A part of the community programme ERC organizes summer camps for children. The camps welcome children from both Estonian and refugee backgrounds. The aim is to give Estonian children the opportunity to get to know people from another cultural space, broaden their horizons and develop tolerance for others. For refugee children we want to give an opportunity to connect with new people, make new friends and develop self-confidence and courage in a new cultural space.
As part of the community program, we regularly organize group activities and larger one-off family events. Participating in events and group activities helps support mental health, social and cultural adaptation, creates a sense of belonging, prevents isolation and contributes to further integration.
Language buddies help refugees learn Estonian. You don't have to be a philologist or a teacher to help people from another country learn a language! Language partners support formal language learning through regular language practice in regular language situations. You don't need textbooks or a curriculum, just the will to communicate with one refugee in Estonian once a week. For our part, we provide a little preparation and simple guidelines for being a language partner.