#DMUlocal Volunteering in Berlin with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003148


All DMU students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places for this trip is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students are invited to experience volunteering in Berlin to further support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. As part of this opportunity, students will be staying in accommodation in the heart of city and will take part in a range of activities as well as having time to experience the culture of Berlin.

This trip will enable students to explore and exchange knowledge with institutions, organisations and individuals from across Berlin who are striving to work together to support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Activities will include engaging with German Red Cross (DRK) by practically helping them out with DIY tasks such as painting and decorating in one of their support centres for refugees and asylum seekers. A visit to Marlenfelde Refugee Museum will highlight the plight of refugees currently and how Berlin was effected post 2nd World War, during the Cold War and how they are supporting Refugees today. Participants will also contribute to existing sustainability projects in Berlin, organised by the DMU Square Mile team.

Cultural activities

In addition to the organised activities, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse culture and history of Berlin, visiting iconic landmarks, venues and districts such as the Berlin Wall and East side gallery. The city’s main cultural and historical sights – from the Museum Island and the Reichstag to Checkpoint Charlie and the Holocaust memorial – are to be found in central Mitte. You will also have a chance to take part in Peace and Poetry event at Chance to take part in Peace and Poetry event at Bebelplatz.

If you want to venture further afield, a trip to Berlin Olympic Stadium is recommended, or head out to nearby Potsdam to discover its many UNESCO World Heritage palaces and parks.

Travel and Accommodation

Flights, accommodation and UK transfers for this opportunity will be booked by DMU Square Mile, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the German immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Germany and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 4 November 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £440 TBC
  • Students will also be required to pay for: In-country transfers, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 12 June 2019 9am