What is Tandem?

Tandem is an initiative set up to help and support refugees and asylum-seekers residing in and around Brussels. The aim is to provide a possibility for them to contribute to the community, and support the restoration of their dignity and autonomy through initially short-term volunteer placements at European-level NGOs. Tandem also aims to bring the direct experience of individual refugees and asylum-seekers and the challenges facing them into EU level NGOs. These organisations are often concerned about the situation of refugees but may not have identified opportunities to support directly individuals in their local areas.

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How It Helps

How does a Tandem placement help refugees and host NGOs?
Supporting autonomy
Many refugees and asylum-seekers are eager to work, and be active in society. Volunteering will enable them to use their skills, and meet and engage with new people.
Alleviating financial uncertainty
Volunteering placements with a small allowance for costs can be a great help to alleviate the uncertain financial situation for many refugees and asylum-seekers.
Supporting change-makers
Engagement with an NGO may support the capacity of a Tandem volunteer to work for change/reconstruction in their countries of origin.
Supporting integration work
Many people care deeply about the difficult situation facing refugees and asylum-seekers. Tandem aims to help them play a part in integration work.
Bringing new perspectives
A Tandem volunteer can bring their individual perspectives as a refugee/asylum-seeker to the work of a host organisation.
Increasing capacity
Engaging a Tandem volunteer can provide organisations with additional capacity and allow staff and existing volunteers to meet new and interesting people.

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Team

Tandem is co-led by refugees and is run by a team of committed volunteers with the support of several advisors from Brussels civil society. Meet some of the team below!
Abbas Oubari
Abbas Oubari

VOLUNTEER MATCHING & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

abbas@tandemvolunteering.org

    Abdulmajid Abdulrahim
    Abdulmajid Abdulrahim

    VOLUNTEER MATCHING & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

    abdulmajid.abdulrahim@tandemvolunteering.org

      Alison Maassen
      Alison Maassen

      Placement coordinator & Communications

      alison.maassen@tandemvolunteering.org

        Camilla Palazzini
        Camilla Palazzini

        PLACEMENT COORDINATOR & NGO OUTREACH

        tandem@tandemvolunteering.org

          Maarten Coertjens
          Maarten Coertjens

          Co-founder & Partnerships

          tandem@tandemvolunteering.org

            Mark Perera
            Mark Perera

            Co-founder & Lead Coordinator

            tandem@tandemvolunteering.org

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