An American in Berlin: Moving beyond voluntourism
One of our most dedicated volunteers, Kurtis DeLozier, writes about how he sees the impact of his identity on his volunteer work.
English lessons for refugees: Interview with Silke Georgi
Silke Georgi runs GSBTB's English lessons for refugees on Wednesday nights. Here's an English translation of an interview she did for ImmobilienScout 24, which kindly lends us their office space for the lessons every week.
“I’m learning German by writing love poems”
Interviewer Shima Vezvaei met Kinan Harrouk on a rainy Berliner summer afternoon. "We took a long walk just before he went to join the German Sprachcafé with GSBTB at Sharehouse Refugio. We managed to have a German-Arabic-English fusion interview! He told me about his love for football, passion for poetry and his dream of becoming a writer."
“It bridges so many gaps if you just see people in everyday life and talk to them”
Max Hoßfeld is one of the newest additions to the Give Something Back To Berlin team and a new Berliner as well. After having lived in Tanzania, Oman, Jordan, Israel and Turkey he decided to settle down for a while. What better place for a globetrotter than Berlin?
“GSBTB is an example of how big & beautiful a simple idea can become”
Ricarda Bochat runs the GSBTB Open Kitchen, best known for its Refugee Cooking Group. When Ricarda isn’t organizing volunteers to shop for foreign ingredients and cook up international feasts, she’s plotting the Open Kitchen’s new streetfood market venture.
Afghanistan’s first female rapper & GSBTBer speaking tomorrow
You might be surprised to hear that Afghanistan's first female rapper is counted among GSBTB's community members.
Two cooks; one potato
A recipe post in partnership with Sophia Hoffmann and DailyBreadMag, where this post was first published in German.
“I too want to find myself, like anyone does in this life”
Majid Albunni works as an editor for a project of empowering alternative media in Syria. He is a volunteer too and, as if this wasn’t cool enough, he used to be a member of a refugee band called Lomnava.
“A mutual respect for doing something bigger beyond ourselves”
Emmanuelle Chaze is a freelance journalist from France currently collaborating with GSBTB and several local organizations. After following her blog Berliner Diary for some months we wanted to get to know her a bit better. Here's what she had to say.
Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition with Syrian art guides
Iconic German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has dedicated his Berlin project space, Between Bridges, to addressing the refugee situation in Europe.
“You don’t feel like you’re a stranger here”
If you’ve been to one of our community team-ups, Refugee Cooking Group, Open Art Shelter, Sprachcafe or almost any other GSBTB event in the last six months, you’ve probably come across the sunny face that belongs to Nebras Othman.
Inviting eight Syrians for Christmas
Hania Hakiel, the project manager of our GSBTB Open Art Shelter, invited Syrian friends back to her homeland for Christmas