Maher came to the Netherlands from Aleppo (Syria) eight months ago. Since September 1, 2022, he has been living on a ship, in the port of Arnhem. There he waits for his family he has not seen for almost two years. He waits for his residence permit, waits for a home in Tiel and waits for the right to work. He is very happy with NewBees’ MDT traineeship, through which he participates once a week in educational, useful and fun participation activities together with other young newcomers.
Maher: “There is nothing to do on the ship. When Samara (red. matcher at NewBees) gave a presentation on the boat and invited us to participate in NewBees activities, I didn’t hesitate: I signed up right away.”
The MDT Traineeship* for young newcomers starts with an intake
“I have been taking part in the MDT traineeship for two months now. I had an intake interview with Wies (ed. matcher at NewBees). I participated in a number of film education sessions and had a networking conversation with a colleague in the neighbourhood. During the NewBees intake we spoke English. Wies gave me information about NewBees and I told her about my studies, my profession, talents and work experience. I shared my worries, wishes and ambitions. I liked the setting and the card game. We spoke almost as if we were two old acquaintances, equal and with genuine and mutual interest.”
*The MDT traineeship is part of Social Service Time, a program specifically for young newcomers. NewBees offers them a traineeship to further develop their talents, expand their network and get to know the Dutch labor market and culture. Participants participate in the so-called participation building blocks of NewBees, such as an intake interview, neighborhood safaris, film education, volunteer work/internship and conducting network discussions.
Use talent in the Netherlands. Practical support from NewBees
“I studied psychology in Syria. I worked as a basic counselor, among others, for the Syrian Red Cross. In the Netherlands I would like to continue working in my field. Wies organised a networking meeting with a professional from my field who provided me information about my profession in the Netherlands. I want to know as much as possible and understand how the system works here. NewBees also helps me with practical matters such as my diploma evaluation. I might study for an extra year, or do an internship or work-study program. That would be ideal! Of course I also have to learn the Dutch language. A lot depends on the language: it is necessary to communicate with the municipality, to find a job and ultimately to be able to practice my job.”
Film Education, Networking and Volunteering
“During the NewBees film education program, I have the opportunity to speak Dutch and learn about Dutch culture and society. The vocabulary used in the film is sent to me a few days in advance so that I can study it in advance, and so better understand the movies and participate actively in the discussions afterwards. That works really well and tastes like more! Once a week is not enough. I would like to participate in more activities and if possible do volunteer work to practice the language, meet people, be active and spend my time in a useful way.”
More information about the MDT traineeship can be found here.
Photo: Mo Alzoabi