For more than a year, Caritas Sofia volunteers have been organising activities for the asylum seekers living in Busmantsi detention centre. The adults and children living there are not allowed to leave the compound, and are only allowed outside for an hour per day.
The weekly activities give them something to look forward to, an opportunity to meet friendly local people, and a chance to learn new skills and languages, and for the children to benefit from games and creative recreation.
Join the team and lead one session per week from February to May 2018. Currently, volunteers organise:
- language lessons - English, French, Italian;
- sports activities;
- art therapy workshops.
They are also open to new suggestions for activities.
Once a week, from February to May 2018. Activities are held on workdays, Monday to Friday, in the morning (10:00 - 12:00) and in the afternoon (14:00 - 16:00).
You can indicate your preferred day and time in the online application form you will find behind the "I will do it" button.
The educational and recreational activities make a significant difference to the quality of life of the asylum seekers and migrants living in Busmantsi detention centre. Otherwise life there is monotonous and unstimulating, and psychologically traumatic as most people have no idea whether they will stay for a few days or months.
Busmantsi Special Home for Temporary Accommodation of Foreigners, Busmantsi village, near Sofia.
Busmantsi can be reached by car or marshrutka minibus number 35 (route Lyulin to Busmantsi, via Stamboliyski Blvd and Tsarigradsko Shosse, for detailed route see here, BG version only.)
Volunteers should be responsible, committed, and should be prepared to lead activities for a group of adults or children.
Training will be provided.
Volunteers must be 18+.
Will I get a volunteer certificate?
How do I take part?
Click the green "I will do it" button and complete the online application form.
// image courtesy of the organiser
Once a mission you participate in ends, you can tell us how it went in a couple of sentences ("it was great" won't do).
It's simple: after the end we send you instructions - follow them. This way you earn points and rise in rank , others get inspired and we're all happy.