What to Expect

“The greatest nations are defined by how they treat their weakest inhabitants.” – Jorge Ramos

Understanding the Issues is Half the Battle

We believe that knowing what to expect as a volunteer is not only critical, but it also makes it easier as you decide if volunteering is for you. It is no small task to step out of your comfort zone and to consider a short-term assignment. The challenge is to help these newcomers to integrate into this country and grow into independent and productive citizens. Many charitable organizations are helping to do just that, but they must rely on volunteers to resettle refugees which involves a multitude of tasks. You as a volunteer will be at the forefront of this process. To be an effective contributor, to make an impact, you must prepare yourself and understand the issues, even in general terms. And this kind of understanding we offer you below, allowing you to start your assignment with confidence.

As a registered RAMP volunteer, you have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee child. You will be better prepared to experience a more meaningful and effective tour of service with a charity of your choice.

Many of us are removed from what it means to be a refugee and what it takes to help.  We are often unaware or misinformed. Therefore, we invite you to explore the situation and how you can help. The first section below asks you to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. The second section introduces you to the trauma created by being forced from one’s homeland. And third, we have added a section that discusses aspects of general child development stages.

Finally, thus armed, you may also find it easier to identify a suitable resettlement organization and reach an agreement for a volunteer assignment.