Living democracy and the social and cultural diversity of our city need active, committed residents. And those who get involved for the common good also open up new opportunities and horizons for themselves. Because you experience a sense of purpose, make contacts and get involved in society.
What should I know if I want to get involved? Where is my commitment needed? And what opportunities are there for me? You can get answers to your questions as well as personal support and contacts at the nettekieler Ehrenamtsbüro.
Doing voluntary work means ...
- Giving and receiving joy
- living and experiencing humanity
- dedicating your time to something meaningful
- making and maintaining contacts with people
- having fun
- Gain knowledge and pass on experience
- grow with a task
- strengthen your own self-esteem and self-confidence
- Contribute to the common good
- Helping to shape society
- find stability and recognition
- Benefit professionally
Advice / mediation
How does a placement work
We help you find a project that suits you. Our volunteer counsellors will advise you personally and free of charge. First of all, we look at your individual areas of interest, skills and experience, your wishes and expectations. We identify suitable projects from our database. You will receive detailed information and a contact person - and you can decide at your leisure which organisation you would like to contact. If you have questions about training and reimbursement of costs, insurance cover or certificates of good conduct - we will help you!
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If you have questions or problems, it is important to talk to the respective organisation or volunteer. If the matter cannot be resolved, you are welcome to contact the nettekieler Ehrenamtsbüro at any time. If necessary, our conflict counselling service is available to assist committed residents and representatives of non-profit organisations. Feel free to contact us.
500 opportunities - and the right one for you
Give a child a better perspective or bring an elderly person out of loneliness, support a museum association or stand up for animal protection - with over 500 offers from around 300 organisations, associations and initiatives, there are countless opportunities for voluntary engagement. For every age, every ability and every interest!
We have compiled a small selection here that gives a first insight into the variety of possibilities. Feel free to drop by the nettekieler Ehrenamtsbüro - together we will find the right engagement for you!
Culture / Music
Museum, music, support association
Seaworthy helpers wanted on the Hansekogge (Hanseatic Cog)
The association owns the original replica of a cog from 1380 and sails this ship on the Baltic and North Sea to broaden knowledge about shipbuilding in the Middle Ages, to inform about the Hanseatic period and to convey the experience of a sailing trip 700 years ago.
We are urgently looking for people who are interested in sailing as crew for the sailing trips, people with a talent for craftsmanship for the repairs and maintenance of the ship, people with a commercial interest for the administration of the cog and the sponsoring association, and people with a knowledge of history to bring visitor and youth groups closer to the Hanseatic period and to explain the cog.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Förderverein Historische Hansekogge Kiel e.V., please contact our advisors about the offer A599.
Support for the preservation of the maritime history of Wik and Holtenau
The association "Maritimes Viertel" e.V. has set itself the goal of preserving the maritime history of Wik and Holtenau, holding exhibitions, readings and the like. We exhibit the WSV Kiel's lock exhibition on permanent loan. We also house models of historical buildings from Kiel.
The association is looking for volunteer supervisors with manual skills. Model builders are also very welcome.
Would you like to become active in the "Maritimes Viertel" e.V. association? Then please contact our advisors about the offer A703.
Accompanying people with support needs to leisure and cultural activities
Der Freizeit- und Kulturschlüssel der Werk- und Betreuungsstätte für Körperbehinderte gGmbH (The leisure and culture key of the Workshop and care centre for the physically disabled gGmbH) compiles a calendar of events every month from the events on offer in Kiel. From this, the volunteers (companions) and the people with support needs (enjoyers) choose events independently of each other and according to their own interests. From the registrations, we put together suitable tandems (a companion with an enjoyer).
If you are interested in volunteering as a companion, please contact our advisors about the offer A671.
Children / youth
KiTa, school, holiday care
Support in the fight against anti-Muslim racism
The project 'Raum 3 – Empowerment junger Muslim*innen durch Medienarbeit' der Türkischen Gemeinde in Schleswig-Holstein e.V. ('Room 3 - Empowerment of Young Muslims through Media Work' of the Turkish Community in Schleswig-Holstein e.V.) aims to counteract anti-Muslim racism. We specifically support and accompany young people in expressing their experiences and views of anti-Muslim racism through various media (including music, videos, podcasts, written texts).
We offer workshops on media work/skills and on the topic of '-anti-Muslim racism-'.
