If you live in Germany, you might have noticed the ads from Social-Bee that scream - ‘Soft skills can come the hard way’. Depicting refugees in tough situations, the ads highlight that adversity has taught them important workplace skills – team spirit, resilience, goal orientation, stress resistance...
A combination of soft and hard skills can enable refugees to find their professional feet. Who better than those already in the workforce to be their guides?
Enter Volunteer Vision, an online platform that connects experienced professionals willing to lend a helping hand with those who need guidance.
Founded by Suska Dreesbach-Bundy, Barbara Scheck and Julia Winkler, Volunteer Vision offers a complete solution for corporate volunteering. The platform not only has educational material for mentors but also an interface for mentoring.
Companies pay for the license to use this platform and Volunteer Vision uses the proceeds to extend the service to non-governmental organizations working for youth development. Among these NGOs is Kiron, an educational platform that enables refugees to attend university. About 300 Kiron students are registered on Volunteer Vision’s platform, of which around 120 are either receiving or have already received mentoring.