Thursday, March 24, 2016

Teaching English Abroad


Does anyone have refugee teaching experience or have information on opportunities to teach refugees in Germany? I am an English Second Language (ESL) teacher interested in teaching refugee children abroad, yet, it has been quite difficult finding information on how to get involved. Most of my searches online have resulted in companies trying to sell TEFL courses. I'd be grateful for any advice!

Ben Shiplett
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

25 youth. 14 countries. 1 incredible consultation!

The U.S. Refugee Consultations took place February 21-22 in Washington, DC. This event was part of the Global Refugee Youth Consultations which are occurring all over the globe. These face-to-face consultations will be complemented by a virtual global dialogue where refugee youth will have the opportunity to interact and share their thoughts and ideas on topics of their choice. Youth from each consultation will be selected to participate in the 2016 UNHCR NGO Consultations in Geneva, the overarching theme of which will be Youth and Adolescents. The selected youth will participate in panels and highlighted youth issues in different sessions. They will also lead a one-day workshop that will present the findings from their respective consultation to other stakeholders, including UN organizations, international and other NGOs, and government representatives.

The Vulnerable Minors Working Group of Refugee Council USA, at the request of the UNHCR and Women's Refugee Commission in Geneva, hosted the U.S. Consultation.

Prior to convening in Washington, DC for the event, the 25 refugee and asylum-seeking youth from 13 different countries organized and executed pre-consultation activities with local refugee and other migrating youth to elicit feedback on their experiences before, during, and after migration.  The overarching themes highlighted across the youth-led pre-consultation activities were:  1) educational barriers, 2) struggles with cultural adjustment, 3) language barriers, and 4) discrimination/bullying.  These collective findings served as a springboard for the discussions and activities of the two-and-a-half-day Consultation in Washington, DC.  In a highly youth-driven process, consultation participants identified the root causes, impacts, and possible solutions for each of these challenges.