Since 2016, the Malteser Integrationsdienst organises together with volunteers numerous projects to support refugees in Cologne. It is important to us that the encounter between new and old Cologne residents takes place at eye level. The active participation in our offers should also encourage the participants to lead a self-determined life. Access to language, community and work is essential for this.More about the organisation
Our contact projects are about bringing people with and without a refugee background together and creating a space for encounter. Many refugees in Cologne have little contact with locals and hardly speak any German outside the language courses. Joint activities with others are intended to break down barriers to such contact and give participants the opportunity to use their German skills in everyday life. Another goal of our contact projects is to strengthen the social participation of refugees and locals. The low-threshold offers often reveal further needs of participants and create more intensive support services.
At the moment we are organising a casual and relaxed game evening every two weeks for people with and without refugee backgrounds, which takes place mainly outside during the warm season and corona. If the necessary hygiene measures are observed, there is also the possibility to meet inside in bad weather. Games like table tennis, Mölkky, Tabu, Jenga, Backgammon and many more are on the programme. There are no limits to the ideas and suggestions for games are welcome from all participants. The aim is for the participants to have fun, enjoy themselves and make contacts.
Tasks include keeping the list of participants, guiding games and explaining the rules of the game (in understandable German), moderating the WhatsApp group, welcoming new participants and integrating them into the group.
For our project " Internationaler Spieleabend" we are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about games, have intercultural competence and are interested in exchanging ideas with others. In all our projects it is important to us that the encounter between old and new Cologne people takes place at eye level. In addition, regular engagement is important to us.
Please note: For this volunteering opportunity, you need German skills on the level „Advanced German skills“.
Your support is needed on a long-term basis.
Am I covered by accident and/or casualty insurance during the project?
For this project, we ask you to arrange an individual meeting.