Mentoring by fokusnetzwerk


Kanton Zürich




Social issues

As a mentor for fokusnetzwerk, you can use your knowledge and experience to help refugees gain new perspectives and enjoy a richer life in Swiss society. Together with a person from a refugee background, you can practice German over a coffee or during a walk, pursue a hobby or complete math homework together.
Of course, there are other areas that you can choose, or you can suggest your own.
At fokusnetzwerk you can work with a refugee for six months on an area that suits your strengths and interests.

Idea generators: Yilian


  • Six months, hours by agreement (e.g., one hour weekly or bi-weekly)


  • To be agreed.
  • First meeting with fokusnetzwerk will take place in Schlieren or a separate location to be determined.

How it will work:

  • After an initial getting to know each other appointment, you will engage in regular, individual exchanges with your mentee.
  • These can be meet-ups, phone calls or video calls, ideally every one or two weeks.


  • There will be a detailed initial discussion and introduction.


  • Regular information, further training opportunities and group sessions are provided to support your volunteer work.
  • There is also a group chat on Facebook and WhatsApp.


  • You will support a refugee through a one-to-one mentoring.
  • You can choose which area(s) to focus on: looking for work, networking, lessons or tutoring, finding accommodation, reading and writing letters, contacting authorities, cooking together, engaging in sport/cultural activities, integrating into life in Switzerland, etc.

What you'll need:

  • You live in the canton of Zurich and are able to meet regularly in Zurich city and surrounding areas.
  • You can communicate well in German.



Project language

German, French, English

Our project partner:
prointegration - fokusnetzwerk

fokusnetzwerk is a project developed by prointegration, a non-profit association that has been advising and assisting people with integration and career-related questions and concerns since 2017.
fokusnetzwerk provides a platform that connects refugees and local volunteer mentors by region based on shared interests and topics.