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Create and shape personal encounters between people with and without an immigration history and become part of our mediation / event or PR team

Start with a Friend e.V.

Potsdam, Brandenburg
Medium German skills
Discussed individually
Migrants & Refugees
Equal Opportunities
Mentoring, Sponsoring & Career Coaching
Organisation & Administration

About the volunteering opportunity

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 & democracy.

You want to work for a society that excludes no one? You want to bring people in contact with each other and engage yourself for openness and tolerance? Do you enjoy meeting new people and exchanging ideas? Then you've come to the right place!

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.

Your Tasks

To make this work even better, we're looking for people who want to...

... to get to know many different people

... To bring people together in tandems and support them with questions

... Organize events for a diverse community

... To further promote Start with a Friend and grow our network

You can join the team in the following areas:

The Placement Team

  • Conducts intake interviews with interested parties who would like to start a tandem
  • Organizes the info night for new locals
  • Looks together who would be a good fit for a tandem together
  • Makes contact between the tandem partners
  • Supervises the tandem and is there, if the tandems have questions

The event team

  • Organizes a community event at least once a month
  • Organizes a regulars' table once a month
  • Keeps in touch with the community and provides lots of swaf Spirit

The PR Team

  • Makes Swaf more known in your city
  • Takes care of media contributions
  • Starts collaborations
  • Organizes info booths and pitches

If this sounds exciting to you, just drop us a line and we'll tell you everything else that's important during a get-to-know-you conversation.

We look forward to meeting you!

What's needed

For this volunteering opportunity, intermediate German skills are required.

Otherwise, no previous experience is necessary. Our team welcomes every new team member with open arms - shape the society we want to live in.

Time required

Discussed individually

Feel free to bring as much time as you'd like.


Start with a Friend e.V.

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
Potsdam, Brandenburg
Medium German skills
Discussed individually
Potsdam, Brandenburg
Medium German skills
Discussed individually