Are you currently living in Berlin and are looking to contribute your time and skills to a good cause? Is the language barrier holding you back?

Well, it shouldn’t because we at GoVolunteer believe that anyone who desires to give back to the community should have the full liberty to do so. Language should not be a hurdle in your endeavour to make a positive impact in the community, especially in Berlin, which is also known as the city of freedom. Now you can volunteer in berlin as a non-German speaker.

What do you need to start volunteering?

To volunteer in Berlin, all you really need is a desire to learn new skills, an enthusiasm to make a positive social change, a sense of compassion and a big smile on your face.

There are hundreds of organizations in this city looking for awesome people like you – people who can speak and work in English. But don’t you worry if you do not speak English at a mother tongue level, as long as you can communicate, that’s all that’s needed.

Where can you volunteer?

Are you unsure about where to begin? We have put together a database to help you steer in the right direction. Take advantage of our filters to find a suitable volunteer opportunity based on your passion, availability, location, or your preferred language. Below, we have listed some popular categories that offer plenty of opportunities for English speaking Berliners.

Volunteer in Arts & Culture

HANGAR1 is a great meeting space in the Tempelhofer Feld, central Berlin,  for anyone and everyone who wants to improve civil engagement and cultural and social encounters. They are looking for volunteers to keep the Café running , to expand their creative offers and to help empower young people to get involved in the space. If you are looking for a way to improve the leisure activities in the beautiful Tempelhofer Feld, be sure to get in touch with HANGAR1.

No matter if you want to teach or learn playing music, you definitely have to check out the project Open Music by Give Something Back To Berlin e.V. From weekly music tuition in guitar or DJing, Meet-Ups for Musicians, Band Support or Workshops, their offers seem endless. They are always looking for new friendly and passionate teachers, who don’t have to be an expert. Or just come along as a student!

More english speaking “volunteer for arts & culture” opportunities in Berlin

Volunteer for Migration & Refugee Projects

Imagine Foundation provides opportunities to talented people from all around the world who dare to dream big and are willing to cross borders to find employment in Europe. Imagine supports these aspiring talents to connect to the potential employers or recruiters with the help of digital technology and in-depth coaching. If you like the idea of contributing to a significant movement of defying boundaries for talent and employment acquisition, then Imagine Foundation is definitely the right place for you. Get in touch with them to explore volunteer opportunities in diverse fields.

Conflict Food is a noteworthy company that engages in fair and direct trade with small-scale farmers in conflict-ridden regions around the world. This benevolent collaboration tackles the root of the economic problems in these regions by opening up new jobs and new markets to the farmers and the community at large. What’s more? With each product sold in the European market, Conflict Food supports an educational project in the country of origin. Sounds like a great place to volunteer, doesn’t it? Contact them today to become a part of this terrific program.

More english speaking “volunteer for migration & refugees” opportunities in Berlin

Volunteer for Women

The ReDI Digital Women Program aims at empowering women. By improving their technical skills and helping them integrate into the German job market they further their cause. And they need teachers: Are you a woman? Do you speak German and/or English? Would you like to help empower other women? Then become a volunteer teacher in e.g. Basic Computer Skills, Coding Fundamentals, Basic Cybersafety, Graphic Design Fundamentals and more.

DISCOVER FOOTBALL is a Berlin-based organization that uses football to connect and empower women in the male-dominated football sphere. They challenge stereotypes and traditional gender roles by bringing women from all kinds of backgrounds together. Support their important missions by organising big public events, no matter if you are experienced or not.

More english speaking “volunteer for women” opportunities in Berlin

Volunteer for Children

Bring psychology into classrooms with dare2care. This foundation empowers young people in their personality development. They support younger generations in recognising their social responsibility, autonomy and empathy. Through workshops at schools about social responsibility and mental health they bring these topics closer. As a volunteer, you could help with PR and Communications, Social Media or building cooperations with educational institutions. The more experienced with psychology you are, e.g. as a student of psychotherapist, the more you can help with conducting the workshops.

UNICEF, on the other hand, is a global organization that works for disadvantaged children worldwide. A volunteering opportunity with UNICEF takes you far beyond just providing assistance to the children in need. They provide an excellent forum to expand your personal network and learn a great deal of new soft and hard skills. UNICEF often provides volunteering opportunities in multiple fields – so choose a project that aligns with your values and taps into your passion, and start making a positive impact!

More english speaking “volunteer for children” opportunities in Berlin

Join GoVolunteer

Or, how about joining GoVolunteer – a fun and growing family in the heart of Berlin? Our goal is to give every person a chance to shape our society and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of newcomers through impactful projects and fun activities. We are always open to welcoming motivated volunteers like you. So roll up your sleeves, get in touch with us, and start volunteering today!

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About the author:

Chandani López Peralta is an active volunteer at GoV. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University and a Bachelor’s in Communications/PR from Minnesota State University, USA. Equipped with over three years of professional experience in the US and Nepal, her expertise lies in rural development, migration & displacement, cultures of exile, marketing and content management.