Note: Please be aware that due to the corona pandemic, it is possible that these activities and projects are currently not happening or are happening in a different way. Therefore, you should always contact the projects to get to know what the opportunities for meeting people from Hamburg are right now.
There are many opportunities to get to know people from Hamburg. For example:
Would you like to have a mentor? Someone who has been living in Germany for a long time and can help you? Someone who you can go on trips around Hamburg with? Someone who can help you learn German, look for a flat or find a job?
There are many mentoring programs in Hamburg, such as:
- Harburg: Human@Human, Harburger Schloßstraße 14, http://human.hamburg/ .
How to find a mentor: Contact the project via email (email@example.com) or phone (+49 40 68911931)
- Hamburger mit Herz: Gemeindezentrum St. Markus, Heider Straße 1, https://www.hamburger-mit-herz.de/projekte/mentoring/
How to find a mentor: Contact Claudia Westhaus (firstname.lastname@example.org , +49 151 64866809) either via email or WhatsApp. Afterwards there will be a meeting at their office or via video call to get to know you and then they will look for a mentor for you.
- Flüchtlingshilfe Harvestehude, Heinrich-Barth-Straße 19, https://www.fluechtlingshilfe-harvestehude.de/
How to find a mentor: Contact the project via phone, WhatsApp, Telegram or email (email@example.com, + 49 177 1989061). Tell them some details about yourself (for instance, how old you are, where you are from, why you are looking for a mentor, what level of German you speak or what your hobbies are). You should already be able to speak some German (around A2 level). After a mentor for you is found, you can make an appointment with the mentor to get to know each other.
- Bergedorf: Flüchtlingshilfe Bergedorf, Serrahnstraße 1, https://www.fluechtlingshilfe-bergedorf.de/
How to find a mentor: Contact the project via email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). You will be invited to a meeting to get to know you. Afterwards, they will be looking for a mentor for you.
- Lokstedt: Herzliches Lokstedt, https://www.herzlicheslokstedt.hamburg/
How to find a mentor: Contact the project via email, phone, WhatsApp oder Facebook (firstname.lastname@example.org, + 49 151 44569336). Tell them, why (for what kind of things to do or support) you are looking for a mentor. You will be invited to a meeting to get to know you. Afterwards, they will be looking for a mentor for you.
- Wilhelmsburg: Tandem project Die Insel hilft, Erlerring 1, https://die-insel-hilft.de/ , how to find a tandem: Contact the project via email (email@example.com ) or phone (+49 176 432305054). You will be invited to a meeting to get to know you (due to the corona pandemic the meeting will be held via Zoom). Afterwards, they will be looking for a tandem partner for you.
Most of the time, you contact the project, afterwards they will look for a mentor for you and then you can meet the mentor to get to know each other.
Your mentor can help you with visits to authorities and with your education or simply spend time with you and, for example, cook together or go to a museum or a sports event.
Offers for LGBTIQ* refugees
There are projects that offer support for LGBTIQ* refugees, such as:
- Hamburg network supporting LGBITQ* refugees (Hamburger Vernetzung pro LGBITQ*-Geflüchtete): you can find an overview of the offers in different languages here: https://www.queer-refugees.hamburg/index.php/offers-of-different-groups
- Queer Refugees Support Hamburg: advice appointments and tandem projects, Sternstraße 2 (Centro Sociale), Tuesday starting at 4 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://queer-refugees-support.de/en/support/
- Queeramnesty: meetings right now are online on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, please register using the contact form: https://www.queeramnesty.hamburg/kontakt/
Welcome Dinner: Hamburg’s residents invite you to a welcome dinner!
Many people living in Hamburg invite immigrants and refugees to a welcome dinner in their homes. This is a way for you to meet people from Hamburg, speak some German and enjoy a free meal with them.
How do I get invited to a Welcome Dinner?
- Register at the following website: https://welcome-dinner.de/guest/?lang=en
- The “Welcome Dinner” team will call you up and tell you who your host will be. You will be given your host’s phone number.
- You can then arrange a date with your host for your Welcome Dinner.
It is important to be able to speak a bit of German or a bit of English so that you can understand your hosts.
Support for refugees with disabilities
For refugees with disabilites, there are different self-help groups. There you can meet other people with disabilities:
- Lebenshilfe Hamburg, Stresemannstraße 163, email@example.com, + 49 40 68943311, lhhh.deMany self-empowerment groups are currently not meeting due to the corona pandemic. When this changes, they will appear on the webpage for appointments (available only in German): https://termine.lhhh.de/
There is a project in which you are meeting online with your family or other supporters as well as employees of the Lebenshilfe to plan your future: https://lhhh.de/2021/03/03/getestet-digitale-zukunfts-planung/ , contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 40 68943314
- Leben mit Behinderung in Hamburg, Südring 36, project We are family (mentoring for refugee families with a family member who has a disability), please make an appointment: email@example.com, https://www.lmbhh.de/angebote/projekte/we-are-family/
- You can find more self-empowerment groups here: https://www.kiss-hh.de/
There also is a sports club that was founded by people with a mental disability and that wants to particularly include people with a mental disability or multiple disabilities:
Phoenix Sport e.V., firstname.lastname@example.org, + 49 40 28052822, www.phoenix-sport-hamburg.de
Join a project or start one yourself!
You want to join a project to support society and help other people together?
Here you can find many volunteer projects:
- Volunteer agencies (Freiwilligenagenturen): https://www.freiwillig.hamburg/welcome.html
- Vostel: https://vostel.de/en
- Altonavi – website in German: https://www.altonavi.de/engagieren/
- ASB Zeitspender – website in German: https://www.asb-hamburg.de/freiwillig-aktiv/zeitspender/freiwilligen-jobs/
If there is no suitable project for a topic or an issue, you can also start your own project. Perhaps there is a problem that you solved in your life and you have an idea how you can help other people to also solve it. The proposal for We.Inform as a project for refugees was also made by a refugee who had collected information for himself as well as his family.
If you want to start a project, the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband in the Kompetenzzentrum Migration (Adenauerallee 10) might be able to help you:
- General project advice and advice on funding: Tamara Al-Keilani, PARITÄTISCHES Kompetenzzentrum Migration, Adenauerallee 10, email@example.com, + 49 15751136472
- Advice on founding a club (Verein): Claudia Klein, PARITÄTISCHES Kompetenzzentrum Migration, Adenauerallee 10, firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 15730618718
Furthermore, the Bürgerstiftung Hamburg offers funding to financially support projects and can help you with the application: email@example.com (it would be good if you could tell them your phone number so they can contact you), + 49 40 848896960, https://www.buergerstiftung-hamburg.de/projektfoerderung/fonds_migrantisches_engagement.
Last Updated: 12/01/2022