Exceptional TPM meeting in Valencia


The steering group of this project met last time the 10th of March 2020, some days before the world stoped due to COVID crisis. This last time we said good-bye knowing that we were meeting soon for a big meeting with trainers and trainees in Volos, for what we have been preparing the content and logistics.

Unfortunately we never managed to implement our LTTA meeting, however we kept several online meetings, checking on each others and learning a lot of distance working…


One year later, the steering group decided to meet again, to re-start the work all together. However, not all partners were able to fly due to still persistent Covid-19 restrictions.

That’s why we decided to have a blended meeting, where the German partner and the Spanish partner will meet in person, while the rest of partners will join via Zoom.

Valencia was the city that hosted us for this exceptional meeting. It was a short but very intense meeting where we could discuss important aspects of the projects as well as next steps.

While walking the streets of Valencia, we found this street work of art:It’s written in Valencian dialect: «Tornarem», which means «We’ll be back».

And this is the message we want to spread from this project: We’ll be back!

The steering group of the Can Do Refugees meeting (missing in this picture Sulaf, our coordinator from Egypt, and Davide, our coordinator from France!)

Meet Adelaide from France

My name is Adelaide, I am Italian and I live in Marseille, France. I’m used to changing cities and countries, but I’ve never felt so in tune with a town as in Marseille! This city is a pure mixture of the whole of humanity!

My parents gave birth to me in Ottawa, Canada, and brought me with them 7 years later when they decided to return to their country, Italy, next to Ragusa in Sicily, where I grew up.

I was very young when I understood my attraction to languages: people speaking a foreign language have always attracted me like magnets, I have always liked hearing other sounds, seeking the link with the other despite the language barrier, opening up listening and sharing.

I was very young when I understood my attraction to languages

Later, the encounter with artists, musicians, actors and visual artists opened up other horizons and my love for litterature, theatre or cinema, for artists, creators who creates from ideas where man is at the centre of the issue, man and humanity.

I am happy to be part of the Can Do refugees project. In Marseille, I’m a languages trainer,  Italian or French, to young and old alike, and migrants participate in workshops we run with local associations, such as L&Cie (Langues & Compagnies), among others, in Marseille.

I look forward to sharing your experiences, desires and practices, THANK YOU to those who have allowed me to participate in this project!

See you soon!

Meet Léa and Julia from France

My name is Lea and with Julia we are coordinating the project Can do Refugees for France ! I am living in Marseille for 3 years now, working as project manager for the organisation Eurocircle.

Since many years I have been involved on projects fostering social inclusion, gender equality as well as minority rights. I gained various experiences in the field of human rights in Italy, Colombia, Mexico and Morocco. I then decided to settle down in Marseille where I work as a project manager for Eurocircle. I am firmly convinced that each of us is responsible for a more harmonious and peaceful world, being active citizens, with a critical mind and engaged in social change. My way to engage is working as an intercultural trainer.

The serious Léa and Julia

I love it and I really believe in non-formal education as a tool for creating open spaces for discussion, exchanges and allowing people to build a critical view of the world!

I am happy to meet you all very soon!

Meet Francesca from Italy

Hi everybody !

I’m Francesca, I’m an italian singer.  I arrived in Marseille 4 years ago for love and now I happily live here teaching music in the middle school, in the suburbs of the famous «quartiers nord». I like Marseille because I’m finally filled with new adventures, tunes and cultures: I discover all of this inside the wall of the school and this is a chance for my students and for me to exchange and grow up.

My school welcome kids from all over the world, frequently from Maghreb: I usually like to share music with them and the main language for the class, the french, is not always necessary for us! 

My school welcome kids from all over the world, frequently from Maghreb

I look forward to discover the project Can do Refugees and share good practices with other teachers, volunteers and professionals ! See u there 😉

Meet Anaïs from France

Hi ! 
My name is Anaïs, I’m french.
A few month ago I decided to settle in Marseille, in the South of France.
I had never been in Marseille before, but this city sounded great to me. Because of the mediterrean sea, the «Calanques», the smell of the pine trees and the nearby montains, of course.

By coming to Marseille, I was sure I would meet people from different countries.

But overall because of the diversity of its population. By coming to Marseille, I was sure I would meet people from different countries.
I’m working at Eurocircle for 5 months now. Through the «Service Civique», I try to help youngsters to have a great experience abroad, volunteering for social projects. Especially, I focus on helping youngsters in need, who are struggling with education, money or language. Some of them are or have been refugees.

. I’m really happy of being part of the project CAN DO REFUGEES !

I’m eager to share, to discover and to experience those few days !»

Meet Ronja from Germany

I am Ronja from Germany. Since more than nine months I’m living in the very east of Germany in a small city where xenophobia is unfortunately wide spreaded. I moved there because of the oportunity to work in a very special theatre centre that aims integration, called Thespis Zentrum. I’m a pegagogist for theatre and a german teacher and I love what I’m doing. I work with people with various backgrounds and needs. 

I’m really excited to get to know your perspectives and to exchange point of views. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Meet Christos from Greece

I am Christos Alexopoulos and I have been working as a teacher, for the past seven years, in the Shelter for unaccompanied minors asylum seekers in Makrinitsa, for ARSIS, an Association for the Social Support of Youth, assisting them in difficulty or danger and in the advocacy of their rights.

Despite all kinds of differences, I believe we are all inherently alike and have similar needs.

Teaching young refugees a new language is equally a fascinating and challenging experience, as it is not only about the knowledge of that other language, but, also about cultural understanding.  I enjoy the fact that you have the possibility to influence other people’s lives, hopefully in a positive way, and every now and then make a slight difference.

It is very rewarding, when you get to witness gradual progress and changes, which create new opportunities and make their lives easier.

I am looking forward to sharing ideas and learning new practical learning strategies .

Hasta Luego!

Meet Elli from Germany

Hi everybody! 
My name is Elli – in fact Elzbieta, as I was born in Poland. My life in Germany started at the age of three. Now I am very lucky to live in Berlin, a wonderful city full of contrasts. 

I have been working as a project manager and youthworker since 2007, first in the Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe in Polen, since 2013 for the Kreisau-Initiative e.V. in Berlin. I am working in the field of international inclusion, where I am developing, implementing and coordinating international inclusive youth exchanges and trainings. 

What true inclusion needs is the modification of existing systems and a change of mind-set. This is what I am working for! 

The term inclusion is often associated with disabled people, but in the way I understand inclusion, it is only one part of the picture. Of course, one aim of such projects is to make them accessible to those target groups that have been under-represented so far. But it also means creating a space where all young people regardless of their backgrounds, abilities and possibilities can meet, develop and experience diversity….and than magic happens. It is beautiful. 

I am happy to meet you and to get to know more about your experiences in this colourful world – and of course I am happy to share mine 🙂 

Meet Merit from Egypt

Hello everyone, I am Merit
I am Egyptian, living in Egypt 😁
Started my carrier as a pharmacist but few years later, I felt in love with refugees where I decided to work on programs which support refugees in Egypt.

I feel blessed for having the chance to be part of their lives and for that i am doing my Masters on Migration and Refugees where i am more enabled to provide better advice and support.
Look forward to meeting all of you, to share our experiences, knowledge and amazing life changing situation

See you😊