Tandem Stories

Planning makes perfect: Majd and EuroACE

By Tandem Admin | 4 August 2017

In June 2017, Majd Janat completed a placement with EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Majd is a mechanical engineer from Syria who graduated 14th in his class at Aleppo University in 2013. He has several years of work experience in Syria and Iraq and was a great fit for this placement. The EuroACE team, … Read more…

An “Interesting Adventure” with Tandem

By Tandem Admin | 5 April 2017

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…

Tandem volunteer hits the airwaves!

By Tandem Admin | 28 February 2017

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…

Refugees and the labour market – views from Turkey and Europe

By Tandem Admin | 18 February 2017

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…

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

By Alison Maassen | 31 August 2016

“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…

Coming Out Of Isolation: An Eye-Opening Experience For ActionAid And Monaf

By Alison Maassen | 2 August 2016

“In the last couple of weeks, we have had the good fortune of having a volunteer with us.,who is opening our eyes to the reality of refugees and asylum seekers here in Europe. Recognising the impact on people of being stuck in a refugee centre, without access to work or education, [Tandem] has set up … Read more…