"People empower people"

This is the name of the program offered by our Family Ministry.

“we are mentors” means: We connect people to people.

Whoever offers help is a “mentor”. But of course they both help each other - because new friendships develop between people who give each other tips and suggestions.

If you contact us under "I'm looking for help" or "I'd like to help", our team will get in touch with you. We'll then see what questions you have, what information you need and who suits whom best. This is then called "matching" - i.e. to make sure that the two of you "fit" together and that "the chemistry is right".

Mentorships are a great thing because people help and support each other. We have been doing this since the beginning of 2016 and have our own mentorrship offices in the cities of Berlin, Cottbus, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Hamburg, Kiel, Leipzig, Leverkusen, Rostock and Schwerin. We also offer events, homework help and much more there.

How do I become a mentor?

Visit our homepage www.wir-sind-ukraine.de or www.wirsindpaten.de and apply using the form provided.

What is a mentee?

A mentorship “tandem” consists of the mentor and the mentee. The mentor offers to help. The mentee seeks help.

What do I need to become a mentors?

Heart and reliability are particularly important. It would be ideal if you speak English, Ukrainian or Russian. But that's not a requirement. With a lot of commitment you can also communicate "with hand and foot". You have some time in which you would like to accompany a newcomer(s). If you are open and approach people, then apply.

What does a mentorship cost?

Nothing. There are no costs to you.

Do I get money if I take on a mentorship?

No. But you get plenty of "immaterial rewards" for your kindness, because the mentee needs you for the turbulent time after the flight. Because: It's a nice feeling when you can help other people!

What do I do if I don't get along well with the mentee?

In such a case, we advise you to seek direct contact with our responsible mentorship office. Our mentorship advisors will support you in an advisory capacity and will work with you to find a solution to any difficulties.

How often do I have to meet with the mentee?

As a mentor, you and the mentee agree on the intervals at which you would like to meet, whether once a week, monthly or sporadically. There are no obligations in this regard. Nowadays, many things can also be clarified by telephone, e-mail or other social media. For many mentees it is a great help if they have a mentor whom they can contact if they have any questions.

What do I have to do as a mentor?

They accompany the mentee in everyday life, e.g. when dealing with authorities, interpreting, doctors, etc., and at best conduct the conversation with them in German (indirect German course). However, it may also be the case that you, as a mentor, have to listen a lot during the so-called getting-to-know-you phase or stand by the mentee in an advisory capacity with regard to the German system. Question like: How does Germany work? How do I get work? How can I have my degree recognized? How does family reunification work? At the beginning you make clear agreements with each other.

What if I want to go on vacation?

Of course you have the opportunity to start your planned vacation. It would be important if you let your mentee know that you will not be available for a certain period of time (e.g. 3 weeks).

Do I also have to take calls in the evening and at night?

It is advisable to record a time at which you can be reached. For example, "until 7:00 p.m." is a humane time up to which the mentes could possibly still get in touch. A clear agreement in advance is helpful.

What if I have questions and problems?

We have mentorship offices with mentorship advisors who will be happy to advise you. You can obtain the relevant contact details from www.wirsindpaten.de.

As a mentor, am I financially responsible to the mentee?
You have no financial obligations. The financial is in the individual responsible area of the mentees.
As a mentor, am I responsible in the event of illness?
No. In the event of illness, the patient from the age of 18 decides independently and must sign themselves in the event of an operation. The mentor does not provide any signatures.
What do I do if appointments are constantly missed?
As a mentor, plan time for a meeting. Then of course it's a pity if the mentee doesn't show up - and that without giving any valid reasons, such as illness. It is important that the deadlines agreed on by both sides are met. If this is not the case, try to talk to the other person. Otherwise, our mentorship advisor will be at your side with advice and action, who will be happy to find a solution that is pleasant for all parties.
What do I get from the mentorship?
You have some advantages. You will receive a mentorship card, which gives you the benefits of our program partners and discounts. Furthermore, you will be networked with other mentors at the federal level and given the opportunity to attend events through an invitation addressed to you personally.
What about politics?
Nothing. We are a social organization - for people by people. It's always a problem with politics - we prefer to stay out of it. We want to live each other in everyday life, at the start of the future, in leisure time, in education and culture. We don't need politics for that.
What about religion?
We are here for everyone. Whether you are a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim. It doesn't matter whether you belong to another religion or no religion at all. Most people have the same values and needs. We are happy to be there for everyone.
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