The idea behind MyBuddy is simple: one local resident will be connected to one refugee in order to foster integration by means of personal encounters. The pairs of buddies decide for themselves, how much time they would like to invest in their relationship, and in which formats they meet each other. The program has consciously been designed to be flexible in order to make participation attractive for a broad target group.
Unlike most existing programs, MyBuddy is not about the one-sided support for refugees by locals, but rather about friendship on equal terms. Therefore, no previous experience is required for participation. The MyBuddy program is characterized by the three following guiding principles.
friendships between local residents and refugees are not only strong drivers of integration, but at the same time a measure for integration success.
no standardized program can satisfy the varying interests and time budgets of all participants. With MyBuddy, you can shape the program according to your interests and time budget.
with MyBuddy‘s flexibility, you can become an integration ambassador without special knowledge or prior experience.
buddies are connected based on their age and interests. Therefore, this program offers perfect conditions to build new intercultural friendships.
both parties are offered a simple way to get to know a new culture. Whether in a café, at a concert or during a tennis match: you have manifold ways to get to know your buddy and his culture.
Become part of the solution and contribute to a successful integration of refugees in your local community.
The registration on www.my-buddy.org only takes 2 min and is possible from July 25th until August 31st, 2018. Buddies will be assigned beginning of September. In October, an official welcoming event with political representatives will be held as a thank-you for your contribution to integration.