Michel, Francesca, Sabrina and Clea are the Cuccuvaia team. They came from Italy in October 2016 and started collaborating as European Volunteers of the “I care about you” programme with NGO CIVIS PLUS (www.civisplus.gr). They are going to work in Athens for one year.

They will organise and manage their own activities to promote social inclusion of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. In particular, they will contact and meet associations, institutions and embassies to ask for funds and donations. They will also implement an English course, an art workshop for children, sports and cultural tourism visits.

This experience will help them to increase their capacity to adapt to a different socio-cultural context, to learn the Greek language and culture and improve their English. They also will learn or improve to identify, manage and resolve personal, interpersonal and migrants’ conflicts, to manage stress, learn and practice the methods of non-formal education and non-violent communication.

All this will allow them to enjoy a formative year, both personally and professionally, increasing their chances of employment in this and other social fields.

I care about you is a European Voluntary Service project supported by the National Agency for Youth of Italy through the Erasmus+ program. It aims to promote the social inclusion of children and their parents who are refugees and asylum seekers in Athens (Greece) through various activities like language courses (Greek, English), legal and social assistance and creative workshops, especially for kids.

In particular, it takes care of women who are the main victims of social exclusion, as reported by the International Organization for Migrants. Usually, they arrive in a new country to join their husbands and they are considered mainly as wives and mothers. Their role is to take care of the house and children’s education, which decreases their social integration opportunities.                     As children attend public schools, they are the most integrated and they manage to learn Greek quicker than their parents do.                                                                                                                                                           Often women live in the new country without knowing the local language, history and culture for a long time, as a research made by various associations and members of the European Council has highlighted. As they live outside the local community, this increases their risk of domestic violence. Furthermore, due to the lack of knowledge of the health services offered by the new State, they do not often manifest outside the home their mental or physical disorders (especially those related to the sexual sphere).