The ideas and the design of the media contributions are created by the young people themselves with the support of the project staff and can be published on different channels (newspaper, Spotify, Youtube, etc.).
In this way, young people with experiences of racism can find a way to deal with their experiences, exchange ideas with other young people and make their experiences visible to a broader public.
Volunteers between the ages of 15 and 27 are needed to create media contributions, exchange with project participants, take part in workshops on media work and racism issues and conduct workshops for pupils/educators on racism issues.
Interested? Then please contact our advisors about the offer A718.
Support in the school library
The Gymnasium Wellingdorf is looking for volunteers for the school library. The tasks would be, for example, to support the students in the computer-assisted lending operation or the possibility of helping to plan/participate in events of the school library.
Are you interested in and enjoy working with young people and have general computer skills (Windows 7)? If so, please feel free to contact our advisors about offer A634.
Showing Jewish life in Kiel
The project "Look!" is a cooperation project of the Turkish community in Schleswig-Holstein with the Jewish community of Kiel and the region, the Jewish Museum in Rendsburg and zebra e.V. The aim of the project is to show Jewish life in Kiel and in this way reduce anti-Semitism. Young people (and also other age groups) are to work out small sub-projects independently and learn with and from each other through lively exchange.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to learn more about Jewish life, especially in Kiel, through small projects such as exhibitions, photo and video contributions.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A723.
Parish, meeting place, pastoral care
A classic of volunteer activities
The Salvation Army is a Christian free church with distinctive social activities. This includes, among other things, care for the homeless, homes for children, the elderly and the disabled. It also maintains a tracing service for missing family members.
The Salvation Army has a creed on an evangelical basis. Its uniformed members, Salvation soldiers and officers, pledge to live by Christian standards.
If you would like to volunteer to help distribute clothing and food to those in need, please contact our advisors about offering A318.
Do you have an open ear for the concerns of others?
The telephone counselling service is a counselling and pastoral care service offered by the Protestant and Catholic churches. It can be reached free of charge around the clock for an anonymous and confidential conversation.
More than seven thousand women and men already work voluntarily for the telephone counselling service. They see their commitment as a willingness to take responsibility for their neighbour and thus for society.
At the beginning, there is a selection process that focuses on resilience, empathy, willingness to deal with conflict, teamwork skills as well as clarification of motivation.
We are always looking for committed and open-minded people for counselling on the phone (after one and a half years of training). Please contact our advisors about the offer A103.
Passenger escort service in Kiel
For the station mission mobil, the station is always a very special place: many things flow together here and also apart again. This place pulsates, there is constant movement: Travellers set off, depart and arrive. But for other people, time stands still. They have stumbled on life's journey and no longer know what to do.
At the station, the paths of both groups cross. Every day, at any time.
For people with limited mobility and also children, the station mission offers a free escort service on regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn and other transport companies in the Schleswig-Holstein area up to and including Hamburg. The accompaniment is to take place from the boarding station to the destination station and is free of charge for the passengers. Smaller assistance at the station is offered.
If you are interested in working as an escort service on trains, please contact our advisors about the offer A382.
Environment / animal protection
Flora, fauna, climate
Support in garden maintenance and design
The AWO Servicehaus Lübscher Baum has a beautiful garden, which the tenants of the house like to use for walking, relaxing or having a chat. The care of the garden is mostly done by the tenants themselves. In old age, however, many of the activities are no longer so easy. Therefore, the tenants would be very happy about support. The care as well as the design of the garden are in the foreground.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about offer A706.
Helpers wanted for the "upWert" project
The project "upWert" of Hof Akkerboom e.V. aims at upgrading old objects (furniture/wood, bicycles, small electrical appliances, etc.). To this end, a bicycle self-help workshop is being set up, a wood workshop is being run and a repair workshop for electrical appliances is being set up. All project strands live from the fact that the users get help to help themselves in order to repair their possessions. In addition, a barter house is to be set up.
Volunteers are needed to work on the project. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A719.
Support at the TierTafel Kiel
There are situations in which you suddenly no longer know how to adequately care for your pet. Incapacity to work, divorce, company closures, a pension that is too low... All these can be factors why people become dependent on social benefits. And then the money is barely enough to support themselves.
