Team Desert Sailors - Vasco da Lama

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All across the globe there’s an increasing social exclusion of migrants and refugees, who often suffer from a deeply rooted stigma based on cultural differences and ignorance. Integration solutions are often limited in scope (e.g. language courses) or assistance-based, rather than reciprocity-based, making newcomers feel as disempowered receivers. SPEAK uses a solution that destroys cultural barriers to integration using empathy, through the organic creation of language/culture sharing local communities, in which locals and migrants/refugees support and enrich each other as equals, thus developing deep human bonds and, ultimately, creating informal support networks to help newcomers feel welcomed and valued in their new country