The Indian-American volunteer unfurling layers of migration, identity and privilege
Open Art Shelter volunteer Mahima Shah Verma examines her parents' migration, her own move to Berlin and the experiences of those she has volunteered with.
The Algerian-Danish artist and rapper running empowerment workshops for girl*s in Neukölln
Valerie Djurhuus runs workshops on empowerment through performance at the after-school girl*s club Schilleria. Here she speaks about empowerment, gentrification and how she uses her imperfect German skills as a strength.
The Job Center case worker recommending GSBTB to her clients
With parents who migrated to Germany from Turkey, Özgül Thurley says she understands the importance of feeling welcome.
Using a common language to connect with refugees
Hailing from Iran, Sanaz Azimi speaks Farsi, making her a vital connection to the Afghan women and children at Tempelhof refugee camp.
The US social worker putting her GSBTB Open Art Shelter experiences to use in the Trump era
Liz Ricks-Aherne volunteered full-time for GSBTB Open Art Shelter during the year she lived in Berlin. Before she left at the end of the summer, Open Art Shelter intern Madeline McKay sat down with her to talk about how her experiences in Berlin will inform her life and work back in the US.
“Integration isn’t only a one-way street”
Eli Waël Khleifawi is our very own Project Coordinator at GSBTB who is originally from Damascus, Syria and arrived to Germany in 2015. We talk to Waël about his interests in business, his home city and how it compares to Berlin and what integration means to him.
“You never forget where you come from”
Annick Repellin-Holzgreve is a long-serving GSBTB Open Art Shelter volunteer and long-time resident in Germany, originally from France.
Meet the GSBTB summer intern Madeline, a Gender Studies & Art major from the US
Madeline McKay is GSBTB's summer intern. Coming all the way from Philadelphia, USA, she is currently studying Women, Gender Studies and Art at Bates College.
The brains behind the Open Music Lab
Ben R. Osborn and Rachel are the pioneers of one of the Open Music School's projects - the weekly Open Music Lab -which takes place every Monday at Refugio Café. United by a passion for music, their goal is to share their musical knowledge with different communities.
From Lahore to Berlin – the Pakistani feminist who made her way to Germany
Abeera Atif is a Communications intern, originally coming from Pakistan. Hailing from Lahore, she came to Germany in 2013 to pursue higher education in the city of Bremen, where she was first introduced to the complexities of welcoming newcomers. In this interview, she talks about her love for Berlin, her work at GSBTB and cementing her interests in migration and feminism.
How Talal from Syria built a massive online network of 1 million+ newcomers
Early in 2015 we had just started organising our monthly Team Ups and at one of our first ones, two curious and energetic Syrian men turned up. "We want to do something! We want to get involved! Volunteer, work, anything!" they said. Talal had only arrived in Germany two weeks earlier.
Orla – improving her German through volunteering with disabled people
Orla Gill is a volunteer at GSBTB's partner organisation Dynamis, an organisation supporting people living with disabilities. Orla tells us how her experience volunteering has given her a broader perspective on life in Berlin and helped to improve her German skills.