Volunteer Engagement: How to get involved with Konexio

There are several ways you can get involved in positively impacting the current migrant crisis in Europe. Whether you live in Paris or elsewhere, there are multiple opportunities available for you to volunteer your time or skills, expand our network, or offer a financial contribution. While there are numerous worthwhile non-profit organizations that help migrants and asylum seekers, I decided to volunteer with Konexio. I was drawn to Konexio’s multifaceted approach combining IT education, professional skills and language learning. Konexio is inclusive, inviting both refugees and other members of the local community to learn together, fostering an environment of social integration and multiculturalism. Offering classes ranging from basic computer literacy to building websites through code, our students learn valuable skills that will allow them to contribute to their host country and gain a supportive network.

How to volunteer your time and skills

If you are located in the Paris area, there are various opportunities to get involved. If you have a passion for teaching and experience in tech or have a good understanding of basic computer skills, become an instructor or class volunteer. All our classes are currently taught by dedicated volunteers in computer labs throughout Paris. We are also looking for help with program coordination, a hands-on way to get involved in the logistical aspects of organizing classes, students and teachers. Roles in partnership building and fund development require enthusiastic self-starters to expand Konexio’s global profile and its ability to offer services to the community. We are also always looking for interesting guest speakers in the IT world to share their experiences and educate our students on the various jobs and different sectors of the tech domain. For more information or to apply for one of these roles, visit our website: konexio.eu

How to raise awareness

For those of you unable to volunteer your time, there are other ways you can help out. The first and easiest ways are to follow Konexio on Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and to join our newsletter listserv to keep up-to-date on our latest developments. We also share updates on our partners in the nonprofit world and relevant articles on other initiatives focused on refugees and professional integration. By joining our community, you can help us reach a larger audience and expand our network.

How to donate

Another way to support Konexio is to contribute to our development and the promotion of our fundraising initiatives. We currently have a crowdfunding campaign underway which aims to raise €16,000 in order to launch our 60-hour computer literacy courses. Students learn to use a computer, the internet and Microsoft Office tools. Courses target real-world needs like how to write a resume (CV) and cover letter and good online practices . At the end of the course, students will be able to take the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) exam, a globally recognized information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy certification. Your support is essential to ensure the success of this campaign. Donations from €10 upwards can not only earn you perks, but will also help us continue to provide computer training to the community. Since Konexio is entirely run by volunteers, the majority of funds raised from this campaign will be used for teachers and class materials. For more information on the crowdfunding campaign or to donate visit: https://www.ulule.com/konexio/

Still have questions? Drop us a line at contact@konexio.eu!

By Megan Scoretz

As a translator working in the banking and IT sector, Megan is an advocate of continuous learning and professional integration. Her role focuses on fundraising and event planning to raise Konexio’s global profile and its ability to offer services to the community. Megan is also the co-owner of a tattoo shop in Paris.
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