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Volunteering without German skills | 10 social projects you can get involved in right away

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According to Statista, more than 1.5 million people immigrated to Germany in 2019 – including expats (short for expatriates) from more than 181 countries around the world. The reasons that motivate them to emigrate are highly individual, as a study by InternNations shows. Many start their studies abroad, others find a new job and some are looking for more quality of life or simply a personal adventure in a new city.

Many expats also wish to become actively involved in their new community, e.g. through volunteering in a non-profit organisation, a social project in their neighbourhood or even remotely from home. However, this aspiration is often limited by language barriers since without German skills it is hard to find existing volunteering activites and get in contact with a social organisation.

At vostel.de our goal is to enable everyone to get involved in volunteering without limitation and independet of their German skill level. Therefore we describe all projects on our platform in German as well as in English and indicate which language skills are required for each project.

In fact, there are also many volunteering activities that you can support without any German language skills at all. In this blog post, we will introduce you to 10 of them and you can find many more on vostel.de.


1 I Help sorting and storing clothes and donations in a Family Center in Berlin

BERLIN | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

The family centre of Jugendwohnen im Kiez – Jugendhilfe gGmbH supports all families in their different life situations and offers meeting, education and counselling. Your task as a volunteer would be to sort donated clothes and prep them up for the shop.


2 I Create Handicrafts and paintings for people in care homes via the project “Pinselpost”

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

With the “Pinselpost” campaign, you would support the Sozialverband VdK Berlin-Brandenburg to bring variety, colour and joy into the everyday life of care facilities that are hit particularly hard by the Corona restrictions. By drawing, doing handicrafts or writing little poems for the residents you would help make them feel less lonely.


3 I Support the online marketing of the non-profit climate action network

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

Climate Connect is a young non-profit climate protection platform with the aim of networking climate protectionists worldwide and thus accelerating climate protection. As a volunteer you would help the team make the network more widely known by helping them to create exciting (online) marketing campaigns.


4 I Support the press work and public relations of a non-profit news app

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

Squirrel News (squirrel-news.net) is a new international news service app launched in summer 2020 which is free, curated/handpicked, solution-oriented and non-profit. You would support them in their press and PR work in order to increase the reach of their English edition. Of course, your ideas about how to create additional awareness are highly welcome!


5 I Program an app that helps to avoid unnecessary mailbox advertising

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

Letzte Werbung is a non-profit and independent association that works voluntarily to ensure that mailbox advertising is only permitted with the consent of the recipient – to eliminate a huge source of waste of paper, CO2 and water. Your task would be to help the team develop an app to take action against this and thus support one of their key projects.


6 I Join the Tech-Labs Management Team in Berlin

BERLIN | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

TechLabs Berlin empowers anyone to learn Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Web Development and User Experience Design for free through their pioneering Digital Shaper program. As part of the team you could take on a wide number of roles and responsibilities depending on your skills and interests – from marketing to organising the learning journey to partner management, there are a lot of possibilities. Have a look at how you would like to enrich the team.


7 I Help with the programming of a matching algorithm for volunteer tutoring services

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

Studenten bilden Schüler e. V. (SbS) is a non-profit association which organises free tutoring for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by volunteer students. With your programming skills (C++, javascript or typescript) you would help adapting an existing matching algorithm in order to create an easy matching process for the volunteer students and their pupils.


8 I Advice Reviving Home with your SEO expertise

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

Reviving Home is a digital platform that helps people from crisis-torn cities to create a network and thus gain access to capital, skilled people and other ressources that help them rebuild their city. To make the platform more widely known the SEO team is looking for support to create a comprehensive SEO strategy. If you feel this is the right challenge for you, get in contact!


9 I Support the culinary meetup organisation Babsi with your Social Media skills

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

BABSI is all about authentic culinary experiences. People eat together, regionally, vegetarian or vegan. Traditions are (re)discovered, inhibitions are reduced, sustainable behaviour patterns are developed. With your skills in Social Media marketing you could help the young committed team to increase the reach of their project to make it known to even more people.


10 I Help develop a platform to connect local change agents in conflict and war zones

REMOTE VOLUNTEERING | NO GERMAN SKILLS NEEDED

CAPOEIRA4REFUGEES.ORG is developing an online platform to connect change agents at the grassroots level and help them identify and manage projects led by the local communities. With your programming skills you would contribute to the creation of the platform and thus help strengthening the connection of local change agents in conflict and war zones.


Looking for more volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in without (or with only basic) German skills? Then simply take a look at vostel.de!


Your vostel.de team wishes you a joyful volunteering.

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