Working with homeless people (Hamburg, St. Pauli)
Description: Alimaus is a Catholic project for homeless and poor people. It offers the opportunity for walk-ins to come together and have a warm and welcoming place to stay. There are also bathrooms, showers and basic medical help is offered in the house as well. Part of the free regular service is a hot meal and the distribution of clothes. Currently, the facilities, which are funded only by donations, are used daily by approximately 200 guests. The volunteers will live and also work in “Haus Bethlehem”, another homeless shelter, which has been founded by Mother Teresa. The projects are located in St. Pauli, one of Hamburg’s poorest neighborhoods. At the same time, it is one of the most popular ones, especially amongst artists and young people, for its colorful and international atmosphere.
Type of Work: After an introductory period, volunteers will be integrated into the daily routine of the projects and will help with all necessary tasks e.g. the distribution of food and clothes. Individual initiative is highly desirable.
Study Theme: Poverty and homelessness in Hamburg; chances to visit other projects for homeless people
Accommodation: In a Catholic homeless shelter. Volunteers should be ready to contribute to the regular cleaning of the house Bethlehem during their stay (together with others).
Requirements: High level of motivation, willingness to associate with a difficult clientele, high frustration tolerance; German skills are an advantage.