How does FIKA work?
A person who needs support in his or her integration process is paired with a mentor who feels established in Finnish society. Together they become familiar with, for example, the Finnish labour market, languages, society and culture and share tips and experiences with each other. The pair meets for six months, around 4-8 hours per month.
In a mentoring program a mentor – who is more experienced in a certain field or area – shares their practical knowledge and helps to guide a mentee – somebody who needs advice and support in this area.
As a future mentee you need to be motivated, and be interested in meeting new people. You also need to have a residence permit. You will have to set your own goals for what you want to achieve during the program; receive constructive feedback; accept suggestions and advice, and be open to new ideas and change.
As a future mentor you need to be ready to volunteer to support someone who needs assistance in integrating into Finnish society. No particular experience or knowledge is required, just an open mind and the interest to get to know a new person.
Both mentor and mentee need to be able to commit for 6 months, and dedicate between 4 and 8 hours monthly.
A mentor period lasts 6 months from the first meeting. During this time you will meet your mentor/mentee between 4 and 8 hours per month.
As a mentee you will receive personal advice and support from somebody who cares. You increase your social confidence, develop strategies for dealing with your personal and social issues, identify your goals and establish a sense of direction, gain valuable insight into the next stage of your life or career, obtain new friends and broaden your network.
Through meetings with your mentor – a person well-established in Finnish society – you might get support in job search and practical advice on social life and integration, practice Finnish or Swedish language and obtain useful information about living in Finland.
As a mentor you will be a bridge between the mentee and Finnish society, which is new to the mentee. You may give advice regarding job search, language and the integration process, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and act as a role model. You help your mentee set clear goals and develop strategies for dealing with the mentee’s personal and social issues.
Being a mentor you have an opportunity to improve your communication and personal skills, reinforce your own current skills and knowledge, gain recognition for your skills and experience, enhance your CV by participating in volunteering activities. You also increase your circle of friends, and learn about a new culture.
No. It is a FIKA coordinator who pairs the mentor and mentee based on the mentee’s needs and requirements, and on the mentor’s resources.
At the moment we cannot guarantee that all who have applied for the program will get a mentor/mentee.
When the mentor and mentee are paired, they first meet at Luckan. During the first meeting a coordinator is always present. During that meeting the mentor and mentee agree on the goals with the mentorship and on convenient times and places to meet between themselves. A final meeting can be organised at Luckan. Luckan supports you throughout the whole process.
Participation in the program is FREE of charge.
Yes – from 2020 onward it will be possible to have entirely digital or hybrid mentor periods.