Participation is easy – a practical instruction
Participate as a driver
Find out where the benches are and look for potential passengers while driving. Maybe someone is waiting for a ride.
When you meet a passenger, open your door and let the trip begin. Where do you both want to go?
The easiest way to introduce yourself is with a handshake. Or maybe you already know each other from the village?
What languages do you both speak and what do you have to say? Talk about your work and your family. What do you know about the country of your passenger and what interests you about your guest? Has your passenger already made trips with a MobilitäterIn?
Once you arrive at your (or his/her) destination, the trip is over. There are no other commitments. If you know that you are driving back later, you can arrange a return trip. You know each other now!
If possible, put the sticker on your car.
Tell others about it, distribute information and stickers, and pick up more passengers. Soon you will recognize each other without the usual signs because you are now neighbors.
Participate as a passenger
Find out where the benches are located in your village and in Tyrol.
Sit on the benches and look for a MobilitäterInnen. Carry the bag or the umbrella so that it is visible. If a car has a MobilitäterInnen sticker, it is already an participating car.
A car stops and you get in. Shake hands and introduce yourself. Please bucke up your seatbelt. Tell your driver where you want to go.
What languages do you both speak and what do you have to say? Do you have questions about village life or your driver? Do you already know each other and just now see the chance to drive together for weekly shopping?
Get out at a safe place. Maybe your driver will be driving back to the village later?
Tell others about it and distribute information and stickers. Soon you will recognize each other without the usual signs or benches and you have become friends.
Participate as a community
Uncertain living conditions, uprooting and experiences during the flight are difficult to cope with. Social contacts help the refugees outside the city to find their way and to gain a sense of normality.
An increasing number of elderly people are becoming isolated and restricted due to decreasing public transport. The benches should help the new and old villagers to become and/or remain part of the community.
Is there a refugee house in your community and limited mobility and interaction for residents? Spread the word about the MobilitäterInnen. We welcome local initiatives and are happy to help with our experience. Write us with your ideas!
On the 4th of April, the network will be presented at Café Grünfelder in Oberperfuss, and the premiere of the video clips from the first days of the event in the pilot villages will show the beautiful stories and encounters in the cars and on the bus shelters.
The project founder Carmen Brucic is present with her team and is available for questions. This is a good way to talk about further "Mitfahrbänke" and an extension of the network!
Participate as a rolemodel
The MobilitäterInn is a community project designed to improve village living for all. Perhaps a villager wants to participate but is hesitant and needs to see the example of others. Role models are important, so people should talk about their experiences - in a personal conversation or on the website, for everyone to read. This can be a few words or a whole story.
Our information folder (pdf, 670 KB) briefly explains the project.