Do you want to contribute to people feeling welcome in a new society? Are you interested in meeting new people? Do you believe in integration through personal contacts

If so the mentor program could be something for you. A mentor is a volunteer willing to meet a newcomer in Finland for about 4-8 hours per month for a 6 month period of time. In exchange you as a mentor will get to meet new people and learn about other cultures and ways of thinking.

As a mentor you work as a link to the Finnish society. You support your mentee in various things according to the goals you set up together. It can be anything from job search to language training or just hanging out, sharing experiences and learning from each other. You meet in your spare time and do things together. We at Luckan support you throughout the process.

Before you meet your pair for the first time, you will be given an introduction to your role as a mentor, this introduction is in Swedish. The pairs are matched according to similar interests and backgrounds.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, don’t hesitate to fill in the form and we will contact you shortly. 

NOTE! We cannot guarantee that you will be paired immediately.

Would you like to know more? Contact [email protected]

FAQ

WHAT IS A MENTORING PROGRAM?

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.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE?

As a future mentor you need to be ready to volunteer to support someone who needs assistance in integrating  into Finnish society.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROGRAM LAST?

Within a six month period you will meet your mentee 4 to 8 hours per month.

WHAT SHALL I DO AS A MENTOR?

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. 

HOW DOES IT WORK IN PRACTICE?

Before you meet your mentee for the first time, you get an introduction to your future role as a mentor. The pairs are possibly matched based on similar interests, educational background and/or work experience. When the mentor and mentee are paired, they first meet at Luckan. During the first meeting a coordinator is always present. After 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. 

HOW DO I BENEFIT FROM BEING A MENTOR?

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.

DO I GET A VOLUNTEERING CERTIFICATE AFTER THE PROGRAM? 

Yes, all the mentors receive a certificate stating that they have participated in an educational session and volunteered as a mentor for a 6 month period. 

If there is anything you wonder about FIKA don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Mirjam Granström
[email protected]
050 356 6661
Integrations coordinator