Are you interested in meeting someone who is established in the Finnish society? Would you like to practice Finnish or Swedish? Or do you need support in job search? Do you want to share your own experiences and create something new, a new network?
Maybe FIKA is something for you? In the mentoring program you will be given an opportunity for personal development through an exchange of experiences with your own mentor. You will be paired up with a mentor who you meet for 4-8h/month during a 6 month long period. Your mentor is a person who can help you to find your way in society, maybe he or she can help you with job search, give you tips on useful services and interesting events or practice languages with you.
What is needed to participate? You need to be motivated and able to commit for 6 months and be interested in meeting new people. You also need to have a residence permit.
For the time being we are not taking on new applications for the mentoring program. We will announce the next application period shortly!
In a mentoring program a person, who is more experienced in a certain field or area – a mentor, shares his or her practical knowledge and helps to guide somebody who needs advice and support in this area – a 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.
Within a six month period you will meet your mentor 4 to 8 hours per month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First of all, you 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.
Participation in the program is FREE of charge.