The Journey

Hey, my name is Simran and I’m one of the new IFALL volunteers.

My move from London to Örkelljunga began at 7:00 am, on a mildly chaotic Friday morning. I woke up feeling excited, terrified and detached all at the same time. However, underlying the roller coaster of emotions was a sense of calm because I knew that everything would be fine. I had a good feeling about IFALL and that was enough to hold my nerves. Although, this stillness was soon to be tested.

By 11:30, goodbyes had been exchanged with my family and I was on my way.

My journey here consisted of two flights and one bus ride. Everything was going smoothly until my first flight was delayed :/. Due to this I had just 15 minutes to get off the plane, pass through passport checks, run to a different terminal (with my rucksack and small suitcase), go through airport security and finally run to my gate. I made it with one minute to spare. THAT was complete and utter turmoil. Anyway, after making the shameful walk down the aisle and avoiding a mini meltdown I once again resumed my previous calm state.

By 20:30 pm I reached Örkelljunga Bus Station where I was greeted with a friendly welcome hug by Enes. This and the fact that a group of IFALL volunteers were waiting for me with tea and a delicious mud cake (that they had baked), told me I had made the right decision to come here. I could not have asked for a better welcome and I truly appreciate the warmth with which I was received.

Now I can’t wait to get stuck in and do some work!

Mentorskap För Män I ENA Projekt.

 

IFALL rekryterar manliga mentorer som är intresserade av att ge sitt stöd åt nyanlända män som är på väg in på den svenska arbetsmarknaden. Vi söker dig med erfarenhet från den svenska arbetsmarknaden för att bli mentorer i projektet ENA – Etablering av Nyanlända på Arbetsmarknaden. Projektet och mentorskapet kommer pågå under ett år med start i september.

Din roll som mentor kommer innebära att du är en hjälpande hand och är tillgänglig för en fika eller en pratstund med din adept. Du ska även kunna svara på enklare frågor om den svenska arbetsmarknaden – vad förväntas från arbetsgivare? Vilka oskrivna regler finns på en arbetsmarknad? Vad är viktigt att tänka på? Du och din adept får själva bestämma hur ofta ni träffas.

Ett första möte för samtliga mentorer kommer hållas den 26 oktober kl 16.00. Då kommer Socialförvaltningens arbetsmarknadsenhet informera om ENA och vad de personer som ingår i projektet kommer göra under året. Inbjudan till mentorsmötet skickas ut i oktober när adepterna har blivit utvalda av arbetsmarknadsenheten.

Anmälan

Välkommen med din ansökan senast den 13 oktober!

Anmäla genom klika HÄR

För mer information kontaka:

Maria Doschori Nordström, info@ifall.se 0738404344

Boel Skoglunds Integrationspris

För oss betyder integration sammanförande till en helhet. Integration är en dubbelriktad process som förutsätter växelverkan och samarbete med den övriga befolkningen. Under processen sker ändringar och inlärning i båda riktningarna. Integration är arbetet som för samman olika grupper.  Integration kan behövas till exempel mellan äldre och ygnre/majoritet och minoritet/svenkar och icke svenskar/man och kvinna.

Om ni tycker att det finns en person/grupp/förening/företag som gör stora insatser för att underlätta ingtegrationsprocessen i Örkelljunga vill vi att ni nominerar till oss genom att skicka ett mail till info@ifall.se med motivering. Ni kan nominera fram till och med den 13 oktober 2017.

Boel Skoglunds Integrationspris kommer att delas ut under Kulturdagen den 21 oktober 2017.

Integration för Alla – Alla för integration!

 

Encouraging Diversity – Prishtina, Kosovo

Encouraging Diversity – Prishtina, Kosovo

The Youth Exchange “Encouraging Diversity” gathered 34 young people together with the objective to directly face the problem of marginalization and poverty in Europe by building their media literacy.

Getting the right information, thinking critically and using language appropriately in different contexts are essential skills for full integration of the European youth in the 21st century. This is also a reason of why carryed out this project, especially as marginalization of groups over society is many a times a consequent process to higher unemployment rates and immigration issues.

Through non-formal learning methods, the participants learned about the media across our countries and compared how marginalized groups are presented. Instead of merely consuming media, they had the opportunity to express their own views on society.

