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.
For the time being we are not taking on new applications for the mentoring program. We will announce the next application period shortly!
Would you like to know more? Contact [email protected]
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 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 mentee 4 to 8 hours per month.
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.
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.
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.
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.