CORE Launches a Cultural Orientation Activity Bank

A cultural orientation provider teaching a class of refugees. IRC/AOberstadt

Finding activities to keep participants engaged during Cultural Orientation sessions can be time-consuming, but they are essential for adult learners. To aid staff in delivering interactive Cultural Orientation sessions, CORE has created an Activity Bank where Cultural Orientation providers can explore activities, lesson plans, and additional resources on a variety of Cultural Orientation topics. You can use […]

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New COVID-19 Resources: Video in Karen Now Available

Thanks to IOM, a Karen language version of CORE’s animated video Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Protect Yourself and Stop the Spread of the Virus is now available. The video, intended for refugees with limited literacy, is helpful in informing refugees about the main symptoms of the disease, prevention tips, and steps to take if they […]

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Addressing Social Unrest, U.S. Laws, Diversity and Tolerance in Cultural Orientation Delivery

The death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the protest response, and the resulting social unrest may impact refugees in the United States in different ways. In light of the current events across the United States, CORE is reviewing our available resources and compiling external materials relevant to refugees and Cultural Orientation providers. CORE is working […]

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Better Together: Overseas and Domestic Trainers Share Their Takeaways from February Exchange

Although they are connected by the refugees they serve, overseas and domestic Cultural Orientation providers do not usually have regular contact during their workdays. This changed last month, when CORE facilitated an annual exchange, bridging the divide between those serving refugees both pre-departure and post-arrival to the United States.  Seventy-one overseas and domestic Cultural Orientation trainers gathered in two U.S. cities in February to share knowledge and […]

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CORE Offers “Delivering Interactive One-on-One Cultural Orientation” Virtual Practicum This Month

The second virtual practicum, “Delivering Interactive One-on-One Cultural Orientation,” started this month with 75 participants. The practicum is a four-week interactive instructor-led online course designed for domestic resettlement staff delivering Cultural Orientation. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance the delivery of their organization’s one-on-one Cultural Orientation, improve refugees’ learning experiences, and exchange knowledge with other staff in the field.  Didn’t get a spot […]

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Now in Spanish: CORE’s Animated Video and Podcast Series

CORE’s four animated videos and the corresponding podcasts are now available in Spanish on CORE’s YouTube Channel.  You can find all four in a YouTube playlist and a SoundCloud playlist, or go directly to each below:  Avoid and Report Fraud: Video and Podcast  Safe Space for Refugees: Video and Podcast  United States Refugees Admissions Program: Video  and Podcast  Reception and Placement Program Overview: Video and Podcast  […]

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Settle In App Improves User Experience, Design

The latest version of CORE’s Settle In app, released last month, aims to enhance the user experience and also includes exciting new features.   Updates to Settle In include the following:  New Instructor Mode: Cultural Orientation providers should go to the Settings tab and turn on the new Instructor Mode. This will turn off push notifications so providers don’t receive the same encouragement to finish lessons. This […]

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CORE Hosts Annual Cultural Orientation Leadership Meeting

During the first week of December, CORE hosted the 2019 Cultural Orientation Leadership Meeting for overseas Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Cultural Orientation coordinators and domestic Resettlement Agency (RA) Cultural Orientation focal points. The meeting focused on strengthening linkages across the Cultural Orientation continuum and provided an opportunity to exchange knowledge, information, and expertise for the […]

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Settle In Update: Community Services Chapter Now Available

A group of women pose for a photo in their workshop during a local community event

CORE’s Settle In app now includes a Community Services chapter for use by and with refugees.  The chapter covers government assistance, other types of assistance, and getting involved in your community. Settle In is an in-your-pocket travel companion that provides relevant just-in-time Cultural Orientation information and invites refugees to interact with a variety of learning […]

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