New in Jena? We can help!

You’re new in Jena an coming from another country? Then you know how strange things can be in Germany and in Jena especially.

We want to help people who are new in town and do not speak German (very well or not at all).

Getting to know the opportunities in Jena (whatever recreational or cultural or….) works best with a guide! We bring together newcomers (be them students, employees, volunteers or refugees) with people who know Jena and want to share their view, experience and language.

Our Mentors are ready to meet at least three times with you. It’s up to you both, what you will do! We will give you tips and advice and will organize events.

Please contact us:
Katja Ludwig and Nico Dietrich
Phone: +49 176 71178526 (Whatsapp/SMS)

Flyer in English, Arabic and German


Engaging in voluntary activities means doing something good without asking for money. There are many possibilities in Jena to help other people, make them happy and, in doing so, learn something new for your own benefit.

Where can I contribute?

Depending on the level of your spoken German you may do voluntarily work in kindergartens and schools, help with many things or cooperate in organising and performing events.

You could, for instance, play board games with elderly people, have a sing-along with children at the kindergarten, help children with their homework in schools, take care of the garden of a day-care facility for children, organise events in youth centres and do many other things.

How do I benefit?

Apart from meeting many interesting people you can also learn a lot about yourself. By your commitment you will improve your knowledge of German, you will have new experiences with Jena and the people living here.

What can I do on the spot?

You can either call us: +49 3641 639290, write us an email or step by in our office: Unterlauengasse 3, 07743 Jena, opening times: Monday-Thursday 9-16 o’clock, Friday 9-12 o’clock.

What will the Community Foundation do for me?

We offer you free consultations with our pro bono consultants. Together with you our staff will look for a suitable place of assignment where you can do voluntary work.

We will come along with you to a first interview at the place of your assignment and will provide you with some advice and information on what you should mind if you are not yet so familiar with Germany.

If required, we shall try to find a tandem partner which means somebody who has already been engaged in voluntary activities and who will be available for questions and support at the beginning and who will come along with you.

We organise regular meetings for exchanging views with other volunteers.