Through the GSBTB Open City-project we are creating concrete grassroots tools for more political advocacy for both migrants and refugees making them active contributors in their cities, creating strong networks for participation and inclusion.
In this project we enable newcomers of all backgrounds as well as locals to interact, socialise and share recipes through a number of cooking projects. We see cooking and food as an exceptional platform to break down barriers and get to know people and their culture.
The GSBTB Open Art Shelter is a project combining arts and creativity, intercultural dialogue and trauma healing. We work inside and outside refugee shelters to create a safe space for emotions, community and connections with the world outside.
The Open Music School is a musical skill-sharing community with a focus on the integration of newcomers into Berlin's world famous and diverse music scene. We facilitate a wide range of musical programs and events aiming to open iupconnect Berlin's existing music scene with often isolated newcomer communities.
GSBTB offers free language learning in German and English. As an addition or alternative to more traditional language classes, our meet-ups provide the chance for newcomers to practice their language skills in a social setting. Some partner off with regular tandem partners while others chat in groups targeted to their language level.
Every month Give Something Back To Berlin organises a community event where refugees, newcomers and Berliners of all kinds – Germans, recently-settled, longtime neighbours – come together to meet, mix, learn and share. It's like Facebook and LinkedIn in real life!
This project offers you the chance to ask your questions and receive individual consultation about the German Job Market from GSBTB's professional job coach.
Every week GSBTB hosts a free yoga class with amazing teachers from Kreuzberg Yoga and Yellow Yoga. We offer this class to all our GSBTB community members to ground, relax, work on their stretches and sweat. It’s accessible for all levels (beginner to advanced) and open to everyone!
A series of workshops to make our volunteers more confident and more aware about what, how and why you volunteer. The workshops aim towards instilling a sense of self-growth and hands-on knowledge useful in both social work as well as everyday life.
Getting involved with GSBTB is, of course, not limited to our own projects – we collaborate with numerous initiatives and organisations that offer a wide variety of activities to get you engaged. Find your inspiration here and then choose from the many active projects listed on our homepage.
Give Something Back To Berlin is an initiative that connects new Berliners with social organisations and is actively making it easier to give something back to a city we love.
We rely on the generosity of individuals and corporations to continue our existing projects and expand to reach a wider audience.
Read on to learn how you can make a donation and contribute to supporting our mission and work.