Language courses – beginning of integration efforts.

Integration in a new country is a demanding process, and a basic tool is to learn the local language. Therefore, four Jesuit works have opened language courses as part of their activities for Ukraine. About 240 Ukrainians participate in them.

Jesuit Social Centre “In Action” in Warsaw already has experience in running courses to support the integration of refugees. Learning the language is fundamental, only after one have basic language skills, one can participate in courses about CV writing, computer skills etc. In addition to the course for people from Ukraine, which is attended by 40 people, the centre also runs classes for 110 refugees from other countries. In the context of the war in Ukraine, the centre has also organised 3 support courses for volunteers: two in the field of psychology and one in the field of law.

A Polish language course is also run at Jesuit University in Kraków. Currently about 75 people take advantage of this offer. The Academy also coordinates a team of volunteers who work e.g. at the information desk at the railway station or at the humanitarian aid sorting point. The team at the Academy has also assisted in the evacuation of several groups from Ukraine to western countries, including a group of disabled children. There is also a psychological aid station on the premises of the Academy.

Another place supporting people from Ukraine is the Jesuit Education Centre in Nowy Sącz. Five groups have been organised there, in which a total of around 75 people learn the Polish language. Among the groups there is also one dedicated to children, where learning takes place through play. The school also organises art and sports activities for children and young people from Ukraine. These activities are very popular.

The language course is also run in the parish of Jastrzębia Góra by Mrs Danuta Uhryn and Wacław Oszajca SJ. It is attended by about 50 people