“Re: Sport for Refugees” project, which is dedicated to organising sports events for young individuals with refugee and immigrant backgrounds, recently experienced another stride forward as the Mundus Bulgaria team immersed themselves in an internal training session. The primary focus of this training was to deepen the team’s understanding of the project’s target group and explore methodologies for designing activities tailored to the needs of young people from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.
One of the key methodologies introduced during the training was the “Comfort-Learning-Panic Zone” model. This framework recognizes three distinct zones that individuals might traverse when engaging in learning activities. The comfort zone represents familiar and known territory, the learning zone involves stretching beyond one’s comfort level to acquire new skills, and the panic zone emerges when challenges become overwhelming. Understanding and navigating these zones is crucial for tailoring activities that strike the right balance between familiarity and challenge, ensuring an optimal learning experience for participants. Here is the video presented in the training.
Another valuable methodology covered in the training was applying “PEST analysis.” PEST stands for Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors, and this analysis aids in assessing the external macro-environmental factors that could impact the stay or passage of refugees in a host country. Applied to the context of the “Sport for Refugees” project, a PEST analysis allowed the Mundus Bulgaria team to systematically evaluate the political, economic, social, and technological aspects that may influence the success and sustainability of the upcoming sports events for young refugees and immigrants. By incorporating these methodologies into their approach, the Mundus Bulgaria team not only enriched their understanding of the target group but also enhanced their capacity to design impactful and culturally sensitive activities that fostered inclusion and well-being.