Welcoming the Stranger
Refugee Welcome Centre
The Refugee Welcome Center, an important outreach activity of Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Geneva, has been in operation since July 2022. The Center started in response to the influx of Ukrainian refugees, primarily women and children, arriving in Geneva at the outset of the war. Our vision is for the RWC to be a living project that responds to the needs and requests of the refugee population, regardless of nationality, so refugees feel safe and settle into their new community, while building on the talents and initiatives of its volunteers. Our focus is initial integration through quality, community engagement and partnership, while refugees seek short/long term solutions. While an initiative of the Church, all activities are secular in nature and there is no religious expectation or obligation. The Center is open to all.
French language classes
Classes at the A1 and A2 levels every Wednesday afternoon led by a qualified French teacher for a maximum of 12 students. Small class size ensures quality interaction and learning.
Refugee Coffee Hour
Every Wednesday afternoon from 15-17h, a warm, welcoming environment led by volunteers. Come for tea and coffee and stay for friendly conversation opportunities in French.
Volunteer here: https://signup.zone/pZXuZcKrj9FyXXCfd
In partnership with the Hospice Général, social partner of the city of Geneva, refugees are paired with a volunteer mentor to aid with French or simply discovering Geneva together.
Gentle yoga for refugee women
Starting February 13th, for 3 Tuesdays in February, a gentle yoga class will take place on the 1st floor in the Grande Salle from 14-15h. All levels, women only, no experience necessary. Open to refugee women for free. For others, a minimum donation of 10chf is kindly requested. For further information and to sign up, please contact Leslie Burgat at: firstname.lastname@example.org
French language singing group:
Would you like to practice your French in a fun way through song? Join our singing group! Starting Thursday February 8th, every Thursday evening in February from 17-18.30, Tamara will guide you while you learn new French songs. No experience necessary, open to all. To sign up, please contact Christine at: email@example.com
or join the Telegram group by clicking here.
English Immersion Summer Camp for refugee children
Over 2 weeks during the summer months, refugee children 5-8 years old are invited to participate in an interactive English immersion camp led by a group of volunteers offering arts and crafts, music, cooking and more.
Easter Egg Hunt
Another opportunity to have a children’s party in Spring filled with chocolate eggs and bunnies at a refugee residence.
Christmas Gift Drive
Once a year we ensure that all children residing at selected refugee residences receive gifts at a Christmas party.
Join in the Fun
Are you interested in volunteering with us? Are you a refugee who could benefit from language classes or other activities we offer? Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! We would be happy to talk to you.
Contact Christine Aghazarm: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center’s main activities take place at Emmanuel Church’s Parish Hall at 3, rue de Monthoux, conveniently located in the heart of Paquis. See the details at the bottom of this page.
The Refugee Welcome Center is funded and supported by the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Geneva, Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Church Europe. The RWC works closely with local partners including: the Hospice Général at the Centre de Rigot, Holy Trinity Church, and Residence Camille Vidart; AMIC (l’Association des Médiatrices Interculturelles) and AIM (Association Intégration Mineurs et Familles Genève). If you are interested partnering with us, please get in touch.