The youth exchange Encouraging Diversity took place in Prishtina, Kosovo and strove to center the media in the hands of youth. It brought 30 young people from 5 program and partner countries (Sweden, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Turkey) enabling them to focus on how the media portrays the marginalized groups across our countries. The youth met and work all together from 13th to 21th of July, 2017 in Kosovo where through non-formal learning methods, 27 participants along with their 7 group leaders examined, analyzed and contemplated what does it mean to be representative of a marginalized group. The youth exchange offered them the space to boost their media literacy, by recognizing how media builds “the picture of the other”.

The objective of the youth exchange was to raise the voice of marginalized groups across our societies, highlighting the true obstacles they face as result of the stigma put to them by “legitimate society”, or the society living within the margins.

Together with the Center for Economic and Social Development team as the hosting organization, participants and group leaders explored the realm of Prishtina armed with backpacks filled with simple journalistic equipment to aid them share stories of struggle and success of marginalized groups. All photos, videos, interviews, audio contents or other materials to be produced with local residents in Kosovo over this week-long event were re-produced and shared in form of articles at our websites and blogs. The participants and group leaders were stimulated to start reporting on marginalized groups from their countries before the exchange so they build a portfolio of work and start gathering knowledge that they used for comparison once they were in Kosovo and mingling with their peers from the other countries.

The method of “backpack journalism” is aimed at both young people with some journalistic experience and those without. Participants succeed as long as they are eager to face the challenge of being dropped into a new environment, working creatively with a team and using simple audio/photo/video devices to interview locals.

The youth exchange aimed to promote equal citizenship for everyone across our communities, to bring awareness among the young people that there is a big difference among those living within the margins and those living on the margins of society and that this obstacle can be overcome with mutual efforts. As the participants were working in groups, each of the groups produced in the end creative article contents highlighting the struggles and successes of those living on the margin, launching in our cultural spheres true food-for-thought that strived to unravel the stereotypes.

Filmprojektet gör nu en sammanfattning av vad vi gjort det första halvåret i projektet  REFLEKTERA! FILMA! SPRIDA!

De första månaderna gick åt till att förbereda sig och delta i sociala aktiviteter för att bygga förtroende mellan ensamkommande barn, projektledare och samhälle. Varje vecka har IFALL haft återkommande aktiviteter med många deltagare. Exempel på aktiviteter är; språkstöd, idrott för olika målgrupper (kvinnor, mammor och barn, barn och ungdomar, alla), English speaking café, volleyboll, fotboll, cirkus och voltige, våffelkväll, teaterworkshops. Vi har även besökt UC flera gånger och lärt känna elever där. Även på Hjelmsjövik har vi haft sammankomster.

 

Under hela februari hade vi en utställning på biblioteket om filmprojektet och svenska immigranter i Amerika för 100 år sen. Filmgruppen filmade skolkompisar som sa Hej och välkommen till Sverige! på sina egna språk.

Projektgruppen och volontärer har även provat på Green screen, medverkat på Kulturdagen, haft internationella kvällar och fotbollscup med inbjudna lag från andra kommuner. Vi har arrangerat filmkvällar, bjudit in arabisk teater, deltagit i Örkelljunga-dagarna, gått i parad på nationaldagen och ordnat olika aktiviteter under jul-, sport- och påsklov.

Filmprojektet har byggt musikstudio på Hjelmsjövik, men även köpt in filmteknik. Vi har arrangerat utbildning i KASAM och filmkunskap. Varje måndag har vi filmmöte.

 

Projektet REFLEKTERA! FILMA! SPRIDA! har startat egen youtube-kanal, delat ut adventskalendrar, gjord webbsida, broschyrer, logga och roll-ups. Vid uppstarten var projektgruppen med i tidningen Helsingborgs Dagblad.

I tidningen Aftonbladet, en av Sveriges största kvällstidning, skrev sportjournalisten Erik Niva om Åshöjdens BK och det faktum att Åsljunga (i Örkelljunga kommun) är förebild för Max Lundgrens böcker. Örkelljunga firar att boken skrevs för 50 år sedan. Bokens jag är Jorma, ett krigsbarn från Finland som hittar gemenskap och vägen till sig själv och sina egna värderingar via fotbollen. Niva intervjuade IFALL:s Ali Angora som är fotbollsföreningens egen Jorma. Detta gav Ali, Niva, Örkelljunga och oss stor publicitet.

 

Ifall är med i Örkelljungas Samverkansråd för integration och har även deltagit i DUA-konferens. (DUA = Delegationen för Unga till Arbete är regeringens satsning för att sänka ungdomsarbetslösheten genom utveckling av lokal samverkan mellan kommuner och Arbetsförmedlingen)

En av grundarna till föreningen, diakon Boel Skoglund, avled under året  och vi var många som deltog i begravningen. Med detta fick vi också möjlighet att prata om hur en begravning i Sverige går till.

