Open Language


GSBTB offers free language learning for 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 make friends by chatting in groups targeted to their language level. Native speaker volunteers are on hand to provide guidance and more targeted learning for those who desire it.


Our free weekly GSBTB Sprachcafé (or language café) offers a friendly, non-school setting to learn German, with the opportunity to sit together over tea and snacks, talk, make friends and find tandem partners. Watch your German level improve and don’t hesitate to bring your friends!

We also regularly invite organisations and experts to give fresh input and have an exchange about topics like housing in Berlin, finding a job, or cool activities in this great city! Should you be interested, you can reach out to us – we are looking forward to hearing your story and experiences.

  • We meet Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30pm at Sharehaus Refugio in Neukölln (Lenaustraße 4., near U8 Schönleinstraße and U7/U8 Hermannplatz)

We’re always looking for German native speakers and students at all levels. We’re also looking for people who want to be regularly involved with the organizing team.

Open English Café

Since November 2013, Give Something Back to Berlin has been running a weekly English teaching group. The idea for the class was a wish from the refugee community we worked at that time who, due to the threat of not getting their asylum applications accepted, and not having been provided with German classes, felt that better English skills would increase their opportunities to establish themselves here, or possibly in other coutries.

With time the classes grew and people of various levels and reasons joined in. This included English literature academics from Iraq who wanted to keep their level of English from before they migrated, Japanese ladies who wanted to raise their communication skills, Syrian high school students who didn’t want to forget English while learning German, Eritreans needing an academic level of English in order to be accepted to university, and eager Afghans taking every opportunity to learn.

People of all backgrounds, nationalities and English language abilities are welcome to attend our free weekly Open English Cafe in Berlin:

  • Tuesdays at 6pm at Sharehaus Refugio in Neukölln (Lenaustraße 4, near U8 Schönleinstraße and U7/U8 Hermannplatz)

We offer small group discussions in a form of informal conversational club. Our group includes newcomers, long-time residents and Berlin locals, and we’re always happy to welcome new participants. Come join us – there’s no need to sign up, just drop by!

How do I become a part of this project?

You can just show up to the classes – there’s no need to sign up. Or, if you like, you can email the German class. You can also email the English class, or follow them for updates on their Facebook page.

Read more about some of our actions:

English lessons for refugees: Interview with Silke Georgi who runs the teaching at ImmobilienScout24

Sprachcafé-regular Amer Khlil has written this moving story about his journey from Syria to Germany, in German, after just one year of living in Germany



Immobilen Scout supports us by hosting our English Café


Thanks for your support!