THE STORIES OF OUR FELLOWS

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Mamadi

We are very happy to communicate that Mamadi did a three months internship in Germany, which was organized in cooperation by Associazione Interculturale Universo and migration_miteinander. The internship took place in the canteen kitchen of the Institut für Waldorfpädagogik in Witten (North Rhine-Westphalia).

How the story began…

Mamadi came to Universo by chance but it was quickly clear that it was a fluke, both for mamadi and for our association. We already had a participant who was planning to do the internship but due to missing documents and the slow bureaucracy, he was unfortunately not able to leave Italy. Therefore we had to quickly find a substitute. A very committed volunteer and former ESOP participant knew Mamadi and put him in contact with us. He came by and and we knew instantly that he would fit perfectly for the internship. Mamadi wanted to go to Germany and was highly motivated. Furthermore, he already had experience in gastronomy, since he was working in a Restaurant in Gambia for a couple of years and wanted to continue working as a chef in Germany. So his big goal was and is to do an apprenticeship in Germany.

In Italy he was living in an extremely difficult situation characterized by homelessness and and an irregular income. Tragically a situation in which a lot of refugees are forced to live in.

Therefore, the internship in Germany offered a great opportunity to him to end this situation and to take the chance to build a new future in Germany. Also we from the organization were happy to have him found, also because he already had some basic german skills.

So it was clear that his journey would start soon. We organized the insurance, bus tickets and someone to pick him up/welcoming him in Witten. Mamadi left 2 weeks later in the middle of April.

After his arrival in Witten he quickly adapted himself to the changes and the new environment. Due to his open and friendly personality but also due to the welcoming, helpful and committed colleagues everything went very well. A huge ‘thank-you’ to all his colleagues in the kitchen and the staff at the institute!

Mamadi´s daily life in Germany

Usually Mamadi was working from monday to friday from 10am to 4pm. After his shift he went to the German course or spent his free time with friends. He was living in a student residency next to his workplace, together with many other young people. Hence he made a lot of friends which helped him to feel comfortable in Witten.

Right from the beginning, Mamadi was very motivated and committed to his work and his supervisor and colleagues were more than happy with him.

His tasks included washing and cutting vegetables, preparing appetizers, main courses and desserts but also cleaning and washing dishes. He got an overview about all the different tasks and workstations in a kitchen and work in each of them for a while.

He was able to utilise his skills and knowledge from his prior work experiences. As an example: he organized and cooked gambian dishes on multiple occasions.

Time went by quickly and the internship was already coming to an end. Since Mamadi would like to stay and do an apprenticeship, we decided to support his ambitions and wishes for a future in Germany.

We translated his CV and motivation letter and sent the documents out to different restaurant, hotels and canteens. Mamadi loves the Witten/Bochum area so we decided to mainly focus on apprenticeship offers from that region.

At the moment he is waiting for responses. Luckily, we were able to already organize the first job interview and we hope that many will follow. All of the involved persons know that it is going to get very difficult with the language: Even if Mamadi finds a apprenticeship, the lack of German will make it extremely hard in the beginning, especially to follow the lessons at school. Anyway we are optimistic and we highly believe in him. We hope that he will realize his dream of becoming a chef in Germany. We wish him all the best for his future and of course we will continue to support him.

Mamadi

We are very happy to communicate that Mamadi did a three months internship in Germany, which was organized in cooperation by Associazione Interculturale Universo and migration_miteinander. The internship took place in the canteen kitchen of the Institut für Waldorfpädagogik in Witten (North Rhine-Westphalia).

How the story began…

Mamadi came to Universo by chance but it was quickly clear that it was a fluke, both for mamadi and for our association. We already had a participant who was planning to do the internship but due to missing documents and the slow bureaucracy, he was unfortunately not able to leave Italy. Therefore we had to quickly find a substitute. A very committed volunteer and former ESOP participant knew Mamadi and put him in contact with us. He came by and and we knew instantly that he would fit perfectly for the internship. Mamadi wanted to go to Germany and was highly motivated. Furthermore, he already had experience in gastronomy, since he was working in a Restaurant in Gambia for a couple of years and wanted to continue working as a chef in Germany. So his big goal was and is to do an apprenticeship in Germany.

In Italy he was living in an extremely difficult situation characterized by homelessness and and an irregular income. Tragically a situation in which a lot of refugees are forced to live in.

Therefore, the internship in Germany offered a great opportunity to him to end this situation and to take the chance to build a new future in Germany. Also we from the organization were happy to have him found, also because he already had some basic german skills.

