DMU Local Volunteering in Berlin with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003686


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 support organisations working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. 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.

Students will be required to attend a pre-departure session where we will discuss current issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers both here in Leicester and in a wider global context. We will also offer students the opportunity to visit local outreach projects ahead of the trip to maximise the opportunity to learn about the issues before travelling to Berlin in May 2020.

Students will be encouraged to document their experiences through blogging, vlogging, photography and/or podcasting. Upon returning, students will be required deliver a short presentation of their experience to members of the Directorate of Social Impact and Engagement.

As part of this opportunity, students will be staying in accommodation in the heart of city and will take part in a range of volunteering activities as well as having time to experience the culture of Berlin.

Once in Berlin students will have the opportunity to engage with and volunteer at a number of partner organisations and planned activities may include:

  • Working 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.
  • New for 2020 is the opportunity to work with the CJD Project. The CJD looks after refugees in several reception centers after their arrival in Germany supporting unaccompanied minor refugees as well as refugee families with children and it is the intention to engage with these children in several indoor and outdoor activities.
  • A visit to Marienfelde 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 Public Engagement 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.

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.

Accommodation will most likely be shared between 2-3 students.

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 Global Mobility Office 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. 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 1 June 2020
  • Return date: Friday 5 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £440
  • Students will also be required to pay for: In-country transfers, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Thursday 13 February 2020 9am