Case Studies



Giulia Di Carlo is a cultural mediator, sociologist and expert on migration. During this interview, you will discover the reality of reception centres in Palermo and the type of relationship between youth worker and migrants.

Lucia Pepe is a mediator in a SPRAR located in Palermo. Lucia will provide advise to youth worker that want to  be engaged with migrants.


Dr. Maria Pisani holds a BA and MA in Youth & Community Studies, and a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Malta. She previously held the post of Head of Office (Malta) for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). During this time she was responsible for a number of key projects related to refugee resettlement, AVR, and human trafficking, amongst others.

Maria is also a practitioner and an activist, and the co-founder and director of the NGO Integra Foundation. Her ongoing involvement in the field provides an opportunity to keep the dialectic relationship between theory and practice alive, providing the space for critical knowledge production towards social transformation.

Ms Danielle Van Rooyen has been in the teaching profession for over 8 years, spending three of them in South Africa, then in Cambodia and another year at a school in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2015, she was considering a change and she was offered a teaching job in Malta. She works in the Verdala International School (VIS) and she is responsible for the Creativity Activity Service (CAS) programme.
Within the CAS programme, she has started collaborating with “Peace Lab”, a voluntary organisation that offers, among other services, shelter for adult migrants and refugees. Once a week, the students organize a meal with people living there, sharing traditional food from different parts of the world.