Qassem, participant of the e-VELP training

I am Qassem Alhomayyer, 23 years old. I was born in Damascus, the capital city of Syria. I came to Germany as a refugee in 2015. It took me about 18 months to learn German and be able to speak it fluently. I want to study Social Work and that’s why I work in informal (mostly political) education.


I found out about e-VELP from a friend of mine who works at Start with a Friend (SwaF). I decided to join this project because I want to exchange with people from different countries and backgrounds. I want to learn more about how to design a workshop and how to do it properly. And I actually wish via e-VELP to be able to travel in Europe and give my own workshop(s) and be able to discuss important topics, share my experiences and learn from participants.


Although I am still at the start of my program, I have already learned a lot of important things about designing a workshop, getting to know myself as a learner, setting the right goals and so on.


The most exciting part of the program for me is the part about knowing which kind of learner I am because this will not just help me in doing my workshops, but also in every aspect of my life.


My workshop will be about gender roles in society that concern men who live in Germany or other countries and have a different background. As a person that belongs to this group, I will be able to share my experiences, learn from their experiences, discuss gender roles, and hopefully get a step closer to gender equality. I would definitely recommend e-VELP. I have already been recommending it to my friends, many of whom know about it now and maybe they will participate in the next program.


Good news! Stay tuned for next year because we are broadening our project! Once we improve our content, we aim to publish the course so that it can be available to everyone in the TeachSurfing community. Right now, we just wanted to focus on migrants and refugees and give them the platform to share their knowledge, stories, and cultural background.

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