Congratulations on your project! It was great to watch the amazing ideas of the last cohort working in Sulaimani. Wish them all success!
Thank you so much for your kind help. It would be very useful to learn about your journey and the main challenges you face. If you are on linkedin, feel free to contact me whenever it suits you better - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rita-brito-e-faro-95358692/.
Feedback from our mentor Mahmoud: 1. The easiest and fastest way to learn a new language is to practice it with friends in our day-to-day. 2. Refugees have many struggles that go beyond language learning. Sometimes refugees need help getting a job by preparing a CV, getting a certificate or a reference letter. 3. Communicate impact in a more visual way
Feedback from users: 1. The fee charged is cheap 2. Materials are formal 3. Participants have difficulties in choosing the adequate group level
Feedback from Nate, our expert: 1. In order to start a business in a new country, it is important that migrants and refugees know the language and the local community well, as well as the actual rules and perspectives of the country. 2. When someone moves to a different country, he will tend to feel more comfortable in environments that are somehow connected to his home country as well as faith-based organizations, people of the same age/backgrounds, and families. 3. The fear or lived experience of having been discriminated against can discourage a person from establishing contact with locals.
Thank you so much for your time and availability to provide such valuable answers!
Despite the fact that your expertise might be based on the US context, I believe it totally applies to Europe.
We will certainly incorporate these insights into our idea proposal. For instance, we can create new push notifications to encourage participation in certain events which may be more adequate to recently arrived users or to encourage the organization of an event about the participant’s culture, and connecting someone from the participant’s country of origin who is more integrated in the community.