Nature as a free source of empowerment – A northern perspective

  96 % of Finns see the nature as an important part of their personality.  For them, hiking in forests, berry picking or swimming in a lake is a natural part of their life’s. When moving from a desert to a northern village, all this may seem strange and even frightening. But why could it … Continue reading Nature as a free source of empowerment – A northern perspective

Volunteering – How to get people involved?

New-comers need contacts to local people to be able to integrate – no one integrates themselves to employment office or social security system. Here volunteers play a huge role. Volunteers are the representatives of the community and the way of life. In Varberg conference, Josefin Heed from Hela Sverige ska Leva -organization gave us something … Continue reading Volunteering – How to get people involved?

Arts in integration

Integration will not happen in class rooms and lectures, although those are needed in the process. We need to DO things and MEET other people to become integrated. But how to express oneself with low language skills? Art can be one solution. In Scheunenatellier Braunshausen, Germany, cold smith classes for refugees are organized. After learning … Continue reading Arts in integration

St.Johann in Tirol, 29th-30th March 2017

  The very first network seminar took place in Tirol, Austria in March 2017. Almost 70 integration experts got together in beautiful Sankt Johann in Tirol. Two days of networking, discussions and field trips were definitely worth travelling! National procedures in the refugee process and integration were introduced during the first day. We also had … Continue reading St.Johann in Tirol, 29th-30th March 2017

Integrative womanhood – friendship over the cultural borders

”A friend for an immigrant mum” work started on the International Women’s Day in 2016 in Satakunta. The purpose of the work is to find Finnish speaking women to be friends with immigrant women. The aim of the work is to promote acculturation, Finnish language skills and extend social networks of the immigrant women. In … Continue reading Integrative womanhood – friendship over the cultural borders

Networks and networking as a method of learning

We have all heard that networking is an essential part of our professional life. Networking also plays a significant role in implementation of this project. So, it is essential to look a bit closer what networking is and how it works. A network binds together the knowledge, skills and values of participating organisations. As a … Continue reading Networks and networking as a method of learning