REcapturing the history
Description: One of the biggest challenges for Europe today is the forced migration, and the numbers of refugees are rapidly growing. The European Union and its’ labor market were not prepared enough for the Social Inclusion of the vast number of refugees, which is threatening the stability of local communities and economies. Societies are being polarized and the growth of right-wing extremism is creating another threat for European democracies. The study camp will take place in Thessaloniki, that have a rich history of hosting refugees. This camp will focus on the actual situation with refugees, through clear connection with the past. It will help in promoting peace, its values and the well-being of peoples by stimulating debate, reflection, and development of a network.
Type of Work: During the camp, participants will collect stories of refugees and war victims, starting with the first wave of refugees (from 1922, the WWII, and nowadays). The participants in this study camp will help to collect data from locals related to the past and current migration in form of interviews and stories. This collected data at the end will be used as the material for final video and exhibition of the PATH project. The language of the study camp will be English, but when it is needed to contact with locals who do not speak English, greek volunteers will help.
Study Theme: The study camp is organized in the framework of the PATH project, a partnership of 13 SCI branches in Europe. The project aims to define and understand current processes of forced migration using lessons from the past. Thus, it uses historical remembrance as an inspiration for present and future peace activism. http://www.sci.ngo/path “PATH is a remembrance project that aims drawing parallels between the past and current conflicts focusing on the reasons and consequences of forced migration; raising awareness within local communities.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a hostel. They will sleep in common (female/male) rooms. There will be provided beds, mattresses, sheets, and blankets. The bathroom will be on the same floor and shared by all the volunteers. The food will be provided in the same hostel, and there is a possibility that the volunteers will help with the preparing of meals.
Requirements: Motivation letter is needed. Interest and past involvement in actions related to refugees topic and basic knowledge in movie editing and interwieving are not required but will be considered as a plus.
Approximate Location: Thessaloniki
Notes: The volunteer will be reimbursed for their travel costs for up to 120 euros, after receiving the all the original travel documents (max 2 months after the project finishes). Eligible countries: Only EU countries because the project is funded by the E.C. "Europe for Citizens" grant programme