FAQs

1. How can I get involved?

2. How long does a voluntary engagement last?

3. How can I find the voluntary engagement that fits me?

4. How can I prepare to form my voluntary work?


1. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Everyone. Every person can decide to participate in volunteer engagement. Often people join groups and organizations which share the same interests in order to work towards a common goal together, for example organizing a cultural event, founding a social start-up, or representing student interests towards the university. You can also join already existing groups. Our online platform “Find Engagement” offers an overview of groups that you can join at Goethe University or the Rhine-Main-Area.


2. HOW LONG DOES A VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT LAST?

The length of volunteering varies between a few days, months, or years. This depends on your own time limitations or the type of voluntary engagement you want to join. Some engagements are shorter, such as planning a single event, while other organizations might work on a project or objective for a longer time span. If you are unsure how much time you have next to your studies, you can initially start with a short term activity and then evaluate if a long term voluntary engagement is possible for you.


3. HOW CAN I FIND THE VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT THAT FITS ME?

A volunteer engagement, which occurs during your free time, should be interesting to you and bring you joy. Additionally, you can contribute your knowledge to volunteering and familiarize yourself with new, exciting topics that are important for personal and professional development. This is why you should ask yourself the following questions when looking for a voluntary engagement:

  • Which topics are especially interesting to me?

  • How can I contribute to society?

  • How can I find a balance with my studies?

  • What would I like to do professionally after graduation?

We can support you in your search for the right volunteer engagement. Just send us an E-Mail to engagement@uni-frankfurt.de.

Additionally, our engagement platform “Find Engagement” offers insight into different areas of volunteer work.


4. HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY VOLUNTARY ENGAGEMENT?

The answer to this question depends on what it is you want to do. On the one hand, you can prepare yourself professionally for a specific job by attending special courses, e.g. help founding an organization, promote it, or build a network. You might also need more input when it comes to social media skills. On the other hand, you might want to find out more about yourself in general, e.g. what kind of team player you are and how you can solve conflicts constructively. In our Training Centre, you will find a wide range of workshops: Let yourself be inspired and contact us for further information.