Then an animal is often the last social contact. Especially for older people, it is the only reason to take responsibility, to be needed and to still be able to go out and stay active, healthy and fit. Protection from social isolation, the best friend, the only contact person, listener and comforter.
TierTafel Kiel has set itself the task of helping in these financially difficult situations so that no animal has to be given up or possibly abandoned out of necessity.
Volunteers are needed for all the work at TierTafel (accepting and handing out donations, looking after the information stands, participating in flea markets and fairs, compiling statistics). If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A545.
Health / self-help
Care, support, self-help
Cooperation in the support association for marriage, family and life counselling
The Marriage, Family and Life Counselling Association of the Archdiocese of Hamburg was founded in 2005. Its members, sponsors and friends support the work of the eight counselling centres in the Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is important to the association that people of all ages can use couple, family and life counselling. The purpose is to bring mental health issues to the attention of the public, e.g. through specialist lectures, and to publicise the work of the counselling centres.
We are looking for a volunteer to work on the board (help with fundraising, finances, administrative work). Interested? Then please contact our advisors about the offer A712.
Support for people with dementia at the hospital
The Patient Information Center (PIZ) at UKSH has set itself the goal of providing special support to patients suffering from dementia. For this purpose, UKSH is looking for volunteers who are interested in accompanying patients with dementia in the hospital.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to accompany people with dementia.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A596.
Participation in the largest self-help organisation for rheumatism sufferers in S-H
With over 13,000 members, the Rheuma-Liga Schleswig-Holstein (Rheuma-League Schleswig-Holstein) is the largest self-help organisation for rheumatism sufferers in Schleswig-Holstein. It organises self-help and, as a self-help organisation, also advocates for medical care in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, the Medical Association and the funding agencies.
The Rheuma League is looking for active support in various areas.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A109.
Accident / rescue services
Accident assistance, rescue service, fire brigade
Extensive employment opportunities with the ASB
The ASB Regionalverband Kiel (ASB Regional Association Kiel) actively participates in many areas of the social community with its voluntary and full-time employees. The fields of activity are wide-ranging. Whether in floods, storms or individual rescue and medical missions, the ASB volunteers are deployed as disaster/medical assistants all the way to paramedics in order to be able to provide expert help.
Volunteers are always needed for various medical services, disaster control, rescue services and the rapid response group. If you are interested and have a paramedic training or willingness for training and further education as well as the appropriate health suitability, please contact our advisors about the offer A059.
Lifeguards watch out!
With over 1.1 million members and supporters, the Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (German Lifesaving Society) is the largest water rescue organisation in the world.
In over 2,000 branches throughout Germany, the volunteers perform countless hours of voluntary work for the people of Germany year after year. The core tasks of the DLRG are: Training in swimming and lifeguarding, education about the dangers in and around water, water rescue service and youth work.
If you are interested in training lifeguards, as well as public and youth work, please contact our advisors about the offer A306.
Fast as the fire brigade - also in voluntary work
The Kiel Volunteer Fire Brigade presents itself as a tradition-conscious but also modern and future-oriented "COMPANY" in the field of public safety. Together with the professional fire brigade, our tasks include fire protection and all types of technical assistance in the area of the city of Kiel.
We are always looking for physically and mentally resilient volunteers for our emergency services and youth work. If you are interested in working for the Kiel Volunteer Fire Brigade, please contact our advisors about the offer A324.
Knowledge, education, counselling
The project "Patenenkel*in" is looking for young people or young adults (age: approx. 16 - 30 years) who would like to support older people individually in handling their digital devices. The aim of the project is to promote encounters between young and old and to share different competences.
The project "Patenenkel*" in is a joint project of the nettekieler Ehrenamtbüro, the Howe-Fiedler-Stiftung, the M38 Netzwerk Treff and the contact points Nachbarschaft Mettenhof and Suchsdorf.
Are you interested? Then please contact our advisors about the offer A725.
Help with the optimisation of a website
The fmks - Verein für frühe Mehrsprachigkeit an Kitas und Schulen e.V. (Association for Early Multilingualism in Kitas and Schools) is committed to all aspects of early language acquisition and multilingualism. It offers advice, training, exchange and information, linking research and practice. The fmks is a non-profit association. It works nationwide and on a voluntary basis.
The fmks is looking for an SEO for their website. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A698.
climb teacher wanted
"climb" stands for "learn smart, always stay motivated": With a holiday programme that is unique in Germany, children and adults are made aware of their strengths and encouraged to shape their own educational path.
