Volunteering with Refugees
Learn how to identify and respond to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers
When volunteering with refugees, it’s important to understand their backgrounds, current situations and needs in order to provide the best support.
On this 3-week course, you’ll look at strategies and techniques for identifying the diverse needs of refugees and asylum seekers. You’ll develop your knowledge of the emotional and linguistic needs of those settling into life in a new country, and the role you can play in supporting them.
This course has been developed by experts from Cambridge University Press & Assessment and The Human Hive.
Explore teaching strategies to aid communication
For many refugees coming to a new country, communication can be a huge barrier. On the course, you’ll develop strategies for communicating with refugees and for building positive learning relationships.
You’ll learn about the importance of understanding refugees’ home languages and cultures and explore different contexts where you might be working with refugees.
Become an effective volunteer
You’ll explore behaviours associated with trauma and look at how to manage your own needs and responses in order to create safe spaces for learning.
You’ll also work with The Human Hive Framework and learn how to design and structure appropriate learning activities.
Unpack language teaching methods
During the final week, you’ll explore key teaching strategies for language learning. With this knowledge, you’ll develop resources to support your learners in becoming confident in using English.
By the end of the course, you’ll have raised awareness and developed some new skills to effectively support refugees from different backgrounds and cultures.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss key linguistic and social needs of refugees in a range of contexts
- Identify activities for interacting with refugees
- Identify and describe behaviours associated with trauma
- Design psychosocially protective activities to help refugees feel comfortable with learning
- Evaluate a range of teaching strategies and approaches for supporting language development
- Explore a range of resources for language teaching and refugee support
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for those either currently volunteering or planning to volunteer with refugees and asylum seekers.
The focus of the course is on providing appropriate linguistic support, such as teaching English to refugees, taking into account their needs and future plans. Previous teaching experience will be helpful but is not essential.
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