About vostel.de

Who we are

We are a small, Berlin-based social enterprise with a big dream: We envision a world where everyone contributes to a better, more sustainable future according to their abilities and regardless of how much time they have, what language they speak or what skills they bring with them. This is why we offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities at various non-profit organisations on vostel.de. We provide concrete possibilities for individuals, especially for the younger generation, to become socially engaged and help create a better world.

Since our founding in 2015, we have been able to match 16951 volunteers with 960 social organisations through vostel.de.

In addition to recruiting volunteers and advising non-profit organisations on all aspects of their volunteer management, we help companies plan and implement rewarding corporate volunteering activities.

At present, we're supporting non-profits in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, in the region of Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg , Stuttgart and Wiesbaden. In addition, we cooperate with organisations from all over Germany that are looking specifically for volunteers that support them online/ remotely.

Our target group

Our youngest vostel volunteer is 16, the oldest vostel volunteer 86 years old. We think this is great - because we want to make it possible for everyone to commit themselves to a better and more sustainable future! For this reason, many of our committed volunteers are also so-called newcomers (e.g. expats or people from a refugee background), which is why we attach great importance to also offering volunteering opportunities for people with no or little knowledge of the German language.

In addition to collaborating with large charities, we place particular emphasis on assisting small and little known organisations and initiatives in their search for volunteers and help them promote themselves on vostel.de.

Our core activities

Our core task is to match those willing to help with those who need it and to advise non-profit organisations on effective volunteer management. In addition, we regularly hold workshops on various topics such as volunteer management, digital volunteering, on how to address and gain young volunteers as well as on how to build up meaningful corporate cooperations.

Also, we help businesses to plan and implement rewarding Corporate Volunteering activities.

Our business model

vostel.de funds itself by organising and carrying out Corporate Volunteering activities (individual or group activities, pro bono work, fundraising campaigns), by advising companies on setting up and implementing CV programmes and through lecturing and teaching activities.

Our team

  • Stephanie Frost

    Stephanie Frost

    Managing Director | Director Corporate Volunteering & Cooperations

    As a managing director and co-founder, Stephanie is in charge of all matters related to Cooperations & Corporate Volunteering.

  • Hanna Lutz

    Hanna Lutz

    Co-Founder

    Hanna is one of the co-founders.

  • Björn Weinbrenner

    Björn Weinbrenner

    Web- & Product Development

    Björn translates the vostel concept into programming language and works meticulously and creatively on new technical solutions to implement the vision of vostel.

  • Moritz Höppner

    Moritz Höppner

    Web- & Produktentwicklung

    Moritz works on our web application and puts our vision into code. Ruby on Rails, automated tests, CI servers and deployment - words that are part of his daily vocabulary.

  • Rebekka Hesse

    Rebekka Hesse

    Head of Partner- & Volunteer Management

    Rebekka leads the area of partner & volunteer management, advises and coaches our partner NPOs and (re-)presents our topics at (political) expert events.

  • Cara Dietrich

    Cara Dietrich

    Partner & Volunteer Management

    Cara is responsible for our NPO partner network and takes care of our volunteers.

  • Rebecca Brumma

    Rebecca Brumma

    Project Manager | Corporate Volunteering

    Rebecca supports our partner companies, designs innovative formats for corporate volunteering and is responsible for the planning and organisation of our corporate volunteering events.

  • Max Lehn

    Max Lehn

    Project Assistance Corporate Volunteering

    Max supports the organisation and implementation of our Social Days and takes care of our corporate volunteers.

  • Freya Mahlstedt

    Freya Mahlstedt

    Project Assistance Corporate Volunteering

    Freya supports the organisation and implementation of our Social Days and takes care of our corporate volunteers.

  • Marie Kühl

    Marie Kühl

    Event Assistance Corporate Volunteering

    Marie brings a great dose of creativity to our Social Days and - with a keen sense of team dynamics - ensures colourful events with impact.

  • Janine Rehn

    Janine Rehn

    Social Media & Content Management

    Janine is Queen of Social Media and fills our various channels with content.

  • Sebastian Prassek

    Sebastian Prassek

    Marketing & Communication

    Sebastian is responsible for PR and collaborations, manages the blog and helps with the design of our website.

  • Elisa Haubert

    Elisa Haubert

    User Interface

    Elisa is the personal make-up artist of vostel.de and therefore responsible for the visual representation of the user interface.

  • Christina Wieling

    Christina Wieling

    Translator

    Tina makes sure that vostel.de also appears in beautiful English.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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You got questions about our work, volunteering opportunities or you just wanna say Hi? We'll be happy to receive your message!