Are you looking for an honorary position in the educational field and do you want to get involved with children in Kiel and learn a lot yourself? Then become a climb teacher during the next autumn holidays, try yourself out and grow beyond yourself. With climb, children can go through life with courage - and so can you! climb learning holidays are a preventive education programme for children and young adults. During the school holidays, 45 primary school children at risk of poverty and 9 young adults learn from and with each other for a fortnight in the rooms of a primary school. climb learning holidays strengthen young people for self-confident educational and life paths and thus contribute to a courageous society in which challenges are tackled together and opportunities are given and used.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A699.
Sport / Leisure
Leisure, sports, interests
Support in a traditional sports club
The Kieler MTV von 1844 e.V. offers a wide range of fitness and popular sports. Of course, traditional team sports up to competitive sports are represented as well as the possibility of health-oriented equipment training. For young and old - there is something for everyone.
We are looking for volunteers for different areas.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about offer A166.
Joy of sailing
With the goal formulated by its founders in 1887 "to increase the joy of sailing", the Kiel Yacht Club stands for a long tradition of regatta sailing at the highest sporting level and in demanding cruising. Tradition and the future of sailing determine the club's activities. The main focus of the KYC's work is the sailing training of young people and adults as well as the organisation of high-ranking regatta events such as the Kieler Woche, MAIOR, YES as well as World and European Championships in various classes.
The Kieler Yacht-Club e.V. is looking for volunteers to organise the sailing regattas and to set up and dismantle the shore organisation. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A637.
Support in the Kiel Sports Association
The Sportverband Kiel (SVK) (sports association Kiel) is the umbrella organisation for the sports clubs and associations in the state capital Kiel. Today, the SVK has 199 clubs with around 64,000 members and 17 professional associations. It was founded on 18 January 1947.
The SVK wants to contribute to securing and expanding the extensive range of sporting opportunities in Kiel. The prerequisite for this is good cooperation with the City of Kiel, the State Sports Association, sponsors and, last but not least, with the clubs and associations.
We are looking for exercise instructors. We are also looking for voluntary helpers on the board. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A363.
Human rights, trade union, fair trade
Urgent! Support for the sale of fair products
The Weltladen Kiel has been committed to fair trade in the state capital for over 40 years. By running the shop and participating in numerous information events, we have been able to successfully communicate the ideas of fair trade in our city.
We are urgently looking for volunteers for the daily work in the world shop to sell fair trade products.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A076.
Sewing for a good cause
The Herzkissenprojekt (heart pillow project) is now carried out worldwide by volunteer women and also some men. We sew heart pillows according to a special cut and give them to women who are affected by breast cancer. The pillows serve as support pillows, but also convey the personal idea of solidarity. With our heart pillows we want to give comfort to many sick and disabled people and all those who have to cope with a difficult fate and show them that we are thinking of them. For sick children in hospitals and social institutions we sew, among other things, cuddly pillows, stuffed animals, quilts for premature babies and much more. We also provide free nesting or feeling quilts to dementia patients who are cared for in senior care facilities and at home. Since 2010, more than 300 women have participated in the Heart Pillow Campaign Kiel and, among many other useful items, have sewn and donated more than 25,000 heart pillows and cuddly pillows so far.
Women and men who enjoy sewing and donating are always welcome in the association.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A362.
Working as a volunteer probation officer at the district court
Probation has to do with the person and their circumstances. These persons have the chance to change something about their situation. Probation officers can support them in this.
The custodial sentence or juvenile sentence or the remainder of the sentence was suspended on the basis of statutory provisions. The probationer was placed under the supervision of a probation officer. The court hopes that the person will reorganise his or her life and lead it without committing a crime in the future - with the support of the probation officer.
The probation service at the district court is looking for volunteers for individual supervision within the framework of outpatient delinquent assistance. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A426.
Integration, exchange, synergies
Support in the tandem project between refugees and Kiel residents
"kulturgrenzenlos e.V." is a tandem project that brings together students and refugees in Kiel. Through joint leisure activities and cultural exchange, the social inclusion of refugees is promoted.
We are looking for young people from Kiel (between 18 and 35 years) who would like to become a tandem partner. We are also looking for helpers to support the organization of the project.
