Refugee Youth and Young Adult Worker

Are you passionate about reaching out to young people and the unique life questions they face? Athens, Greece is at a crossroads between Asia and Europe. Greece is a stepping stone for many from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa hoping to find asylum in western Europe.

The teens in the refugee community often go unnoticed. Like other teens they deal with life questions of identity and meaning, magnified by their experience of displacement and loss. They grow up in-between cultures and are often the bridge between their family and the host society, holding responsibility beyond their years. In addition, they carry with them past traumatic experiences as well as narratives of distrust, conflict, and generational trauma.

However, teens also have strong resilience, endless interests, and are eager to grow. We are passionate about seeing the lives of these teens transformed through the ways of Jesus, walking alongside them on their journey. We work towards community transformation by creating safe spaces for relationships, discipleship, and empowerment. We share life together, talk about deeper questions, and discover more of our God-given identity, while also thinking about what it looks like to work towards God’s vision of a restored and reconciled community. We also seek to involve the whole family in these conversations.

Goers in this position will be a part of empowering youth to pursue growth and navigate life. This work centers around building relationships. This could look like: organizing classes and fun events, facilitating conversations about culture, visiting their families, tackling difficult life questions in mentorship conversations, teaching life skills such as peacemaking and health, and connecting teens with Greek peers.

Skills: 

Compassion and empathy; Ability to take the initiative in pursuing relationships; Being ok with a participatory, bottom-up structure; Willingness to be adaptable, learn and be flexible with changing schedules; Willingness to put relationships and people ahead of tasks; Willingness to live, work and learn in a multilingual and multicultural environment.

Experience in youth or young adult work is helpful but not essential. Experience or training in the areas of peacemaking, mental health or cross-cultural work is a bonus.

Placement Details

Status: 
Open
Region: 
Language: 
Positions: 
2
Start cycles: 
Fall
Winter
Location: 
Greece
Genders: 
Both
Reference number: 
13023300
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