The work of an integration helper can be diverse and has become increasingly important, especially in recent years, when many refugees came to Germany. But it is not just between cultures that integration is essential. Even people with disabilities often need support to participate in social life. We’ll explain what you need to know about the field of integration helpers.
Occupational field Integration Aid
As a refugee helper, you support people from other cultures to gain a foothold here in Germany and to integrate into society.
As an integration worker for people with disabilities, you mainly accompany children and adolescents at school to enable and facilitate their participation in regular school education. Depending on the federal state, this form of integration aid also means school attendance, school assistance, or school helpers.
Tasks of an integration helper
An integration assistant for refugees has a variety of functions. While some integration helpers are more likely to take on organizational responsibilities such as errands, others help learn the German language, for example. These are possible tasks of an integration helper for refugees:
- You support refugees in Germany in everyday tasks such as visits to the authorities, visits to the doctor, or shopping.
- You help with communication between refugees and residents or between different refugee groups. You meditate, improve the exchange, and help to avoid or clarify misunderstandings.
- You help to organize leisure activities for refugees.
- You take over sponsorship for refugee families or support possibly underage, alone traveling refugees.
- You support refugees when looking for work.
- You help to acquire donations and to provide public relations.
- You support refugees while learning the German language.
- You help traumatized refugees get adequate help.
An integration assistant for children with disabilities should assist the child with everyday tasks. It can be the case both at school and in the child’s leisure time. The following functions are eligible for this activity:
- You support a child with help needs while learning at school.
- Depending on your needs, you can also help him on the way to school, in school sports, on excursions, or school trips.
- As a caregiver, you give him an essential hold for accomplishing daily tasks.
- You can help with going to the toilet, eating, medical care, or other everyday matters.
- You help the child to structure the school life and organize himself.
- You promote the self-confidence and independence of the child.
- You work closely with the teachers of the child or adolescent.
- You help to improve the communication between children with and without disabilities.
- You withdraw when the child can cope alone or get help from classmates.
- You do not push your help, but help the child or adolescent to create as much as possible.
- Through your support, you enable equal participation of children and adolescents with disabilities.
Jobs for integration helpers
Integration helpers are needed in different places and can work both voluntarily and full-time in this job. Training as an integration worker is particularly suitable for people in social, administrative, or medical professions for further education or offers opportunities for lateral social workers to enter the social sector.
Integration worker in the refugee aid
Refugee helpers are mostly volunteers. But they also find employment in social services, church, and charitable institutions, aid organizations, or local governments.