If you are interested, please contact our advisors about offer A629.
Support with free legal advice on questions of asylum and residence law
The Refugee Law Clinic Kiel is an initiative of students from all disciplines at Kiel University. We offer free legal advice (pro bono) on questions of asylum and residence law, especially for refugees. The counselling takes place every Wednesday in three appointments after prior allocation from 1.30 to 6 p.m. and additionally now also every Thursday as an open consultation hour from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the rooms of the Flüchtlingsrat Schleswig-Holstein e. V.. You can contact us through various local social counselling centres or directly by email.
We are looking for volunteers to help with internal organisation and legal advice for refugees. If you are interested, please contact our advisors about the offer A582.
Help in the bicycle workshop
The bicycle workshop in the refugee accommodation on the former MFG5 site in Kiel- Holtenau, Schusterkrug is dedicated to procuring, refurbishing and passing on donated bicycles for refugees.
Volunteers are needed for various areas in the bicycle workshop. Please contact our advisors about the offer A555.
Commitment in Corona times
Volunteering in times of Corona
While there are pandemic-related restrictions to cope with in some areas of social and cultural life, there has been an additional need for volunteering elsewhere. At this point, too, the nettekieler Ehrenamtsbüro is available as a central contact point - for the coordination of requests for help as well as for all those who offer their assistance. For example, we work closely with the Anlaufstellen Nachbarschaft (Anna) to arrange non-contact help such as shopping. Registered helpers are divided up by neighbourhood, and the respective Anna networks suitable tandems of helper and person seeking help. The number of caregivers should be kept as low as possible.
If you would like to get involved, please contact ehrenamtsbuero[at]nette-kieler.de.
Those seeking help should contact the Annas in their district.
An overview of other opportunities for neighbourhood involvement in Schleswig-Holstein can be found here.
"Online volunteering is voluntary, unpaid engagement with others that is carried out publicly, is oriented toward the common good, and in which the activity in question is performed wholly or in part over the Internet from a home computer, at work, or on the road."
Citizens looking for a temporary volunteer position, such as a one-time assignment to the EhrenamtMesse or other Kiel events, can register in the "net(t)worker" section. If necessary, registered persons can then be approached individually.
Non-profit organizations that need short-term volunteer support for an event (or similar) are welcome to contact us.
Registration for the section is possible at the nette-kieler volunteer office by phone or at ehrenamtsbuero[at]nette-kieler.de.
If you have any questions, we are also happy to answer them in person during consultation hours or by calling the administration office at 0431/901-5502.
Federal Volunteer Service
Federal Volunteer Service
The Federal Volunteer Service is a voluntary commitment in social, cultural, ecological or other public welfare-oriented institutions in Germany, such as educational or nursing institutions, rescue services, forestry offices, cultural institutions, sports clubs or similar.
A BFD can last between 6 and 24 months - it is usually done for 12 months at a time. As a rule, the BFD is a full-time service in which the volunteers mainly perform practical assistance activities. In return, they receive pocket money and are automatically covered by statutory pension, accident, health, nursing care and unemployment insurance.
Anyone who has completed full-time compulsory education is eligible for federal voluntary service.
Age, gender, nationality or the type of school-leaving qualification do not usually play a role.
For more information, visit:
The voluntary service "PerspektivenWechsel" in the DRK supports you with an individual consultation in your search for a desired placement within and outside the DRK.
What can I expect?
- Personal initial interviews
- Matching volunteer positions
- Full-time supervision and support
- Group meetings
- Further training and qualification
- Employment of 8 - 13 hours per week
- Flat-rate expense allowance
- Contractual framework
- Liability and accident insurance
If you are interested, please contact
DRK-KV Kiel e.V., Volunteer Service Center
Küterstr. 8-12, 24103 Kiel, Germany
You can find more information about PerspektivenWechsel here:
How you can help us
It is very important to us to continuously improve the quality of our counselling. This is where we depend on your help:
After a counselling session, you will receive a feedback card from us. Please fill it out and return it to us as soon as you have decided whether and where you would like to volunteer. If we do not hear from you, we will ask after a few weeks and keep you informed with further offers if needed.
Our database-protected feedback system documents the placement success - and is an important tool for quality assurance of our work. It also enables us to maintain contacts beyond the initial counselling and offer further support if needed.