Why volunteer with refugees?

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?

Rückenwind e.V. and its great young team have made it their goal to help refugees with their daily tasks while giving them more autonomy – with bicycles! They are looking for volunteers to help them repair bikes in their workshop in the Sharehaus “Refugio”. Even if you are not experienced in repairs, you can help Rückenwind e.V. with organisational tasks and more. With BVG tickets being too expensive for many refugees, Rückenwind aims to empower them by providing them with the most environmentally friendly and healthy means of transportation. If you’d like to help them achieve their mission, make sure to check them out.

Über den Tellerrand e.V. and their initiative Building Bridges help refugees who just arrived in Berlin by bringing them together with a team of two mentors, with and without migration experience themselves. Building a new life is always tough, so let’s start by building bridges! Your tasks and mentorship are entirely up to you and your team, and should of course be based on your mentee’s needs. If you are interested, go check them out and see for yourself.

ReDI School of Digital Integration

is a non-profit digital school for Newcomers in Berlin. They offer their students free, high-quality training, the chance to join the startup and digital industry, and a physical platform to connect newcomers to locals and potential employers. With digital skills becoming more important than ever, you could help equip migrants and others with knowledge about various programming languages (English) and basic computer skills (German, Arabic, Farsi or Tigrinya). So go ahead and check out how you can make your skills someone else’s.


is a remarkable organization that helps to connect migrants, refugees and locals living in the same city. They help them connect 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, then contact them asap! Or perhaps you just like the idea of getting to know people from diverse backgrounds, then they are also a great point of contact.

Give 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, then look no further and check out their opportunities. In fact, you will also be able to or learning a new skill while interacting with people from different parts of the world.


by CHAMPIONS without BORDERS e.V. is an initiative helping refugees at becoming football coaches. So if you are an experienced football coach, or would like to help with (event) organisation, have a look at the various opportunities available and in need for your help.

These are just a handful of opportunities, the possibilities are simply limitless. Click here for more “Escape and Migration” opportunities.

Join GoVolunteer

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! For example, by volunteering with refugees in your city.

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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.