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Help A Former Refugee Learn How To Drive!

Immigration New Zealand is looking for volunteers to help former refugees learn how to drive. I thought it was such a cool oppertunity that I just had to share it!

 From their website

Volunteers are needed to help mentor former refugee learner drivers. You'll be given training and use of a dual controlled car, and have the chance to make a real difference in their new life in New Zealand.

The former refugees that New Zealand welcomes each year from countries stricken by war and poverty face a huge task in starting their lives afresh.

People who don't drive in New Zealand have extra challenges simply getting around - getting to job interviews, appointments, or even the shops.

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The Open Road Programme

Open Road helps refugees learn to drive and get to the stage where they can pass their restricted driver's licence. That can be a huge step in settling into their new communities and functioning independently.

Over 12-16 weeks, learners have a number of lessons from a qualified driving instructor then sit a mock test.

The programme is a co-funded initiative by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, and is based on NZTA's Community Driver Mentor Programme.

When I was told that I was part of this project I was very happy. I need a licence to get a job. I have applied for many jobs but they always ask if I have a car or a licence. Now I can say 'Yes! I have a licence.

Abdirahim, Somalia


Share your skill: become a mentor

Volunteer mentors are vital to the Open Road programme and more are needed in 2017. Please consider giving a little of your time and helping new arrivals in this very practical way. You'll broaden your horizons getting to know someone with a totally different background and history.

To become a mentor you need:

- A full and clean driving license
- At least two years' driving experience, driving regularly
- Time to commit to 2-3 hours mentoring each week over the 12-16 week training period.
- You'll receive training from a professional driving instructor and be supported by an Open Road coordinator right through the process.

If you want to volunteer, you can find out more information here

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