GUK Heerstr. – Bruno

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Bruno, I am about to turn 21 years
old and this was my very first semester at HWR Berlin. Please take a little time to
read this blog; it has some good insights, if you are interested in Service Learning.
Do you have friends whom are part of a different culture than you? Are you openminded
and eager to make new friends? Then Service Learning may very well be an
enrichment for you!

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GUK Heerstr. 16 – Cristina


My name is Cristina Serrano Mesa and I am from Granada (Spain). I have been living in Berlin for almost 4 years and a half and I am studying Business Administration at HWR Berlin since 2016.

I wanted to volunteer but never dared to go and try alone, but then I saw the Service Learning Course at the HWR and decided to enrol. We had weekly discussions about the situation of refugees or laws for asylum around the world as well as about our experiences as volunteers in different centres for refugees in Berlin. Our teacher, Cynthia Tilden-Machleidt, showed us the webpage “volunteer-planner”, where you can sign in to go as volunteer to different places and different areas.

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Kindergarten – GUK Heerstr. 16 – Jin

My name is Jindanooch Wangjai, an exchange student from Mahidol University International College, in Thailand. I visited volunteer planner website and I choose to volunteer at a camp near my dorm, Heerstraße 16. With my little German skills, I can work in the kindergarten.

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NUK Levetzowstr. 35

NUK Levetzowstr. 35

Let’s demand and offer “Life”, not just “survival” !
From Athens to Berlin

When the refugee crises burst out the previous summer (2015) I was still back in Athens. Suddenly  it was the main topic of the media. The  Greek islands close to Turkey  (Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros, etc.) where in a very stressful condition. Everyday more and more refugees used to arrive to the islands by the sea. The locals did their best to help.  Although, soon, the crises spread to the rest of the country. Everyday thousands of refugees were arriving at the port of Piraeus and from there at Victoria Square. It was then that I was involved with the great and spontaneous solidarity movement that was arising in Greece.

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NUK Flughafen Tempelhof

NUK Flughafen Tempelhof

Volunteering: expectations, experience, evaluation


Who am I and why do I volunteer?

My name is Sidar, a student at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, originally from Bulgaria. My name as well as half of me is Kurdish. My father comes from the Kurdish populated part of Turkey but because of his activities for the rights of his people he had to flee. He arrived in Europe as a refugee in the time of the Cold war, he met my mother and consequently stayed and settled down in Bulgaria. Although his story is different from the ones of the current refugees, I feel connected with them, I feel that someone has helped my father and thus helped me. Therefore, I want to assist the newcomers, to let them have the chances someone took from them at home. Furthermore, as many of the refugees are Kurdish, I see it as an opportunity to learn more for the culture of my father, to listen to the language and to get to know them.

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NUK Rathaus Wilmersdorf

NUK Fehrbelliner Platz, Berlin

Hi, my name is Elisa Mozena, I am Brazilian and have been living in the Netherlands for the past 7 years. My connection with volunteer work goes back to the time I was still living in Brazil and wanted to make a difference in my hometown. Since then I have carried this will of helping other people with me.
The first opportunity I had to support refugees was in the Netherlands, when I collected clothes for the winter and right after that I moved to Berlin, where I was presented to the Social Learning program.

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Ich heiße Cynthia Tilden-Machleidt und ich bin die Dozentin dieser neuen Lehrveranstaltung an der HWR Berlin. Diese Lehrveranstaltung wird in zwei Sprachen angeboten (English-Deutsch), weil einige Teilnehmer im Erasmus-Programm als Gaststudierende in Berlin sind. Wir schreiben hier über unsere Erfahrungen mit Flüchtlingen. In meinem Bericht versuche ich die Situation in Athen zu beschreiben.

I was in Athens at our partner university AUEB from June 19-25, 2016. Just a week, but I was able to visit a number of places where refugees live and/or meet with other refugees and volunteers who care. I have uploaded a few photos and added links where you can read more about them.




My name is Linda and I am a 25-year-old student of Non-Profit Management at HWR and HTW Berlin. As I was thinking of how to organize my time this summer semester 2016, aside from uni and work, it was clear to me that I finally wanted to properly get engaged in volunteer work, especially for the cause of newly arrived refugees in Berlin. Engaging properly to me means to do more than working in the kitchen of a NUK, since the management aspect of voluntary work and charitable work in general is not only what I study, but also my personal interest. Early spring I was approached by a friend who lives in Berlin but just arrived from Syria two years ago. He proposed his idea of setting up a small organization, in the German legal form of a Verein, to help with integration and community building on the ground in Berlin.