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06/01/2021

Christa introduces senior citizens to the Internet

Christa is committed to combating loneliness in old age. After years of experience in volunteer visiting services, she now runs an Internet café for seniors in Pankow. Here she tries to enable the 50+ generation to lead a more self-determined life and to strengthen digital skills by supporting them in using smartphones, tablets and the like.

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My name is Christa Engl. I am 64 years old and have been volunteering for 16 years. Volunteering allows me to use my strengths to get involved socially and meet a variety of interesting people.  

At the beginning of my professional career, I was a lecturer in the senior citizens' recreation center "Bruno Taut" in Britz. Later I became a part-time self-employed lecturer. In the following voluntary work, I was active for seven years for the visiting service of the district office Treptow-Köpenick.  

„During this time, I realized how little socially integrated and lonely many senior citizens were, even on their birthdays. That awakened the desire to change something and actively help people communicate digitally with their loved ones.“

Christa Engl

I found this opportunity in the senior Internet café "Weltenbummler" in Pankow, which I am running for six years now. The Seniors Internet Café is a project of the Seniors Office "Am Puls" of the Humanist Association Berlin-Brandenburg. In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, it is often an insurmountable hurdle, especially for our older fellow citizens, to get to grips with topics relating to the Internet, smartphones, and tablets. That is where I come in with a team of volunteer instructors at "Weltenbummler”. 

Senior Internet Café "Weltenbummler" of the Humanist Association of Germany

The Senior Internet Café "Weltenbummler" of the Humanist Association of Germany is an institution that contributes to the promotion of a self-determined lifestyle in old age by improving the media skills of the 50 plus generation. They support your start on the computer, smartphone and tablet, provide assistance in the daily use of digital media, keep you up to date with the latest developments and offer various opportunities to exchange experiences and spend leisure time together.

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