Why are we running this project?

Volunteer and citizen engagement is a relevant contributor to a solidary and sustainable society. The best proof of this can be seen in the area of refugee outreach work over the past two years. The "Perspektive Teilhabe" (Perspective Participation) project puts volunteer action at the center of working with refugees.

We aim to foster the social participation of refugees in their respective communities, and focus on the intercultural opening of institutions and civil society. The project starts with establishing the real needs and wishes, issues and structures of volunteer work as the basis of proposals for networking and advanced training in refugee work.

What are our goals?

The project supports volunteers in refugee outreach programs in developing their expertise and establishing structures. In doing so, the focus is on the critical reflection of attitudes and values, self- and interpersonal perceptions, as well as the debate on understanding integration, participation, and the qualification of volunteer structures.

The defined approach of participation should then be integrated in the principles and guidelines of associations, initiatives, and institutions that work with refugees.

How does the project work?

The project focuses on four areas:

  • The analysis pools findings on refugee-related volunteer activities, and on the handling of refugees’ participation. It is updated regularly.
  • Networking aims at systematically structuring the exchange among volunteers, based on their involvement in various networks and the project’s own offerings.
  • The third element is the development of educational activities in the form of practically relevant and accessible topic days and workshops.
  • Last but not least, the project is developing media and materials to support volunteers in their actual work with refugees, including the working papers and handouts listed below

Who are the target groups?                                                  

Target groups include both volunteers as well as professional staff involved in refugee outreach work.

Who organizes and sponsors the project?

The project is organized by a Berlin-based non-profit, Minor Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung e.V. (Project Office for Education and Research), and supported by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (FACE) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.