e-VELP’s primary aim is to enable young migrants/refugees to create and offer free workshops that tap into their talents to share their knowledge and culture. The program will work to ease their integration into their new environment and open more opportunities for finding work. Building an active community of motivated young migrant/refugee volunteer educators (VEs) and youth volunteer educator trainers (VE-Trainers) is an essential part of the growth foreseen for the e-VELP project.
TeachSurfing’s Armenia Connect project aims to fill this knowledge gap by offering an automated matching solution where Armenians who want to repatriate to Armenia can fill in information about their skills and interests and then be automatically matched with job, educational, volunteering, and networking opportunities in Armenia.
In April 2021, a journal article was published in the Muallim Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities written by Dr Nicole Flindt (Heidelberg University of Education, Heidelberg, Germany) and Miganoush Magarian and Gretta Hohl (TeachSurfing gUG, Hamburg, Germany) outlining a groundbreaking approach to creating online learning content that was used and tested in the European Union-funded project, Youth Volunteer Education e-learning program (e-VELP).
Everybody has a great deal to gain from participating in e-VELP. As a VE, you will become an educator in your community and get in touch with local and EU organisations. As a VE-Trainer you will boost your peer-support ability and increase your network. As a Host Organisation, you will be part of a tangible process of development for young migrants and refugees, and you will also benefit from their high-quality workshops.