An “Interesting Adventure” with Tandem

Here’s a throwback example of how Tandem helps refugees integrate. Today we present the experience of Tammam Abduleahab who volunteered with the European Youth Forum in September 2016. He spoke of his “interesting adventure” as he called it : “As a Syrian volunteer, Tandem gave me the opportunity to get the experience through a short … Read more…

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Tandem volunteer hits the airwaves!

Organisations are often asking us about the kinds of tasks Tandem volunteers do on their placements.  In February, Nader volunteered with the Communications team at Friends of the Earth Europe.  One of the fruits of their work together was this interesting podcast, which Nader co-hosts, about the millions of Euros flowing in to the Balkans to fund hydropower projects.  Take … Read more…

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Refugees and the labour market – views from Turkey and Europe

In autumn 2016, Karam Alhindi volunteered with the economics think-tank Bruegel, working on the organisation’s flagship yearly event, the Bruegel Annual Meetings. As part of his placement, Karam was invited to produce a small piece of research himself, on refugees and the labour market. Here you can read the results of his work, built on … Read more…

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60+ participants attend Tandem Sessions on 26 October

Thank you to the 60+ participants who joined us for our last Tandem Session on Wednesday, 26 October at Mundo-B! It was incredible to see so many European NGOs and new volunteers come together in one place for a common cause. Participants attended the following sessions: An Introduction session to  European NGOs for new refugee-volunteers … Read more…

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Tandem Presentation At The Philantropy House: 6 October

The EDGE-Funders alliance invited Tandem to Philanthropy House in Brussels to present our work.  The Tandem Team introduced the initiative to the foundations and philanthropic organisations based there and encouraged them to sign up and support us.  This was our first foray to a new sector and we hope it will be a fruitful one! … Read more…

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Tandem Fundraising Concert Brings In 600 Euro

Tandem is a voluntary initiative and aims to have as small a budget as possible. Yet, some costs are unavoidable.  Covering these out of the pockets of Tandem team members is not sustainable. To cover our small operating costs (e.g. web-hosting, printing, meeting costs), and to reimburse the costs of the refugees who are part … Read more…

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Tandem Sessions: Introducing And Building Tandem Together

Tandem aims to be a learning organisation, constantly evolving and developing in order to be as effective as possible at achieving our mission.  We’re also aiming to do this as openly and transparently as possible, with the full involvement of the participating refugees and NGOs.  This is why we are holding monthly Tandem Sessions with … Read more…

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Breaking Through The Brussels Bubble: How a Personal Story Can Impact Policy

“Our experience with Yazan was very positive. We used his knowledge and experience with the Dublin system to write background information on Dublin and the EU-Turkey deal that combined both policy and his personal experiences, and that I will use in later work. We really valued having his inside perspective on the migration policies that … Read more…

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Tandem Holds Its First NGO Info Session

After launching on World Refugee Day on 20 June 2016, Tandem held its first NGO information session at the beginning of July.  This very first outing into the world of European NGOs took place at the most appropriate of venues: Mundo-J, a hub for organisations from different sectors including youth, development and education.  This building … Read more…

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