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Volunteer Facilitator in Calais and Dunkirk

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ORGANIZATION: Kaleidoscope

  • 8 people are interested

The Role:
You will help in the facilitation of youth tasks for vulnerable young people, including art, sport, music and technology sessions. We provide non-formal spaces for young people aged 12-18 to learn skills and relax in a variety of settings, from outdoors to day centres.

We are looking for people who are willing to plan and deliver workshops for young people, with the support of the rest of the team. Ideas for workshops can be discussed during your application.

Experience helping young people is required, whether in a work or volunteering capacity and DBS (or the equivalent). Its also important that you follow are safety protocols closely for the benefit of our team, young people and yourself.

Typically we work in the week and have the weekend off, there will be a mixture of running sessions and 1 admin / logistics day. We ask volunteers to join us for a minimum of 6 weeks, this is to help with consistency for young people.

We operate in english, but are especially keen to hear from you if you speak French, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Sorani Kurdish or Tigrinya as this would be a great benefit to our work. We are also keen to hear from you if you have lived experience of migration or of displacement, or if you have experience working in similar contexts.

Learning opportunities:

You will gain practical skills and experience of youth work in our context as well as logistical and administrative work if this is of interest to you. During your time with us you will gain a better understanding of the situation for displaced young people in Northern France, and benefit from joining a multilingual community of volunteers from all over the world, between different organisations.

We are a solidarity-based organisation working in a very challenging environment. We discourage volunteers who come with a saviour complexes. We do not believe in "voluntourism" or in "holidarity." You will benefit from joining a multilingual community of volunteers from all over the world, between different organisations.

You will be living with us in our shared house - it is likely that you will be sharing a room.

Days off:
During your time off you are free to socialise with other volunteers and visit the towns of Calais and Dunkirk, as well as some beautiful countryside and coastal walks. Rail connections to Lille are frequent, and though a lovely city in its own right, from there it is very easy to reach Paris, Brussels and further afield through TGV trains and coaches.

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About Kaleidoscope


Lieu Vie Associative, Terre plein du Jeu Mail, Rue du 11 Novembre 1918, Dunkerque, Hauts-de-France 59140, FR

Mission Statement

We will empower and champion young people living at the border, through psychosocial support for their personal, social, educational and emotional development.


We are a grassroots NGO providing psychosocial support to displaced young people aged 12 to 18 living in Dunkirk and Calais. Our main activities include detached youth work, youth clubs and monthly workshops. These activities take place in community centres, Collective aid's wash centre and informal living sites. We want to empower young people to discover and grow in their identity, self-expression and learning of practical, technical skills. We work in a strong and engaged community based on the values of solidarity and human rights.

Activities can range from a variety from sports, music, art, textile, wood work ect. We aim for a variety in order to provide agency and new opportunities to young people as well as meeting different interests. We also work with other organisations to make sure that young people have access to relevant and appropriate support.

We are also passionate about skills and interest that team members can bring to the team and to young people. Whether that's to run a workshop or to develop our social media presence ect.

Our work can be emotionally draining/challenging environment, especially for people who have never worked in this field before. It's beneficial to be aware of these challenges and have some understanding of the context of the situation in northern France. This being said our work can be great fun, seeing young people learn new things, being competitive with games and laughing together.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Lieu Vie Associative, Terre plein du Jeu Mail,Rue du 11 Novembre 1918,Dunkerque, 59140France



  • Youth Services
  • Theater Arts
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Arabic
  • Music Therapy




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum requirement of 6 weeks can be longer
  • Volunteers are required to make a contribution of €160 towards the costs related to housing for the first 6 weeks. After this initial contribution the organisation will cover these costs. If this is a barrier to volunteering please let us know.

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