Expats’ Guide for Volunteering with Refugees in Berlin
Do you call Berlin your home? Are you passionate about helping refugees in this city? Here’s the perfect guide to steer you in the right direction!
Berlin - a magnetic city with a fascinating history and an intriguing present is home to thousands of immigrants and refugees, hailing from different corners of the world. Some make their way into this extraordinary place in search of promising opportunities, others in a hope to find a safe sanctuary - fleeing war, terror and persecution.
Refugees need us! Leaving one’s country, people and culture behind, often abruptly and reluctantly, to venture into an unfamiliar society, could be quite challenging and distressing.
Since the refugee influx in 2015, many organizations in Berlin have been working relentlessly to help the newcomers in inspiring ways. If you like the thought of joining hands with these remarkable organizations, then check out volunteer opportunities on GoVolunteer.com.
There are opportunities for everyone
Despite your eagerness to support the newcomers, are you still hesitant to explore the possibilities? Don’t be discouraged, there are thousands of prospects available in this city for talented people like you - regardless of how long you have been here or what language you speak.
Where can you volunteer?
Migration Matters and its great team are always looking for volunteers to help them empower the public to have more nuanced and evidence-based conversations about migration - through their short, yet powerful videos on migration and refugees. It certainly sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Go ahead and check out their volunteering opportunities in filmmaking, editing, and communications, or just apply to help out in one way or another.
The HumanTech Innovation Lab (HTiL) is a digital humanitarian initiative working from the heart of Berlin. HTiL makes brilliant use of technology to benefit millions of people who have been displaced due to war and other formidable circumstances. HTiL’s goal is to provide an online forum for vulnerable people to find the right answers, support services and solutions to their problems. So, whether you are a researcher, who loves to investigate relevant topics, or a writer who likes to paint compelling pictures with your words, or a gifted media person, or simply someone willing to commit your time and skills to a worthy cause, HTiL is definitely the right place for you.
ConAction, on the other hand, has interesting opportunities for those who would like to get involved in solidifying the refugee-volunteer community in Europe. Together with other ConAction volunteers, you can exchange ideas and develop mutual strategies to help refugees in Greece, Turkey, and Germany.
Speak is a remarkable organization that helps to connect migrants, refugees and locals living in the same city through their language and culture exchange program, along with and a variety of other fun events. So, if you support diversity and would like to spend a few hours every week teaching English to the newcomers, or you just like the idea of getting to know people from diverse backgrounds, then contact them asap!
Giving Something Back to Berlin is a well-known organization that is constantly hosting or co-hosting different events for newcomers with other non-profits in Berlin. Their events vary from cooking classes to yoga sessions, from dance tuition to teaching web-development and many more. So, if you would be up for exploring a new hobby, or learning a new skill while interacting with people from different parts of the world, then look no further and check out their opportunities here.
Are you looking for something unconventional? Do you have some awesome skills that you would like to share with others? If you do, then please check out the skill-sharing platform Bazaar. It is a very cool way to help and empower the newcomers in Berlin.
These are just a handful of opportunities, the possibilities are simply limitless. Click here for more “Escape and Migration” opportunities.
You have a burning desire to help the newcomers, but unsure about which project to pursue? How about joining GoVolunteer? We are constantly looking for awesome and driven people like you – people who still care for humanity and share our pro-immigration sentiments. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us asap, and start helping where it’s needed!
About the Author
Chandani López Peralta is an active member at GoVolunteer. 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.
Ethnic diversity, cultural diversity, or birthplace diversity… Whatever you call it, diversity still remains a diffuse and somewhat perplexing idea. The topic has thus become an ideological battle ground.
Our new program "Active Newcomers" has started. We help refugees to integrate faster and to establish connections by helping other newcomers to get socially involved.