FIKA works like this
A person who needs support regarding his or her integration process is paired up with a mentor who feels established in the Finnish society. Together they will become familiar with for example the Finnish labour market, languages, the society and culture and share experiences with each other. The pair meets for six months, approximately 4-8 hours per month.
In a mentoring program a person, who is more experienced in a certain field or area – a mentor, shares his practical knowledge and helps to guide somebody who needs advice and support in this area – a mentee.
As a future mentee you need to be motivated, able to commit for 6 months and be interested in meeting new people. You also need to have a residence permit.
As a future mentor you need to be ready to volunteer to support someone who needs assistance in integrating into Finnish society.
Within a six month period you will meet your mentor/mentee 4 to 8 hours per month.
As a mentee you will receive personal advice and emotional 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 the 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 mentee you will have to dedicate from 4 to 8 hours monthly to meet with your mentor; set your own goals, which you would like to achieve during the program; receive constructive feedback, accept suggestions and advice and be open to new ideas and change.
As a mentor you will be a bridge between the mentee and the 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 role modeling. You help your mentee to 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, 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 last meeting can be organised at Luckan if necessary. Luckan supports you throughout the whole process.
Participation in the program is FREE of charge.