I föreningen IFALL finns många EVS-volontärer som också finns tillgängliga och stöttar i filmprojektet. Just nu har vi EVS-deltagare från Litauen, Italien, Turkiet, England, Wales, Portugal och Mallorca.

Vi började filma med 5 ensamkommande ungdomar i mars. Filmgrupperna träffades två gånger i veckan. Den 25 mars hade vi film-gala och visade alla filmer inför en publik på cirka 45 personer. Det blev succé och filmerna inspirerade andra till att också vilja börja filma.

 

Nu är det dags för sommaraktiviteter och vi hoppas att vi får träffa er alla där!

Och kom ihåg att säga till oss om ni vill göra film med oss!

European Citizenship and Participation to Fight Euroscepticism, Mazza del Vallo (Italy) 26th – 28TH June 2017.

The idea of going on my own to an event to Italy for two nights sounded very interesting and exciting. Two days of travelling from Sweden to Sicily in the south of Italy and then a day full of discussing and listening to presentation about the topic. We were staying in the beautiful town of Mazza del Vallo, a town full of characteristics and arts.The topic for this event was ‘EuropeanCitizenship and Participation to Fight Euroscepticism, there are 10 participating organizations from various countries and around Italy. Mittetulundushing Peipsi Koostoo Keskus from Estonia, Szczecinska Skola Wyzsza Collegium Balticum from Poland, United Societies of Balkans from Greece, and Gemeinde Wiensheim from Germany. The Italian organisations were Focus Europe, Comune di Mazara del Vallo, Associazione Rete Near Rete Nazionale Contro ogni Forma di Discriminazione and Unione Montana dei Comuni delle Valli Chisione e Germanasca.

 

Group Photo Project

 

Europsceptism is a subject that is increasing among European citizens following the economic crisis and refugee crisis.  Recently we have seen a rise in Anti-European political parties, and are gaining popularity in recent years. A country who has seen the effect of a successful Eurosceptic political party is UKIP during the leave campaign in the British referendum on EU membership in June 2016, which resulted in Brexit.

As a young person living in the UK the conference was very interesting to understand and be aware of why other countries are developing anti-European ideas. The fact that many countries would like to follow the steps of Brexit is very worrying. Each country had the chance to share information about why Euroscepticism is becoming popular in their countries, many political parties want to leave the EU is because of the economic crisis and the situation of the Euro.

When looking at why Swedish Democrats are becoming increasingly popular in Sweden because they are hoping for Swexit very soon. A worrying idea for Sweden, knowing that the political party has a history of fascism and racist views. They want to reduce immigration by 90% and to stop multi culturalism and they want to make sure Sweden keeps their traditions.

We had the chance of discussing how we could stop and reduce Euroscepticism in these countries. As a young person who went through Brexit, I strongly believe that there is a need for more information. There is a lack of information on what the European Union does today, there is enough information about why the European Union started. In education in the UK I never received any lessons in school about the benefit I could have by being in the EU. I never knew until this year that it was so easy to be able to study and work within all the different countries within the EU and receive financial support from Erasmus. It is very worrying to think that in two years I will have left university and I would love the chance to be able to travel and work around Europe gaining various experiences, but it is very worrying to think that the UK will have left the EU by then, and I am scared how difficult it will be for me to be able to work around the EU.

I strongly believe that if different countries will be seeing a EU referendum a way of decreasing Euroscepticism is giving the young people the information about the European Union, through education is schools and non-formal activities through quizzes and games. It is very important that young people understand the importance of the EU and that they vote. If young people in the UK understood more about the EU referendum and knew the importance of voting I believe that the UK might still be a member of the European Union.

IFALL IN TROPEA, ITALY!

Hello everyone!!

In this post I will talk about the project to which I had the pleasure to attend in a small but charming town of “Bella Italia”, Tropea. It is a small village on the coast of the province of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, in the south of the country

                                                                                                 

 

Our trip started very early in the morning of Sunday April 30th, although we arrived on June 1st in the afternoon… we had several complications with the plane. But after 36 hours of travel and  5 different countries… We finally arrived!!

