Voluntary work in social projects can be a very fulfilling job and offers the opportunity to learn new social and interpersonal skills. Volunteering abroad brings you the benefits of interacting with different cultures and learning skills, which you might need later in your job. Also, helping others has a positive impact on your motivation and energy!

So, are you one of the many expats looking for volunteering opportunities in Hamburg, but as a non-German speaker you are not sure where to start or which NGOs would need your help? This is where we at GoVolunteer will help you find inspiring social projects! Among German (also for beginner level), these projects have many different working languages, including English, Arabic, Persian, Spanish and French.

1) Volunteer work with Refugees 

Music can be a very good way to bring people together and especially Hip Hop and Rap go beyond language barriers. Rap for Refugees is a social project with the goal of integrating and strengthening young people through music. There are workshops (Rap, Beatbox, Graffiti) for integration, as well as multiple charity events in various cities in Germany, but primarily in Hamburg. This way Rap for Refugees supports the integration of young refugees and helps them find a basis in their social life and in the new city. But most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to deal with their experiences through art and music. Among the regular workshops in the field of Rap, Graffiti, beatboxing and producing, there are many new exciting projects in the planning – for example a cause only for women and girls, as well as day projects in schools.

2) Volunteering with disabled people

Many people still don’t know how to correctly interact with disabled people and this is where you can be part of a change! ZuFlucht Lebenshilfe offers multi-level training for volunteers on how to approach disability in a sensitive and intercultural way. They will also assistance in recognising disability and offer opportunities for initiating assistance and support measures for refugees with disabilities. Also in these projects the spoken languages are English and German and any help is welcome! So, if you’re a non-German expat and interested in this topic, you can call the organisation directly or visit their office in Altona.

3) Volunteering with children

If you’re more interested in volunteering with children and families and are not afraid to handle difficult topics, you should check out Children for Tomorrow. This non-profit foundation aims to support children and families, who have been victims of war, persecution and organised violence. The foundation cooperates with hospitals and kindergartens in order to use the funds to finance child psychologists and specialists on site, as well as to purchase necessary materials in childcare facilities. In this project the spoken languages are German, English, Arabic, French and Persian. So if you’re interested in helping and providing for less fortunate families, you should definitely help Children for Tomorrow.

Couldn’t find the perfect project for you? On GoVolunteer.com/Hamburg you’ll find many more!

Julia Autorinbox

Über die Autorin:

Julia ist Praktikantin im Communications Team bei GoVolunteer und schreibt über gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen auf unserem Blog. Die gebürtige Finnin hat in Göttingen Politikwissenschaft studiert und liebt gute Filme und leckeres Essen.