‘Time to be welcome’ encourages young volunteers and youth organisations in Europe to support the welcoming of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and their integration process in both society and their new country through the use of non-formal education and youth work.
The project aims to increase the impact of the youth NGOs and volunteers’ engagement in welcoming migrants while encouraging public opinion in Europe to be more respectful and more open towards migrants. Volunteers are empowered to take action in contributing to welcome refugees and newly arrived migrants into refugee camps and other hosting structures and local communities.
In general, the project actively promotes mutual understanding and respect among young people with different ethnic backgrounds with the aim of facilitating intercultural dialogue and learning as well as supporting the inclusion of the newcomers in local European communities. Volunteers are preparing young refugees, who settle in Athens and Paris, for a smooth integration into our European society, as well as helping to prepare local communities to welcome those refugees and new migrants with positivity rather than xenophobia
The project started in December 2016 and will last 24 months until November 2018. It will involve volunteers from several different countries, volunteering for various durations of time (2 months, 6 months or 12 months).
The project is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + Programme KA3 – Support for policy reform and Social Inclusion.