The project was “In Dialogue with the Others – the Best Cross Cultural Practices of Refugee Integration” and the participating organizations came from different countries, ALPE from Spain, Sırrı Yırcalı Anadolu Lisesi (SYAL) from Turkey, ABROAD CONSULTING from Germany, ITAKA TRAINING from Italy and KAIROS EUROPE from UK and we, IFALL from Sweden. Why these countries? These countries are the most welcoming refugees, which refugees see as their final destination.

 

The purpose of this project is to share all the good practices and methodologies of these countries and bring them together in order to improve the quality of life of refugees in the hosting countries. Trying to look for solutions for different types of problems that can be found both in their long escape trip, in their arrival and in their stay, to develop and provide improvements of all kinds both on integration in the community.

The project lasted a week, in which we shared and discussed different methodologies of action that the participating countries applied in the arrival and stay of the refugees. We also had the chance to share different projects and activities that the organizations offer to the beneficiaries, activities related to integration, empowerment, xenophobia, racism, threats and problems that can bring social networks and / or social media, but also We talked about several online resources whose function is to warn of possible dangers on their route to European countries information on more routes.

 

We really enjoyed sharing our experience of work that we are doing in the small town of Örkelljunga with the rest of our participants and our own experiences, just as we enjoyed listening to the work of others in Turkey, Germany, UK, Italy and Spain.

Besides meeting wonderful people we were able to enjoy the fantastic town, its culture, its gastronomy and its people!!

            

 

 

 

It has been a pleasure to enjoy this project! Thank you so much!

 

Ana Rincón.

 

 

Tell Me the World – Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange in Italy 2017 På flygplatsen mötes jag av fem personer som jag inte hade tidigare sett under hela mitt liv, nervöst men glatt skakade vi hand och tillsammans begav vi oss till kassan för att checka-in på flygplatsen. Allt gick i sin ordning och flyget lyfte med fart. Tiotusen meter upp i luften märkte jag att de fem personer jag för inte längesedan skakat hand med kändes som för mig som gamla goa vänner. Vi anlände till Lamezia i södra Italien, vilket är en mycket vacker plats med höga dalar som avslutas vid ett kristallklart medelhav. En vacker plats för oss men även för många migranter samt flyktingar där detta blir det första de anländer till på sin flykt från Afrika och Mellanöstern mot Europa. Första dagen lärde vi känna alla de andra ungdomarna som deltog i utbytet vilka var från Rumänien, Litauen samt Italien.

Tillsammans var vi ungefär 40 personer som under tio dagar hade som uppgift att försöka berätta, historier från migranter och flyktingar som tagit sig till Italien. En uppgift som var svår i början men i processen när vi lärde känna de som anlänt till Italien blev det en klar bild på situationen. anledningar till flykt samt framtidsplaner hos dessa individer. Det var mycket intressant att exempelvis få höra hur Arabiskavåren var för någon som var på plats istället genom nyheterna på TV. Vi arbetade i fem olika grupper på drygt sju medlemmar per grupp med vårt projekt. Att kommunicera i gruppen var inga problem med hjälp av regeln “bora-bora” vilket innebar att vi endast kunde prata engelska, så att alla skulle kunna förstå vad samtalen handlade om. Men detta var inte vad vi gjorde hela dagarna. Vi var i ett mycket vackert landskap som behövde utforskas med utflykter till havet eller pittoreska byar uppe på vyerna. Sedan På kvällarna hade vi alltid festligheter, vi hade rumänsk/italiensk/litauisk samt en svensk kväll. Där under den svenska kvällen kunde vi visa vårt land och kultur.

Sista natten visade vi upp vårt projekt med publik som blev häpna av det fina resultatet, ja så här kan ett projekt med Ifall se ut.

Leeds Beckett Placement – Elain

Hello, I am Elain from Wales.

I am in my first year of studying Youth Work and Community Development in Leeds, England. I have joined the IFALL team for 10 weeks as a part of my university course.  I arrived on Saturday and I have been made to feel very welcomed. I am excited and ever so happy to be here, and can’t wait to see what is to come…

I am from a small village in North Wales, which is smaller than Örkelljunga, so settling down here I hope won’t be a big difference to being at home. All the greenery and lakes makes me feel like I am at home. I live on a farm and love being outside, and I am excited to start exploring Örkelljunga. I am the youngest of three girls, both of my sisters love to travel and I want to follow in their footsteps to discover different cultures, and what an excellent place to start than in Sweden.

This organisation is a totally new chapter for me, it is not like anything I have ever done before. I am excited to learn new things and develop as a youth worker. Working with others from various different countries and cultures will open my eyes to a whole different world. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am really excited to start working and being a part of the activities.

Elain.