Start with a Friend e.V. (SwaF) is a non-profit association with 23 project locations nationwide. Our vision is a society that lives its diversity. To achieve this, we create personal encounters between people with and without an immigration history. Through exchange and joint commitment, we strengthen people, social cohesion and democracy.
You want to work for a society that excludes no one? You want to bring people together and work for openness and tolerance? Do you enjoy meeting new people and exchanging ideas? Then you are exactly right with us!
Start with a Friend arranges tandem friendships between people with and without an immigration background. It is especially important to us that we meet at eye level, so that everyone in our community feels comfortable and friendships can develop.
In order to achieve this even better, we are looking for people who want to...
... to get to know many different people
... To bring people together in tandems and to support them with questions
... Organise events for a diverse community
... To spread the word about Start with a Friend and expand our network
If this sounds exciting to you, just drop us a line and we'll tell you everything else that's important in a get-to-know-you conversation.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Otherwise, no previous experience is necessary. Our team welcomes every new team member with open arms - shape the society we want to live in.
Feel free to bring as much time as you'd like.
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