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Old 21.10.2015, 09:23
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Refugees

Been a working man and unable to do too much outside of chasing money and running the mousewheel.
Is there any way I can help Refugees here in Switzerland? Is there a website of what one can possibly do besides donating money?
Such as, dedicating a night or a weekend to help run a camp....
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Old 21.10.2015, 09:27
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Re: Refugees

Benevol like volunteers who can speak the local Swiss language,

https://www.google.ch/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww&gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=benevol+jobs

Your local Gemeinde social welfare office would know of any needy project in your area.
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Old 21.10.2015, 09:41
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I guess donating teaching materials, computers etc, to help Refugees integrate and learn the language, or teaching Deutsch if you can.
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Old 21.10.2015, 09:43
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Re: Refugees

Depends where you are living. I know a few people who work with the Autonome Schule here in Zürich:

http://www.bildung-fuer-alle.ch/

You could help donating materials or computers etc...
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Old 21.10.2015, 10:31
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Benevol like volunteers who can speak the local Swiss language,
Perhaps I'm missing the point, but if you're going to work with refugees, wouldn't Arabic, Farsi, (or even English.) etc. be more useful?
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Old 21.10.2015, 10:59
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Perhaps I'm missing the point, but if you're going to work with refugees, wouldn't Arabic, Farsi, (or even English.) etc. be more useful?
Probably because Swiss German is the language used here between the organizations that are trying to help, and liaising with the Kanton would require the local language...

The problem is that many people want to help, but have no actual skills that are of any help. There are representatives from those communities that help with translations. If you want to help you would probably need the correct set of skills. However I would have thought that financial or clothing and food donations to organizations would be the most helpful, unless you want to offer a spare room or something along those lines.
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http://actionfromswitzerland.ch/
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Re: Refugees

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Been a working man and unable to do too much outside of chasing money and running the mousewheel.
Is there any way I can help Refugees here in Switzerland? Is there a website of what one can possibly do besides donating money?
Such as, dedicating a night or a weekend to help run a camp....
Donate clothes, computer and your time
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Re: Refugees

Well, I am a refugee and you can help me.
I was with EVAM at Crissier refugee camp, help is always needed
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Old 23.10.2015, 20:01
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Re: Refugees

You can also get involved in caritas: https://www.caritas.ch/en/what-we-do...rian-refugees/

By volunteering https://www.caritas.ch/en/get-involved/volunteering/
By donating clothes https://www.caritas.ch/en/get-involved/donate-clothes/
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Re: Refugees

This is an amazing grassroots organization that sprang up a couple of months ago and has already made several trips and have collected items, organized all kinds of volunteers. They are looking for people that want to go on the trips to help out so if that's what you are looking to do, definitely look them up. For others, they of course also are in great need of donations. They have a website and also a Facebook page.
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I guess donating teaching materials, computers etc, to help Refugees integrate and learn the language, or teaching Deutsch if you can.
Switzerland does have other languages other than German to be taught. You lot up there in your German cocoon should perhaps accept that.

Or expect it. French or Italian may be easier to learn and speak than German. Life does not revolve around Zurich and german.

Even on this English Forum, loads of you post things that we cannot understand. In German. Like us others didn't exist.

Perhaps us Francophones should speak up. And then you shall see how difficult it is to translate anything into the supposedly English Speaking Forum.

I lose out sometimes on some witty comments. And don't tell me i should learn German. Why should I? Same as you learning French.

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Re: Refugees

Berlin based Kiron University, which has launched online courses for refugees is always looking for volunteers, as they are working to expand their offers to other countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/1...091013483.html

https://kiron.university/support
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Old 29.10.2015, 11:06
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Switzerland does have other languages other than German to be taught. You lot up there in your German cocoon should perhaps accept that.
You are being pedantic, but perhaps I should have said, teach the language of the region you are living in. But as you cant read between the lines, maybe you should learn the more predominant language of the country... *ducks, and runs for the door*
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Old 29.10.2015, 11:17
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I lose out sometimes on some witty comments.
That's a side effect of too much French.
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Been a working man and unable to do too much outside of chasing money and running the mousewheel.
Is there any way I can help Refugees here in Switzerland? Is there a website of what one can possibly do besides donating money?
Such as, dedicating a night or a weekend to help run a camp....
If you know how to use a hex wrench, you could possibly help set up Ikea shelters in Aargau:

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/12010425
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Switzerland does have other languages other than German to be taught. You lot up there in your German cocoon should perhaps accept that.

Or expect it. French or Italian may be easier to learn and speak than German. Life does not revolve around Zurich and german.

Even on this English Forum, loads of you post things that we cannot understand. In German. Like us others didn't exist.

Perhaps us Francophones should speak up. And then you shall see how difficult it is to translate anything into the supposedly English Speaking Forum.

I lose out sometimes on some witty comments. And don't tell me i should learn German. Why should I? Same as you learning French.
German is the more useful in this case, obvious really. Especially with the French and Italian Governments saying "go away" and the German Government saying "come on over - we have room".
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Old 29.10.2015, 22:11
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Re: Refugees

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I have a friend who teaches german to refugees voluntarily in our village (Weisslingen). The courses are organised by the local Gemeinde. I am not suggesting you should necessary teach german but if you contact your local gemeinde they may have some suggestions of how you could help.
In our village there are lots of people from Ethiopia/Eritrea..

Good luck!
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Old 30.10.2015, 10:15
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Re: Refugees

You could volunteer to teach a course for refugees on sexual conduct in Switzerland. Suggested title: "They look like they do but they don't":

"Immigrants in Denmark to be taught about sex

Hoping to combat the disproportionate number of rapes committed by immigrants and their descendants, a number of political parties are pushing for sexual education to be included in the Danish language courses provided to foreigners, Metroxpress reported.

Between 2013 and 2014, 34.5 percent of all individuals convicted of rape were immigrants or their descendants despite those groups only accounting for roughly 12 percent of Denmark’s total population."

http://www.thelocal.dk/20151028/denm...-sexual-morals
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Having a bank account in a modern society is important. According to a survey by the Handelszeitung, there are only a few banks in Switzerland that allow refugees with permits to open accounts:

Bank accounts available to refugees without restrictions (Permits: F, N, S):
Bank Coop
Basler Kantonalbank
Aargauische Kantonalbank
Credit Suisse
Postfinance

Bank accounts available with restrictions:
Basellandschaftlichen Kantonalbank (F only with Wohnsitzbescheinigung)
Graubündner Kantonalbank (F, N)
Valiant (F, N, but may additionally require Wohnsitzbescheinigung)

Each bank account application is individually reviewed, details of restrictions not available:
Migros Bank
UBS
Zürcher Kantonalbank

https://translate.google.ch/translat...416&edit-text=

F: provisionally admitted foreigner
N: permit for asylum-seeker
S: person in need of protection
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