Become a Refugee Mentor
WhenIt's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
WhereMultiple locations West and South SideIndianapolis, IN 46202
Become a Refugee Mentor and help a newly resettle refugee or refugee family feel welcome. As a volunteer you will help your refugee become familiar with the community, assist with cultural orientation, and being a friend.
Culture shock is unavoidable for anyone who finds him/herself living in a different society. It is especially intense among refugee populations. Having a friend from the new community does wonders in making a refugee feel welcome.
It is important to remember many refugees have lost not only family members and their homeland but also their sense of competency and self-respect. Volunteers can help refugees regain their confidence most quickly if they remain sensitive to the refugee's feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Volunteers can help by tactfully providing information about U.S. culture without judgmental comparison between the refugee's native culture and the U.S. culture. Refugees will most likely be experiencing grief and culture shock when they arrive; some depression is unavoidable. As friends, volunteers can help by just being there, letting refugees know they are glad they are here and accepting them as they are.
Time Commitment: At least one hour per week (minimum) for a suggested three months.
Remember to have fun! Some ideas include taking your new friend to an Indian's game, the Children's Museum (discounts given for clients who receive TANF), local library and parks, and share a meal or two!
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training