I speak German has successfully started

Around six weeks after the first language courses for refugees began in Hanover, all ten of the scheduled German courses have now started successfully. A total of around 120 refugees are being taught by 30 TUI volunteers. The language courses in Hanover are part of the “I speak German“ project that is being implemented by TUI Foundation in collaboration with Deutschlandstiftung Integration. The two foundations have organised the German courses for refugees with volunteer teachers and are providing free teaching materials.


All the participants are incredibly motivated and eager to learn. It’s great to see the progress they are making. Teaching them is an exciting experience for me and I’m enjoying it very much.

Jasmin Diederich, voluntary teacher

Among other things, the pilot project in Hanover is testing and evaluating the organisation of the volunteers, as well as training, matching and teaching activities. The aim is to teach the preparatory course to ten classes of ten students over a ten week period, providing them with a basic knowledge of the German language. The refugees come from Afghanistan, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon, Algeria, Iraq and other countries. In one special course, three female TUI employees are teaching a group of women and children from Northern Iraq.

The volunteers are doing a fantastic job and it’s great to see how motivated they are. I’m particularly pleased that some of my colleagues have accepted the special challenge of teaching the group of women and children from Northern Iraq.

Elke Hlawatschek, Project Manager and Managing Director of the TUI Foundation

The project was presented to the public at a press conference in February 2016 attended by Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman of the TUI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Doris Schröder-Köpf, the patron of the project.