We are looking for interns or activists who want to work for international equality with migrants and refugees. We are all volunteers, so this work is not paid.
Have you ever been treated unfairly when traveling or living abroad because of your nationality?
Do you struggle to find a place where to study or work because of your passport?
Do you feel that people from abroad are discriminated against in your country?
Do you understand that no one decides where they are born?
Do you want to directly work in solidarity with refugees and migrants in Europe and in West Asia?
Would you like to build some experience in running a small registered charity?
Are you compassionate and friendly?
If this resonates with you. We would like to hear from you!
No formal qualifications or previous activist experience is required, but if you have them, it’s definitely a great plus.
What our group does
Asylum Links is an information outreach organisation in solidarity with refugees and migrants. We have started working in Europe and West Asia, but we are now also working in South America and South Asia.
Asylum Links (AL) publishes accessible and reliable information to support refugees and migrants mainly on work, visa, asylum, housing, healthcare, and education. We share official or trusted documentation and find local services that can directly give support. We share with refugees and migrants information on options, and rights in a country.
We do individual casework for people that contact us, our clients, and we find local services that can specifically consider their case and we make sure that they get in contact with each other. We work mainly online and when necessary we also meet our clients wherever they are. If our clients are not happy with what the qualified person told them, we find somebody else. We also advocate for our clients and witness their living conditions.
We DO NOT give advice on anything, we share information and eventually support finding professional advice.
We need people who are compassionate and have time to listen to our clients. If you are compassionate and have time join our group. It is a very hard job but it will also be very rewarding and it makes a big difference for some of our clients.
What coordinators do
Coordinators lead our information outreach programs. These activities can be grouped into five main areas.
Research and Publishing
We look at all possible options and regulations and we try to give a clear account that is easily translatable in multiple languages. We ask everyone the information they want, and we research and publish. Once it’s published, we test its validity with the experience that people have on the ground. Our website is growing with information for everyone who’s living abroad. We aim to become a central resource of solidarity among refugees and migrants whether they are destitute or not.
Outreach and Dissemination
We distribute information online and offline. Our aim is to disseminate as much shared knowledge as possible. We do different missions in different countries in direct collaboration with local volunteers, refugees, and migrants, to understand better what is the situation.
We work with governments and other organizations. We spend time visiting people in areas where they live to offer support and solidarity and witness their local living conditions.
Casework and Aid
For the individual cases that are more complex, we start a conversation about information. We visit people. We are able to give direct support that can enable our clients to access the services they need.
Solidarity and Campaigns
We try to collaborate with other organisations on advocacy campaigns on international equality and human rights.
Fundraising and Grant Writing
Volunteers fundraise collectively or individually for their expenses especially when they are abroad. We try to apply for funds.
How we work together
ALinks volunteers come in two flavors, activists, and interns, in both roles the daily responsibilities are: casework, solidarity, research and some little fundraising. Normally interns just have finished studying and they want to focus on developing specific skills to continue with what they want. During your interview we can have a conversation about this.
We work in affiliate groups and we rotate as leaders of each group. We try to make clear what is expected by everyone every week so to avoid to build invisible hierarchy. We use tools that protect your privacy and we have a safeguarding system in place as required by UK safeguarding procedures.
As a coordinator, you will spend some of your time working together with other volunteers and supporting them. You will spend some of the rest of your time running the organisation collectively with us, doing activities for all our clients and for all other volunteers.
You’ll receive guidance and constant support throughout your time volunteering with us. And you will give guidance. You will have the chance to experiment all your ideas in any aspects of running a small international organisation. We try to create a comfortable online, and offline, space where everyone can express their ideas, which means you are welcome to talk to any volunteer you feel like you need to talk.
You will have a training period of two or three weeks (no more than four or five hours per week) during which you can understand if this is something you would like to do. And after that you will have a conversation with one of us on how you can be part of our group.
We urgently need your help. Please apply as soon as you can. We will evaluate your application immediately.
Who are we looking for?
Asylum Links is currently looking for Interns and activists in Turkey (Istanbul or/and Izmir and other locations within Turkey). You will assist us in 5 different main areas: Research, Outreach, Casework, Solidarity, and some Fundraising.
You can come from abroad or you can already be in Turkey.
Starting from: as soon as possible
Duration: 3 months
City: Istanbul or Izmir or other Turkish cities
- interest in migration, or humanitarian and development work, or human rights
- basic written English
- be able to be online sometimes every week either via computer or via phone
- sociable and friendly
- flexible: as a small organisation, we occasionally take on responsibilities outside of our main area of work, and you will need to be prepared to help with a wide range of tasks
- motivated and relentless, so you will be able to successfully advocate for our clients
- effective communicator online and able to distance work
- have time to do this, you will work a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for at least 10-12 weeks, either home based or abroad. You need to reflect on wether you can combine this with your other commitment. If you work abroad with us, you are strongly advise to work within another organisation as well, this is part of our outreach effort.
- some experience in Human Resources or Recruitment or Volunteers Management
- interested in migration or international development or human rights
- some experience of places where our clients live: Turkey, Greece, Italy, Lebanon or else
- any language skills relevant to our work: Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurdish, French, Bengali, Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Greek or else.
Skills that you will acquire in this role
- deep knowledge of migration theory, policy, and practice
- logistics and organization capacity
- strong initiative and ability to manage deadlines and completion of projects
- work proficiently both independently and as part of a team
- strong communication skills in multiple languages
How to apply?
Send us an email to email@example.com , recruitment at alinks dot org , where you answer the following questions.
- When would you be available to come to Turkey? Or if you are already In Turkey when could you start? If you cannot come to Turkey, can you work with us online?
- How would you describe a ‘right to migrate’?
- How would you describe ‘open borders’?
- What are three examples of open borders in the world?
- How would you describe ‘international inequality’?
- What’s passport privilege?
- Which are the five most powerful passports in the world?
- Which are the five least powerful passports in the world?
- Which are five of the main migratory corridors in the world across continents?
- Which are five of the main migratory corridors in the world within the same continent?
- How would you outreach to people with useful information either online or on the ground?
- How would you acquire from people useful information either online or on the ground?
- What are three different examples of migration policies around the world?
- What could be new migration and asylum policies, that would protect people on the move?
Send us a CV but only if you have one ready
After, if successful, We will book together a twenty minutes online interview.