be given an introduction to your role as mentor. There are also activities within the program that support you during the period.
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 apply 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 an interest in other cultures, meeting people, and hopes for integration through personal contacts. Mentorship also works both ways, you get to understand the mentee’s culture, home country and cultural experiences. Information that you yourself would like to have if you moved to another country and different culture can be of great value for newcomers.
What can you as a mentor do
As a mentor, you will be given training for your upcoming role. To make the period as rewarding as possible we try to match pairs with similar work experience, education and interests.
A mentor functions as a guide into the Finnish society. You act like a sounding board, answer questions, give hints, ideas and tools needed in a new society. The 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 Luckan Integration and FIKA organises.