ASAP – students tutoring refugees in Tampere

ASAP – students tutoring refugees in Tampere

ASAP is a cooperation project of the Student Union of University of Tampere Tamy and the Student Union of Tampere University of Technology TTYY. The aim of the project is to familiarise asylum seekers and university students with each other and with each other’s cultures. Asylum seekers are not in the realm of, for example, municipal integration services, but the student unions still consider it important to familiarise them with the Finnish society. Currently, there are nearly 2,000 asylum seekers living in Pirkanmaa. Most of them are young, and therefore students are a suitable group to be their first Finnish contacts.

See the most current news, the project schedule and the possibilities for participation from the project’s Facebook page.

It is possible to attain a course unit for participating in ASAP tutoring in every faculty of the University of Tampere. For more information on completing the course unit, please contact the head of study affairs in your own faculty.

Voluntary work 1-3 ECTS

Learning outcomes

After completing the voluntary work course, the student is capable of

  • using the know-how learned in voluntary work in their job
  • describing and estimating one’s own strengths as well as areas that still need to be developed when one is active in a working environment


Voluntary work accepted in this course is such work in one’s own field that supports the accumulation of knowledge in the degree programme. For example, voluntary work can be participation in activities organised by a municipality or an association, such as participation in homework clubs for multilingual children or children with immigrant backgrounds, or activities that are aimed at helping immigrants integrate into society.

The student seeks voluntary work opportunities on their own. Before starting the work, the student must make an agreement on the voluntary work with the head of study affairs of the faculty and the party providing the voluntary work opportunity.

Required study attainments

Target groups

  • the degree programme’s own students

Participation in voluntary work: a project / practical work

Written report: an essay

The free-form report should be 2-4 pages in length and include the following information:
– A description of the place where the voluntary work was undertaken, work tasks, the duration of the voluntary working agreement and the time spent on the tasks within that period.
– How the student’s studies are associated with the voluntary work and how the work fits in with the study attainments the student has previously completed.
– The student’s own professional and career plans and how they are connected to the voluntary work.
– The student’s success in reaching the learning outcomes: How well did you succeed? What areas do you still need to develop? How would you reflect upon your learning in the voluntary work environment?



Person in charge

Head of study services of the faculty

More information on the voluntary work course unit

If the voluntary work course unit is undertaken in a multicultural context, it can be incorporated in the internationalisation module of the degree programme

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