To participate in these courses you need to have Estonian living permit. Learn more about the programme in here.

The international protection module

The module on international protection is aimed at people who have been granted international protection in Estonia (refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection). The aim of the training is to contribute to the successful adaptation of people who have been granted international protection in Estonia by providing a better knowledge of the functioning of the state and society, daily life, cultural and working environment, and many other topics.

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The training addresses important topics that people who have been granted international protection in Estonia need to know to start their lives in Estonia.

The training will focus on:

  • the Estonian society, including norms and customs, and cultural adaptation;
  • the rights and obligations of the beneficiary of international protection (including the conditions for granting and renewing a residence permit and obligations relating to their stay in Estonia);
  • education – access to education and opportunities for continuing education;
  • work culture and working in Estonia;
  • financial literacy;
  • place of residence and rules of the society;
  • family life and possible changes in family roles;
  • social and support services.

A participant who has completed the international protection module:

  • has acquired knowledge of how to start their life in Estonia and what the first important steps for them are;
  • has received correct information in a language they understand from experienced trainers;
  • has received solutions to their individual questions and knows where and how to find additional information;
  • has gained an overview of their rights and obligations in Estonia;
  • knows how the Estonian education system works and how they or their children can acquire education in Estonia;
  • knows how to find a job and what to take into account;
  • has got an overview of living quarters in Estonia and knows the rules of apartment buildings;
  • is informed about the social support available to them in Estonia if necessary.

The training days are structured in accordance with the needs and interests of the participants. The training is practical and based on communication between the participants. Various activities, group work, and experience-based discussions form an important part. The training gives the participants the opportunity to ask questions and discuss possible solutions with the trainer. The focus of the training is on supporting adaptation, providing important information to participants, and developing a support network to support adaptation. The training is provided by trainers, many of whom have experience of adaptation in Estonia and who understand the situation of the participants.

Participants will receive training materials (in English, Russian, or Arabic) that cover all topics covered in the training and answer many of the questions that people in Estonia who have received international protection may have. The training material contains the necessary references and contacts for more information.

English material

Russian material

Arabic material

The trainings are held in English, Russian, Turkish and Arabic. The duration of the training is 5 days (about 8 hours a day), which includes breaks and is divided between different blocks.

The participants will be offered meals (lunch) on the training days. Where necessary, transport costs will be covered and accommodation will also be provided. Children from the age of 11 are also welcome to attend the training. Training activities specifically aimed at children and/or childcare are offered.

On a demand basis, one-day trainings in other languages are provided, subject to the presence of a sufficient target group.

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