We want to support refugees in their arrival in Germany and bring them together with locals. They support the refugees in their daily lives with their experience and commitment. In addition to the desire for support, the focus is on exchange. We wish for a mutual learning from each other. Ideally, a friendship will develop, but in any case connections that create networks and make it easier for refugees to get started in Germany.
Start with a Friend provides exciting encounters and enriching experiences. We meet each participant personally and bring you into contact with each other according to your interests, professional background and needs. As different as people are, as different are the tandem relationships. For some, it is more about the local helping the refugee with questions in everyday life, e.g. finding a place to live or getting a job. Others mainly want to get to know nice people in Germany. Everyone should plan about two hours a week for their tandem, but the time allocation is flexible. In addition, you can become part of a colorful and active community with many nice events.
What you do with your tandem partner, when and where you meet, is up to you, or happens in consultation with your tandem partner. Start with a Friend arranges exciting encounters and enriching experiences. We meet each participant personally and bring you into contact with each other according to your interests, professional background and needs.
It would be great if you had 2 hours a week for your activities as a tandem partner. You can arrange your time freely (it will take place according to your agreement with your mentee.)
Start with a Friend connects immigrants and locals in tandems based on interests and needs. Ideally, a friendship develops out of this, but in any case, a social network is created that makes it easier for immigrants to have a good start in Germany. Start with a Friend accompanies and advises the tandems after the matching and organises events to bring the tandems into contact with each other. It is also important to us to create structures in which people can get involved, even if they are tied up in their work and family life. The time schedule is therefore flexible; further training courses are offered but are optional. So far, Start with a Friend is available in 21 cities nationwide.More about the organisation