A partnership between
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group

2016

Give Something Back To Berlin

Germany

Give Something Back To Berlin is a project platform and network that facilitates neighborhood volunteer work for the growing group of non-German speakers. Through this initiative, meeting points are created for communities that would otherwise naturally stay isolated from one another. This engagement is challenging current discourse in Germany between newly arrived and established communities; building positive outcomes.

About the Project

Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) is a project platform and network facilitating neighborhood volunteer work for the growing group of non-German speakers. The community of skilled volunteers from over 50 nationalities are active in vibrant projects and collaborations throughout the city. This engagement is challenging current discourse in Germany between newly arrived and established communities; building positive outcomes.

GSBTB creates tools for community integration bringing expatriates, German locals and vulnerable groups such as refugees together. Through this extensive grassroots initiative, meeting points are created for communities that would otherwise naturally stay isolated from one another. This concrete “think global, act local” program showcases everyone’s capacity to contribute regardless of passport, status, language or time spent in the country.

This prize-winning approach is being established as best practice in Europe and beyond. Within the epicenter of the global conversation on integrating the largest movement of people ever, GSBTB has a unique opportunity to build a new culture of living-together.

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