So it was clear that his journey would start soon. We organized the insurance, bus tickets and someone to pick him up/welcoming him in Witten. Mamadi left 2 weeks later in the middle of April.

After his arrival in Witten he quickly adapted himself to the changes and the new environment. Due to his open and friendly personality but also due to the welcoming, helpful and committed colleagues everything went very well. A huge ‘thank-you’ to all his colleagues in the kitchen and the staff at the institute!

Mamadi´s daily life in Germany

Usually Mamadi was working from monday to friday from 10am to 4pm. After his shift he went to the German course or spent his free time with friends. He was living in a student residency next to his workplace, together with many other young people. Hence he made a lot of friends which helped him to feel comfortable in Witten.

Right from the beginning, Mamadi was very motivated and committed to his work and his supervisor and colleagues were more than happy with him.

His tasks included washing and cutting vegetables, preparing appetizers, main courses and desserts but also cleaning and washing dishes. He got an overview about all the different tasks and workstations in a kitchen and work in each of them for a while.

He was able to utilise his skills and knowledge from his prior work experiences. As an example: he organized and cooked gambian dishes on multiple occasions.

Time went by quickly and the internship was already coming to an end. Since Mamadi would like to stay and do an apprenticeship, we decided to support his ambitions and wishes for a future in Germany.

We translated his CV and motivation letter and sent the documents out to different restaurant, hotels and canteens. Mamadi loves the Witten/Bochum area so we decided to mainly focus on apprenticeship offers from that region.

At the moment he is waiting for responses. Luckily, we were able to already organize the first job interview and we hope that many will follow. All of the involved persons know that it is going to get very difficult with the language: Even if Mamadi finds a apprenticeship, the lack of German will make it extremely hard in the beginning, especially to follow the lessons at school. Anyway we are optimistic and we highly believe in him. We hope that he will realize his dream of becoming a chef in Germany. We wish him all the best for his future and of course we will continue to support him.

Yacouba​

Yacouba came to Italy in 2015 across the Mediterranean. Before that he stayed in Libya for some years but could not stay there because of the increasingly unstable situation. Ever since he does have a residence permit in Italy but was unable to find permanent work and establish a secure existence even though he was actively looking for work and therefore had to change his place of residence a few times. Before his arrival Yacouba did not know Italy very well while Germany was already interesting for him back in Mali.

Through our partner institution Associazione Interculturale UNIVERSO in Bologna Yacouba was given the possibility to participate in the empowerment project ESOP which prepares refugees to build up an autonomous life in the European context. Together with other refugees Yacouba was provided with daily German lessons for five months and actively prepared himself for his stay in Germany.

On these basis migration_miteinander was able to organize a three months internship in Witten, Germany in the kitchen of the Institut für Waldorf-Pädagogik. As Yacouba would like to take up an apprenticeship as a baker he additionally helped out in a local bakery at weekends.
Because of his reliability and good comprehension skills Yacouba represented a great enrichment for the kitchen staff of the Institut für Waldorf-Pädagogik. Indeed, the institution was so pleased with his work that Yacouba was offered a BFD (German national voluntary service) for the duration of 12 months starting in April 2018.

During his voluntary service Yacouba will be able to improve his German up to the necessary A2 level for an apprenticeship and actively look out for suitable training institutions.

Yacouba​

Yacouba came to Italy in 2015 across the Mediterranean. Before that he stayed in Libya for some years but could not stay there because of the increasingly unstable situation. Ever since he does have a residence permit in Italy but was unable to find permanent work and establish a secure existence even though he was actively looking for work and therefore had to change his place of residence a few times. Before his arrival Yacouba did not know Italy very well while Germany was already interesting for him back in Mali.

Through our partner institution Associazione Interculturale UNIVERSO in Bologna Yacouba was given the possibility to participate in the empowerment project ESOP which prepares refugees to build up an autonomous life in the European context. Together with other refugees Yacouba was provided with daily German lessons for five months and actively prepared himself for his stay in Germany.

On these basis migration_miteinander was able to organize a three months internship in Witten, Germany in the kitchen of the Institut für Waldorf-Pädagogik. As Yacouba would like to take up an apprenticeship as a baker he additionally helped out in a local bakery at weekends.
Because of his reliability and good comprehension skills Yacouba represented a great enrichment for the kitchen staff of the Institut für Waldorf-Pädagogik. Indeed, the institution was so pleased with his work that Yacouba was offered a BFD (German national voluntary service) for the duration of 12 months starting in April 2018.

