We are Start with a Friend from Hanover. SwaF is a nationwide organization that since 2015 brings together people who rarely find each other in everyday life. We create personal encounters between people with and without immigration history. Our vision is a society that lives its diversity. All people feel comfortable and co-design on an equal footing. And you can be a part of it!
You live in Hannover? You want to meet new people and strengthen the togetherness?
Here you have the opportunity :)
Take a 1:1 tandem friendship with a person with immigration history. The focus here is on the friendly relationship. You meet each other at eye level and do what friends do. Do whatever you feel like, get to know the city together and of course come to our SwaF community events <3 Of course you can support each other as needed. Be it to help with the arrival or to learn the language better together
We want you as a local to be open-minded, tolerant and a bit patient. Getting to know new people is incredibly enriching, but sometimes also a challenge. It is very helpful to be open to a change of perspective.
You are welcome to register with us via the online portal under Join as a Local or contact us here via vostel.de
We will then invite you in the next step to the Info Evening, where we will introduce SwaF Hannover once again in person. If you like it, we conduct a small interview with you. There you can tell about yourself and how you imagine a tandem friendship. And we will find a suitable tandem partner for you!
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