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Volunteering Workshops for Migrants


Thu 28 Mar 2013, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Rotorua Community House, 1115 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Alexis LewGor

The NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils with the NZ Association of CABs researched migrant volunteering and found that many migrants come from countries where volunteering is not known. Then PM Helen Clarke said in her foreword: “NZ is privileged to have such a diverse … ethnic population which positively adds to the fabric of NZ society. It is not always easy for refugees and migrants to settle into their new country. … The language and customs … are often so very different to their own and difficult to understand. Volunteering is an integral part of NZ society and it is essential that all … residents who wish to be are involved in this activity.”

NZFMC is very supportive of our proposed workshops. Resources and experience will be shared with Multicultural Councils across NZ.

Workshop coordinators are experienced volunteers and well aware of the difficulties to get migrants to participate.

We are organising a series of ten three-hour workshops and site visits to inform migrants about the benefits to them and their new community of volunteering and to show them volunteering in action. The workshops will also develop the migrants’ communication skills and assertiveness in talking to locals in charge of volunteer programmes. We will inform the locals about the desire of migrants to become involved in their new community, and give them some tips on communicating with migrants with limited English: speak clearly, slowly and do not use idiomatic expressions. Volunteering opportunities for migrants with limited English will be identified.

This is a stepping stone for anyone who is interested in learning new skills or integrating into the community and to learn how to multitask well. Do you know what skills it takes to prepare and to organise an event, small or large, do you know how to work in a team effectively and towards one goal?

Do you like working with others and to put a smile on others' faces because you have made their day?

Would you like to learn how other groups survive on pure voluntary input and how you can pick up ideas to best suit your situation?

You could find all the answers, in this workshop.

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