During his voluntary service Yacouba will be able to improve his German up to the necessary A2 level for an apprenticeship and actively look out for suitable training institutions.

Alieu

We are happy to tell that Alieu did his internship in a Pizzeria in south-west Germany, in Lahr, which is at the foot of the black forest mountain range. His internship started in April and lasted until the end of June, so three month in total.

How it all began…

As participant of the second ESOP cycle (European Structural Orientation Program for Migrants), Alieu was well prepared for his time in Germany. During the ESOP Program, he learned the basics of the German language, he participated in a professional qualification course and learned a lot about the german and european labour market. With the support of Associazione Universo Interculturale and the association migration_miteinander, Alieu was able to find a internship in Germany, right at the end of the ESOP programme. Christiane, a former intern, played a crucial role here. Due to her commitment and knowledge about the region, she was able to organize a lot of things and to support Alieu a lot in the realisation of his plan. She even provided him a place to stay and drove with him by car from Italy to Germany. Further she organized a lot of things after his arrival and was always there to give support. She was huge help and a big reason that everything went so well.

Alieu´s daily life in Germany

After arrival in Germany, the first days were used to get to know the city and the region. Alieu for example did a bicycle trip together with Christiane along the Rhine river, he familiarized himself with Lahr and its surroundings and did a trip to Freiburg. Luckily, he was also able to travel a bit during the following three month. For example, he visited former interns who became good friends and are now living in Stuttgart.  

After the first free days, the internship started. Alieu was usually working from Tuesday/Wednesday to Sunday. He had different and changing tasks and got to know all the different fields in the restaurant kitchen, from baking Pizza to washing dishes. The owner was very happy with Alieu´s work. Right from the start, Alieu got along with everybody very well and was soon a fully integrated part of the team. Also in his free time he quickly found a place where he felt comfortable. He got to know many people, visited concerts and other cultural events and made contact with the gambian diaspora in Lahr and surroundings. Time went by quickly and it was soon time to say goodbye. At the end of june he had to go back to Bologna, Italy.

Alieu said that he had a great time in Germany, made valuable experiences, learned new things, improved his german skills and successfully completed his internship. Alieu made a big step towards a future in Germany. For this we wish him all the best and will of course continue to support him in the realisation of his dreams.

Alieu

We are happy to tell that Alieu did his internship in a Pizzeria in south-west Germany, in Lahr, which is at the foot of the black forest mountain range. His internship started in April and lasted until the end of June, so three month in total.

How it all began…

As participant of the second ESOP cycle (European Structural Orientation Program for Migrants), Alieu was well prepared for his time in Germany. During the ESOP Program, he learned the basics of the German language, he participated in a professional qualification course and learned a lot about the german and european labour market. With the support of Associazione Universo Interculturale and the association migration_miteinander, Alieu was able to find a internship in Germany, right at the end of the ESOP programme. Christiane, a former intern, played a crucial role here. Due to her commitment and knowledge about the region, she was able to organize a lot of things and to support Alieu a lot in the realisation of his plan. She even provided him a place to stay and drove with him by car from Italy to Germany. Further she organized a lot of things after his arrival and was always there to give support. She was huge help and a big reason that everything went so well.

Alieu´s daily life in Germany

After arrival in Germany, the first days were used to get to know the city and the region. Alieu for example did a bicycle trip together with Christiane along the Rhine river, he familiarized himself with Lahr and its surroundings and did a trip to Freiburg. Luckily, he was also able to travel a bit during the following three month. For example, he visited former interns who became good friends and are now living in Stuttgart.  

After the first free days, the internship started. Alieu was usually working from Tuesday/Wednesday to Sunday. He had different and changing tasks and got to know all the different fields in the restaurant kitchen, from baking Pizza to washing dishes. The owner was very happy with Alieu´s work. Right from the start, Alieu got along with everybody very well and was soon a fully integrated part of the team. Also in his free time he quickly found a place where he felt comfortable. He got to know many people, visited concerts and other cultural events and made contact with the gambian diaspora in Lahr and surroundings. Time went by quickly and it was soon time to say goodbye. At the end of june he had to go back to Bologna, Italy.

Alieu said that he had a great time in Germany, made valuable experiences, learned new things, improved his german skills and successfully completed his internship. Alieu made a big step towards a future in Germany. For this we wish him all the best and will of course continue to support him in the realisation of his dreams.