Involvement opportunities for Universität Hamburg members
Get involved in Universität Hamburg projects
This page provides a list of opportunities to get involved in Universität Hamburg projects. This page will be continuously updated.
For staff and students: Welcome Buddy Program with #UHHhilft
We are urgently seeking buddies from the University to help refugees find their way in the city and at the University. If you are interested in becoming a buddy, contact <span class="">email@example.com</span>(uhhhilft"AT"uni-hamburg.de).
For researchers: Hosts in the “research bridge”
As part of the “research bridge” program currently under development, we are looking for academic supervisors. To become an academic supervisor, researchers must have at least a doctorate; a professorship is not required. More information: Scholars at Risk
For staff: Special leave for volunteer work with humanitarian organizations
In light of the current urgency to provide accommodation and care for Ukrainian refugees in Hamburg, many humanitarian organizations are working to construct, equip, and provide care in emergency shelters. These include the federal agency for technical relief Bundesanstalt Technische Hilfswerk, the German Red Cross, the Worker’s Samaritan Federation, the German St John’s ambulance Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, the Order of Malta relief agency, and the German life-saving association Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft.
Civil servants and pay scale employees who volunteer for these organizations and who are asked to provide short-term support to set up emergency shelters may be granted special leave with full pay for up to 10 working days per calendar year. Applications and the relevant documentation of proof must be submitted, with authorization from their supervisor, to the HR staff member responsible.
Get involved in external projects
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has set up a website that serves as a single source of all important information on the current situation (e.g., providing accommodation, volunteering, donating money or goods). This website shows you how you can get involved and what kind of assistance is required and where:
For all Ukrainian speakers: Interpreters
There are many areas in the city that need interpreters. If you speak Ukrainian and would like to help, you can contact, for example, the German Red Cross directly, as they urgently need help in the various emergency accommodation centers.
Important: The 2G rule applies, and you must wear a mask. Be aware that many of the refugees are not vaccinated. If you want to help, send an email (preferably indicating when you are available) to m.kaminski"AT"drk-altona-mitte.de.
For staff and students who speak Ukrainian: Translators
The Hamburg senate’s press office is urgently seeking staff and students who speak Russian and Ukrainian to aid communication in the current crisis. Above all, simple sentences (everyday information) need to be translated to enable refugees to inform themselves and keep abreast of developments (e.g., in social networks). An example of such a sentence is “You can use buses and trains for free.”
The task does not involve direct communication with refugees. It involves brief, on-the-spot translations from the workplace—in short, quick and situational support that can be combined easily with your other main work. If you would like to help, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org(pressestelle"AT"sk.hamburg.de. ).
For Universität Hamburg staff: the University leadership has agreed to and authorized the minimal translation work during regular working hours.