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135. "Solidarity with refugees" - Training Course

Data: 30/04/2017

NR.: 135

DATA: 30.04.2017

TITOLO PROGETTO: "Solidarity with refugees"

RICHIESTA PROVENIENTE DA: Leonardo Pape (Germania)

TIPOLOGIA: Training Course

ARGOMENTO: During the studycamp the participants will work in a community garden with locals and refugees and study the history of past and present forced migration in Europe.


Activity date:
12th - 26th of August 2017.
Venue place, venue country: Friedland, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Summary: 4 million migrants have passed Friedland in 70 years. The studycamp offers creative work with a migrant theatre group and research activity with the museum of forced migration in the refugee camp along with practical engagement in a community garden.
Target group: Youth workers, Refugee activists, artists, media workers.
For participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries.
Group size: 15 participants
The village of Friedland became the place of the largest German refugee camp after WWII. In March 1946, the first workcamp of SCI Germany took place there in cooperation with the British SCI branch IVSP. Out of this engagement, local volunteers founded SCI Germany. 70 years later, many refugees, mainly from the Arab world, pass through the camp. The local Museum Friedland now reflects on the different refugee movements and reactions in different times. We will work in a community garden with locals and refugees and study the history of past and present forced migration in Europe. We want to find out why borders between countries are protected so well, and those between people so badly, and set a sign for refugee solidarity!
Type of Work:
The community garden at the outskirts of Friedland will be prepared for future use by constructing fences and beds for the plants and harvesting fruits. The garden is a platform for interaction of refugees, locals and volunteers. Therefore, the group will invite refugees and other interested, and connect it to other international garden projects in Göttingen. At the end, we will celebrate an open day for refugees and the village and present the outcomes of our work together with the museum, Caritas and other local institutions.
Study Theme:
The main theme of the study part is borders. Borders unite and divide groups and individuals politically, socially or psychologically. Our goal is to outline the borders that are set between refugees and the receiving citizens. In the second week, intensive workshops with the migrant theatre Boat People Projekt will explore the borders of self-expression. Refugee families with children, local youths and volunteers will present their insights in the summer celebration. Other study parts analyze political borders, mainly between the EU and the Middle East.
The study parts will mainly consist of expert visits regarding the aspects of our theme of borders. A psychologist will give an introduction into the function of psychological borders such as personal space and privacy in order to sensitize us for the work with refugees. Historians and social scientists will analyze political and social borders between groups of humans from their perspectives. Also, the group will receive an account of the history of the Friedland reception center and its connection to the SCI by the “Museum Friedland”. We will process the input actively through our group works. The creative parts will be conducted by the Boat People Projekt with workshops and good practice examples of intercultural theatre. The exercises will demand great social awareness and engagement. The practical work will require our physical commitment, and also creativity and flexibility to improve the garden and promote the interaction with locals and refugees.
Recruitment of participants
All participants selected for this project must meet the following criteria:
• Be 18 years old or older (16 years for volunteers with residence in Germany);
• Be able to work in English language;
• Be interested in the training topics and have strong motivation to act as multiplier;
• Have the support (and if possible preparation for the project) of the sending organisation;
• Commit to implement the learned knowledge and skills in practice back home;
• Commit to report the content of the project to other activists of sending organisation;
• Commit to actively participate from beginning to the end.
Travel costs will be covered for each particpant up to €120. The accommodation will be the club house of the local sports club, including beds under basic conditions. A sufficient budget for food and further costs will be provided based on self-catering. No additional costs arise for participants. Participation is free of charge.
Working language: English.

SCADENZA: 20th of May 2017.

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