Tips To Help You in Getting Acquainted With the Refugee Work


Every experience when working with refugees is a journey that marks a step in your life. However, many people are not prepared for the work and end up being frustrated in the end. Refugee work is a lifetime commitment that calls for total passion, endurance, and heart.

Dedication and commitment are important values when embarking on a refugee’s mission. It takes heart for one to be fully committed to working with refugees either as a career or personal obligation. Here are some tips to help you in getting acquainted with the refugee work.

1. Researching Refugee’s Country of Origin Information

There is a myriad of reasons why refugees are refugees. In case you are undertaking the obligation of working with refugees or have a career in this field, you should be prepared for this. It can sometimes be a bit complicated to stay updated on each detail pertaining to the refugees. This is especially with the ever-growing numbers of refugees marked with shifting people’s backgrounds, conflicts, and countries. Check out refugees at the forefront of refugee work.

Dependent on your exact position at an organization, you should research the level of details for the countries of origin which might be different. However, despite your work at the refugee camp either, performing paperwork duties in an office, working between tents or spending your day at the camp, you must have some basic knowledge of the conflicts for the refugees.

2. Beginning with Zero Stereotypes

When working with different people from different parts of the world, it is common to run into different cultural differences. We all have our own forms of bias embedded in our brains for people around us. This is often as a result of our upbringing and the societal norms we have been accustomed to.
Even though we need to apply a bit of caution when working in our everyday life, this is especially when we are working in a multicultural environment made up of refugees.

More often than not, unconscious bias can manifest itself in less expected ways. This can be a manner in which we react to people’s greetings, how we pronounce the name of people correct to the way we highlight our differences.

3. Management of Expectations

As a humanitarian worker, we are chosen to take this path to our career. We all have the same heart of ending the suffering aced by refugees and changing the world. Even though this is the way to stay encourage and keep hope, things in the real world are really different. If things were good in the place, there would not be any refugees in the world.

It is good to stay to be dedicated to the world, but from time to time is good to stay clear of the realities of the world. The world cannot be changed in a single day. Therefore, it is important to manage your expectations of what you hope to achieve. Most refugees have already lost hope in life.

A change is created by forces behind you. This means policies created by power countries, shifts in regimes and governments and consensus of other people. There is much we can do, but others we leave for the world to sort out. Find out more about refugees at the forefront of refugee work.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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