We receive many questions about how you can help people in Turkey & Syria. On our blog we collect current support opportunities.

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 30298 volunteers with 1489 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.

We're supporting non-profits Germany-wide, including Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, 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 (she/her)

    Stephanie Frost (she/her)

    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 (she/her)

    Hanna Lutz (she/her)

    Co-Founder | Strategy

    Hanna is one of the co-founders and focuses on strategy & organisational development.

  • Kerstin Weber-Thum (she/her)

    Kerstin Weber-Thum (she/her)

    Office Manager

    Kerstin supports the team with all organizational and administrative tasks.

  • Moritz Höppner (he/his)

    Moritz Höppner (he/his)

    Web- & Product Development

    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.

  • Jan Ostendorf (he/his)

    Jan Ostendorf (he/his)

    Web- & Product Development

    Jan is tirelessly developing vostel's web application. Whether in the frontend or backend - Ruby, CSS and JavaScript are his world.

  • Björn Weinbrenner (he/his)

    Björn Weinbrenner (he/his)

    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.

  • Elisa Haubert (she/her)

    Elisa Haubert (she/her)

    User Interface & Corporate Design

    Elisa is the personal make-up artist of vostel.de and therefore responsible for the visual representation of the user interface. In addition, she is taking care of everything graphic related.

  • Rebekka Hesse (she/her)

    Rebekka Hesse (she/her)

    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.

  • Linda Gebauer (she/her)

    Linda Gebauer (she/her)

    Partner & Volunteer Management

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

  • Merle Stallmeister (she/her)

    Merle Stallmeister (she/her)

    Partner & Volunteer Management

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

  • Rebecca Brumma (she/her)

    Rebecca Brumma (she/her)

    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.



    Corporate Volunteering & Partner Relations

    Janina is the contact person for companies in the area of corporate volunteering. She curates the selection of projects on the company's own engagement platforms and accompanies teamevents from planning to follow-up.

  • Saron Woldegebriel (she/her)

    Saron Woldegebriel (she/her)

    Corporate Volunteering

    Saron supports the organization and implementation of our Social Days and is the contact person for our corporate volunteers.

  • Katharina Kaup (she/her)

    Katharina Kaup (she/her)

    Corporate Volunteering

    Katharina supports the organization and implementation of our Social Days and is the contact person for our corporate volunteers.

  • Mary Chen (She/Her)

    Mary Chen (She/Her)

    Project Assistance Corporate Volunteering

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

  • Janine Rehn (she/her)

    Janine Rehn (she/her)

    Social Media & Content Management

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

  • Sebastian Prassek (he/his)

    Sebastian Prassek (he/his)

    Marketing & Communication

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

  • Zoe Campbell (She/Her)

    Zoe Campbell (She/Her)

    Marketing & Communications

    Zoe supports our Coms team in conceptualizing and creating content for social media and the blog.

  • Jessica Heermann (she/her)

    Jessica Heermann (she/her)

    Marketing & Communications

    Jessica supports our Coms team with SEO optimization and the conception and design of our social media posts.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

We're happy to give you information and advice.

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