Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Serve the City Paris, and there are many ways in which to get involved. However you choose to donate your time and skills to our work, you will make a real difference to the lives of others.
Some current projects which we would love your help with include:
We meet at la Caféothèque in the Paris 75004, on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, starting from 9am, (and on Thursday’s at metro Stalingrad at 8:30am).
After coffee (and a chance to socialise!) we head off individually or in small groups to distribute surplus food – kindly donated by Prêt a Manger – to homeless people on the streets of Paris. We usually are finished by 12 noon. All new volunteers are briefed before going out to distribute and are accompanied on their first day by an experienced volunteer.
You can take part in as many of these weekly sessions as you wish or, if your time is more limited, join us on an ad hoc basis. If you’re really keen, you may wish to help with the pre-distribution food collection from Prêt a Manger.
To sign up, please go to https://www.meetup.com/Serve-the-City-Paris-Charity-food-distribution/
Corporate and Social Engagement
If you are an employee of a company, or a part of a group or university, help support Serve the City Paris by partnering with us for an event, a workshop or an organized community service activity.
Serve the City Paris offers programs for groups such preparing food together, and/or delivering food to refugees and the homeless in Paris. We offer team building exercises, presentations from guest speakers, and workshops for corporate groups.
Our workshops include an educational program called « Journey to Paris », which includes an team building exercise, preparing food for refugees, and hearing from one of our refugee beneficiaries who explain their story of coming from another country seeking Asylum in Europe. Our workshop « From Success to Significance » is designed for executives or senior managers seeking purpose in their leadership roles and it includes a community service activity. Other programs can be customized, or they can be combined with our other non-profit local partners.
For over 10 years, Serve the City International has been providing socially responsible workshops and community service oriented activities for large and small organizations worldwide. Programs can also be extended for organizations interested in providing an event, workshop or service activity on an international scale.
Help Foreigners in Need (P.A.I.R.)
Integrating into a new country and a new city for the first time can be a challenge. Though Paris is an international city, sometimes integrating with the French culture, finding employment, or finding community can be difficult without someone’s support who has already made this transition. The Serve the City Paris team of volunteers who have made this transition successfully can play a vital role in supporting newcomers to our great city.
Our volunteers share their experience and help other foreigners through our program called « P.A.I.R. », (Program to AID and Integrate Refugees). The overall P.A.I.R. program helps asylum seekers, refugees and expat foreigners with the delicate subject of interracial and cultural integration, finding work, preparation for the French residency interview, or just to help foreigners to France remain positive and optimistic.
There are classroom training courses offered to asylum seekers and refugees each month of the year. The STCP team also works with our volunteers to ‘pair’ them with a new foreigner, whether that foreigner is an asylum seeker, refugee, an new immigrant, or an new ex-patriot foreigner. The volunteer can provide all different levels of support, whether it’s help with a language, learning about the France registration process, learning how to find work, attending a STCP event together, or participating in one of STCP’s philanthropy projects.
A training course is mandatory for working under P.A.I.R., which is offered once a month. The training covers subjects relating to integration, the do’s and don’ts of communication, and best practices to use when engaging with a foreigner. The training can also help the volunteers find the right STCP program to participate in.
To learn more, or to find out more about the monthly training course and when it’s offered, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teach the English and French Language to Refugees and to the Underprivileged
Learning French is essential to integrating into the French culture and to find employment in Paris. Learning English is also helpful to find work in Paris, to network, or to integrate with the international community.
Trained volunteers either teach language courses in the classroom, or they meet once a week as a group and go to the parks, where we offer refugees a sandwich and an opportunity to practice their conversational English or French by following a script created by the Serve the City leadership team.
A large majority of the refugees speak English and French as their second language. Volunteers and refugee students engage in conversation around subjects relating to sports, technology, fashion, food, manners and other subjects that help them integrate into the Parisian society. Practicing job interviews in English and French between students and volunteers are also encouraged to help the refugees prepare for finding employment or passing their exam to become registered in France.
If you are interested in participating as a volunteer instructor, attending at least one preliminary training course is mandatory. Training courses are offered each month in the evening, and a 10 euro fee is required to participate. (This fee is considered a donation to our Association to help pay for our programs). The course covers the scripts used during the conversational training sessions, the do’s and don’ts when working with refugees, and best practices in helping foreigners integrate with the French culture.
We hope to boost career prospects and the quality of life of Paris residents looking to build a new life in Paris. To attend a training course, please register here, or send questions to email@example.com.