GSBTB in the media


U Magazine Hong Kong: Learn German, be a volunteer and integrate into society

Mux Mäuschenwild: A 2-minute interview with Tom Young, Open Music School Manager

Der Tagesspiegel: Ein Gefühl der Zusammengehörigkeit


The Atlantic: How Berlin’s civil society organisations have risen up to meet the needs of their city’s newest arrivals (features the GSBTB Open English Café)

Deutschlandfunk: Wie ausländische Fachkräfte Berlin verändern (tip!)

Forum Magazin: Wo Welten sich treffen

Yahoo Japan: Japanese Prime Minister’s wife visits Give Something Back to Berlin

The Culture Trip: The most inspirational women in Berlin

Mit Vergnügen: Volunteering in Berlin: 11 easy ways to help (auf Deutsch)

New York University News: Students spent spring break volunteering with refugees in Berlin

I Heart Berlin: Five alternative language classes in Berlin

The Culture Trip: GSBTB Open Kitchen listed among the best cooking courses in Berlin

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Entrepreneur Lab: 7 tips for networking in Berlin


The Guardian: Berliners get an appetite for refugees’ cuisine

Ich selbständig: Interview with GSBTB founder Annamaria Olsson on women in entrepreneurship (tip!)

Al Jazeera English: What Germany’s refugees think about the elections – Interview with GSBTB Volunteer Coordinator Eli Wael Khleifawi

Financial Times: The new supper club for migrants

Exberliner: The refugees that feed us (tip!)

Enorm Magazin: “Nur Nehmen wollen die wenigsten” – Interview with GSBTB Executive Director Lucy Thomas (in German)

Migration Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) podcast: Civil society in action

Flux FM: Off the Record – GSBTB

Info Migrants: Finding a place to live: a near impossible endeavour for refugees in Berlin

Der Tagesspiegel: Aus den Fremden werden Freunde – Interview with GSBTB Executive Director Lucy Thomas (in German)

Tele Sur: Migrants in Germany express concern over AfD’s rise (Spanish)

Co-Matter Community Podcast: Building bridges between refugees and other migrants

Open Migration: Integration in Germany after the elections (Italian)

The New Arab: How mental health services are failing refugees across Germany

Mux Mäuschenwild: Get to know our founder, Annamaria Olsson 

Hereyouare Berlin: Breaking borders, breaking bread: Berlin’s culinary exchange

High Snobiety: How to move to Berlin

Culture Strike: Berlin kitchens open up to refugees

CurrencyFair: Volunteer opportunities for expats


In 2016 we won the top prize at the Intercultural Innovation Awards from UNAOC and BMW Group and were paid a visit by the King and Queen of Sweden. Our expertise was sought on community building, social innovation and global conflict. New York Times: Berlin Dinner Parties That Celebrate Refugees and Their Food

United Nations News Centre: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

Berliner Morgenpost: Schwedisches Königspaar besucht Berliner Geflüchtetenprojekt (video)

Deutschlandradio Kultur: Initiative “Give Something Back to Berlin” ausgezeichnet

New Statesman: Terror will not break Berlin’s open and tolerant spirit

rbb-online: Initiative für soziales Miteinander ausgezeichnet

Huck: Refugees and young Berliners are finding community through food (tip!)

The Changer: Working Together for a Better City – and World (tip!)

ImmobilienScout24: Hauptstadtengagement: Englischunterricht für geflüchtete

Sveriges Radio Konflikt: Merkel och flyktingarna

Capital magazine, New Zealand: An Afghan Adrift

Alle Helfen Jetzt: Auf ins vierte Jahr: Team-Up bei Give Something Back to Berlin

The Local: Brexit: ‘It won’t be romantic. But I need an EU passport’

BZ: East Side Music Days Berlin

Fräulein Magazine: Talent: Annamaria Olsson

i-D: Das Sharehouse Refugio ist ein einzigartiges Projekt für Flüchtlinge und Kreative

Washington Square News: New York University students travel to Berlin to volunteer with refugees

Aidpreneur Podcast: Innovation for Social Impact (everything you ever wanted to know about how GSBTB was developed!)

Comfort Zone Cookbook: Annamaria Olsson

Mit Vergnügen: 11 tolle Berliner Initiativen und Vereine, die wir unterstützen sollten

Berlin Loves You: Imagine Spending Christmas in An Airport, GSBTB Christmas Fundraising

Almost Locals: Ser Voluntário em Berlim

Berliner Morgenpost: Berliner CDU gründet Netzwerk zum interkulturellen Dialog


The GSBTB Refugee Cooking Group’s famous Sudanese stew made it into the Guardian, we discussed how Berlin’s creative community mucks in and let our community know we’d be sticking around long after the hype of the ‘refugee crisis’. The Guardian: Refugee tours tell a different Berlin story

i-D: How Berlin’s creative community are responding to the refugee crisis

Der Tagesspiegel: Neukölln: Wir geben Berlin etwas zurück

Berliner Morgenpost: Wie sich kreative Neuberliner für die Hauptstadt engagieren

ALEX TV: Interview with Give Something Back to Berlin (tip!)

The Changer: Social Startup Guide

I Heart Berlin: The Berlin Experts: Give Something Back to Berlin

Stil in Berlin: FuGeeLa: Refugees in Berlin

Focus: Neukölln stellt Flüchtlingsprojekte europäischen Experten vor

Exberliner: Refugee special: Want to help? Then get offline! Diese Initiativen helfen Geflüchteten effektiv

The Local: Five ways you can help refugees in Germany

Ecoera: Cidadania: Conheça a platform Give Something Back to Berlin

Huck: Meet the Berliners resisting the rise of the far right in Germany

The Local: Arsonists hit pro-refugee art project Flüchtlinge in Berlin – Wie geht es weiter? Internationale Neuberliner betreiben soziale Initiativen

Exberliner: Helping out refugees


News of GSBTB’s involvement with the refugee rights movement made it all the way to Sweden and even New Zealand.

Neuen Zürcher Zeitung: Additions in Berlin: Who owns the city?

Sveriges Radio: Flyktingar i skolockupation kräver fler rättigheter

Deutsche Welle: Sehnsuchtsort Berlin: zwei Gesichter einer Einwanderungsstadt

The Changer: Striking Back Against Gentrification

Berlin Loves You: Interview with Give Something Back to Berlin

Fairplanet: Including Berliners from all walks of life

Hack & Craft: Connecting collaborators – Not as easy as it looks

New Zealand Herald: Rejected asylum-seekers in stand-off with police

Taku – Finland’s Arts and Culture Trade Union: Anna Hyvän Kiertää

Bitte Gerne: Blogpost in Italian


Our official launch was covered in media from local blogs to international press.

Berliner Zeitung: Expats in Berlin: Raus aus der Blase

Deutschlandfunk: Das Dankeschön der Kreativen

Public Radio International: German Hipsters Not Winning Friends in Berlin

24trentedeux: Allowing new Berliners to be fully involved

Überlin: Interview: Give Something Back to Berlin

Finding Berlin: To Do: Summer in Berlin

Don’t Panic: Gentrification is a worn out buzzword

Überlin: Give Something Back to Berlin: The Official Launch!

Hilker Berlin: Hilfe von Zugezogenen Vad är Give Something Back to Berlin?

Art Berlin: Tausche Kreativität gegen soziales Engagement

Expats Village: Strengthening expats’ reputation amongst local Berliners

Good Impact: Forderung zweier Schweden: Berlin statt Bier

VDI: Teilen ist für Berliner Start-ups eine Tugend

Neues Deutschland: Zurückgeben leichtgemacht