Our Mandate

At U4U Volunteers, we respond to critical needs of vulnerable communities, including refugees, migrants, and people in distress by providing access to life-saving services, shelter, social and legal aid, and integration assistance. With guidance from volunteer professionals, we focus our healing, integration and well-being interventions on using universal languages such as art, music, movement, animals, natre, and sports.  

What We Do

We use transformative non-verbal communication tools and interventions to help those walking a difficult path, be it migration, displacement, fleeing abuse, facing a disability or any difficulty in ligr.  

We specialize in helping some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, including women and children refugees, victims of violence, people with special needs and/or disabilities, through innovative interventions such as art therapy, zootherapy, self-healing, nature-based therapy, sports, music and many others.  Our committed team creates a safe, supportive environment where beneficiaries can explore emotions and build coping skills, making a meaningful difference in their lives.

We strongly believe in using volunteering as a powerful tool for recovery and integration. By engaging in volunteer activities, vulnerable individuals gain a sense of belonging and self-worth, integrate more effectively into the host society, learn new languages and skills, overcome cultural barriers and adapt to social conventions.

Our CrowdCaring Network

As an international NGO, U4U extends a helping hand to people in emergencies, including those feeling conflict and disaster zones, battling an illness or harship, or facing a personal tragedy.

Registered under Swiss law (REG number 1-2MI0MX), we operate throughout Switzerland and Europe. We are an open platform of ideas, bringing together international institutions, art and cultural venues, medical facilities, science hubs and professionals from around the globe.  Among other things, we are a proud member of the Task Force led by l'Hospice General in Geneva, a partner of l’EVAM  and Bureau de l'Integration in Vaud, a participant of the Microsoft Non-Profit Hub, a member of the EU Space Agency Humanitarian Platform, and a partner of the WHO Arts & Health network.

Recognized as an international NGO by Geneve Internationale, our unique CrowdCaring method connects volunteers and beneficiaries directly, promoting decentralization and empowerment.

Our Commitment


24/7 Support: From critical first response to full integration into host societies, with a special emphasis on non-verbal therapeutic interventions.

Fostering Connections: Building direct relationships between volunteers, beneficiaries, and host societies through innovative thérapies.

Focus on Vulnerable Communities: Prioritizing women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities using our unique non-verbal therapies.

Engaging Beneficiaries: Empowering refugees as volunteers and professionals to foster community-building, resilience, and integration through therapeutic practices.

Our Focus

Neutral and Independent: We serve without political, ideological, or religious bias, ensuring help for all in need.
Decentralized Aid: Our approach promotes direct connections between volunteers and those in need, enhanced by our non-verbal therapeutic methods.

Innovative CrowdCaring:
Guardian Volunteers: Bilingual and multilingual volunteers bridge cultural and linguistic gaps between refugees and hosts, utilizing non-verbal interventions to enhance communication and support.
Active Engagement: Refugees and beneficiaries actively participate as volunteers and team members, fostering healing and integration through engagement in our therapeutic programs.

 

Our Method

Our edge lies in our pioneering non-verbal therapies, which include:

ELABORATE

We are the only NGO that uses volunteering as a core tool for integration. We believe that by engaging in volunteer activities, vulnerable people gain a sense of belonging and self-worth. Through volunteering, they integrate more effectively, learn new languages, and acquire valuable skills. This hands-on approach not only aids their personal development but also fosters community-building and mutual support. By involving refugees and other beneficiaries as volunteers, we help them build meaningful connections, develop resilience, and find their place in their new communities.

Join us in making a difference through the power of innovative therapies and the transformative impact of volunteering. If you need help, click the banner below.

 

Therapeutic Approaches

Art Therapy

Art therapy at U4U Volunteers involves using creative processes to improve mental health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. Our art therapists work closely with individuals to explore and express their thoughts and feelings through various artistic mediums.

Zootherapy

Zootherapy is a unique intervention at U4U Volunteers that involves interactions with animals to promote emotional and physical healing. Our zootherapists facilitate meaningful connections between individuals and animals to improve their well-being.

Nature-Based Therapy

Nature-based therapy at U4U Volunteers harnesses the healing power of nature to support individuals in distress. Through outdoor activities and environmental experiences, we help participants reconnect with nature and find inner peace and strength.

Join Us in Making a Difference

If you are passionate about supporting vulnerable communities and believe in the power of non-verbal interventions, consider volunteering with U4U Volunteers today.