Sports

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The Sports Team aims at keeping the refugee community in Maastricht active by offering several opportunities to get involved in fun activities. Using the unifying element of sport, we welcome the refugees, students, and locals in the Maastricht community and foster intercultural exchange and social integration. The approach of the Refugee Project Maastricht enables informal meeting points for refugees and students in an active environment to enjoy low-key sports activities such as football or Zumba, contributing to an inclusive rather than exclusive society. Besides the different sports training taking place on a weekly basis, the Sports Team offers a monthly Open Gym Day at UM Sports, where our community can meet and work out or play team sports together.

The Team also meets regularly in order to organise monthly activities such as a participation in a local run or going on a hike.

The main goal of the Sports Team is to convey a feeling of togetherness and break the isolation refugees often find themselves in. Furthermore, by offering refugees low-key possibilities to get to know different sports and improve their skills therein, we want to eventually enable them to join an independent sports club in and around Maastricht, encouraging their integration into local society.

Music

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The Music Team has aims to encourage and inspire intercultural exchange through the art of music. Be that listening to music together, playing together in a band, singing in a choir, or attending music events in the city the Music Team

is based on the idea of facilitating meaningful connections between people of different backgrounds and cultures through music and rhythm. During our events and classes, the Team aims to create a safe environment where people of different cultures can meet and interact in harmony. Through this cultural interplay, we pay special attention to language by exercising Dutch and English skills, and incorporating native languages into music practice.

The Music Team is mainly focus on young adults and children who are encouraged to perform and explore new skills in order to develop a strong sense of confidence, self-esteem, empowerment, and pride in their achievements. Be that as it may, people of all ages and backgrounds are always welcome to join in, sing, dance, or observe!

Project English

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Learning English is a very important aspect of integration into an international community as Maastricht. The English Language Team supports intercultural exchange between people of the refugee community, international students and Maastricht locals. The Team aims to create a social space and comfort-zone, where everybody is welcome to practice their language skills. All levels are welcome to learn and practice in a safe environment. All is organised by volunteering tutors, who want to lay a reliable basis for regular language tutoring sessions. The sessions take place several times a week on BASIC & INTERMEDIATE levels in a non-hierarchical, respectful and interculturally sensitive environment. The free tutorials cannot provide certification, though are rather meant to be an empowering knowledge pool that helps to keep the participants busy due to a feeling of hope and progress.

The sessions are based on communication practice, simulations, everyday life situation practice, vocabulary practice, trips to the city center, picnics and other social events. The outcome is that the volunteers and participants turn into friends that help each other on all social levels of integration and similarly gain new experiences and skills due to the new friendships.

Project Dutch

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Learning Dutch is surely the most important aspect of integration. The Dutch Language Team supports intercultural exchange between people of the refugee and the Maastricht Community – from both sides equally. It creates a social space and comfort-zone, where everybody is welcome to help and join. All is organised by volunteering tutors, who want to lay a reliable basis for regular language tutoring sessions. The sessions take place several times a week on BASIC & INTERMEDIATE levels in a non-hierarchical, respectful and interculturally sensitive environment. The free tutorials cannot provide certification, though are rather meant to be an empowering knowledge pool that helps to keep the participants busy due to a feeling of hope and progress.

The sessions are based on communication practice, simulations, everyday life situation practice, vocabulary practice, trips to the city center, picnics and other social events. The outcome is that the volunteers and participants turn into friends that help each other on all social levels of integration and similarly gain new experiences and skills due to the new friendships.

Communications

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The Communications Team supports the other committees by enabling the flow of information about our projects, our events, and our achievements with the locals, the students, and the refugee community.

The need for communication is one of the basic and foundational pieces of any project. The CommunicationsTeam is in charge of all the intra-project communications and marketing issues. Of course, since we are not the only social project in Maastricht or in the area, our team is responsible for creating bridges between projects and securing a welcoming environment for all new and existing people in our community. Therefore, our reach does not stop within the limits of the Refugee Project Maastricht but expands to other organisations as well. We take care of all mediums of communication, such as flyers, Social Media, and this website. The team is also the main contact point between the public and the organisation; so if you send us an email, or a message on Facebook we will do our best to answer all your questions!

Homework Help

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The Homework team works together with the Internationale schakel klas (ISK). The ISK is an international linking school that is committed to teaching students Dutch while continuing their education in a variety of other subjects.
The main goal of the homework team is to support the pupils’ integration into Dutch society by helping them reach their academic objectives. In practise, we help out refugee students with their homework assignments. The homework sessions are held in a classroom at the ISK and last for one hour. During the session a handful of volunteers are present and two/three pupils per volunteer. This makes it possible for the volunteers to work in small groups and give each pupil the necessary attention. The subjects of Dutch, English, and Math are requested the most. The pupils are following classes at the ISK and have their own books and materials, and assignments that they could use some help with by the volunteers.

Social Events

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The Social Events Team is the cultural hub of RPM where attention is given to the multicultural experience, all in effort to recognise the humanity in all of us. In less pretentious terms, we get together and have fun – and like so, stealthily work on our own understanding and knowledge. We host dinners, music nights, coffee afternoons, you name it. Connecting people. That is one the fundamental aims upon which Refugee Project Maastricht is built and functions in its day-to-day activities. How does that work in a practical sense? Easy. You host 100 people in the common room of the InnBetween and have them cook, sing, dance, and laugh together. The Social Events Team has both an independent and supportive role in the organisation. We have events of our own – like community dinners or picnics, and support the entire organisation with their events!

Connect

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The Connect Team encourages people to build lasting, meaningful connections across cultures. Inclusion is a process of learning and adapting from both sides. To achieve that we match up refugees and locals or students in buddy groups based on common interests and aspirations. The aim is to learn from each other and most importantly become friends. There are two different types of volunteers inside the Connect Team. On the one hand, volunteer workers mainly focus on the organisation and handling of the different projects and buddy groups. This comes with a higher degree of responsibility and autonomy. On the other hand, the buddies that are the backbone of the team. Buddies work with a high degree of flexibility and are separated into groups according to shared interests. Buddies are encouraged to attend further RPM events together but also to meet up in their private time to enjoy activities of their own choice together. Occasional group activities such as cooking, BBQ, or just a meet up in the park are part of our programme for the buddies to get to know each other better. Lastly, we believe that empowering refugees is a crucial part in the process of inclusion. Therefore, we are setting up Arabic classes taught by refugees and support refugees to organise activities and events themselves.