Making Your Way: A Reception and Placement Orientation Curriculum

Dani M. Abrams

Published by Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center


This comprehensive curriculum is designed to equip refugee service providers with an effective and efficient approach to orientation. Orientation is part of a package of mandated core resettlement services provided for newly arrived refugees during the Reception and Placement (R&P) period, a refugeeā€™s first 30 to 90 days in the United States.

Making Your Way provides domestic trainers with tools and techniques to help refugees develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need during the R&P orientation period. Making Your Way is divided into 13 units, beginning with a needs assessment and concluding with a wrap-up. In between, it addresses 11 key topics of orientation provided to adult refugees during the R&P period. Each unit begins with a unit overview for the trainer, followed by activity plans. The activity plans, which form the core of the curriculum, are designed to be flexible, accommodating different program capacities, preferences, and needs.

This resource is designed to be a culturally and educationally appropriate model for orientation that can be used in a variety of settings. It can be used by case managers working with an individual refugee or refugee family or by staff working with refugees in a group, workshop, or classroom setting. While this curriculum was written for R&P orientation providers at resettlement agencies, it would also be useful to other service providers, such as staff at community-based organizations (CBOs), volunteers, English language teachers and anyone working with refugees and immigrants. 2014 761 pages

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The full curriculum can be downloaded at the Cultural Orientation Resource Center website.

Making Your Way was developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and housed at the Center for Applied Linguistics.