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02/10/2021

Johannes opens doors to integration with his bees

The beekeeper passes on his passion for honey to refugees. When he comes to the refugee home to hold workshops on bees and beekeeping, a bit of normality returns.

First and foremost, I enjoy volunteering. I'm really into it. Since I am a frequent visitor at a refugee home, I have become well acquainted with its residents. The children always come running while asking: "Is there any honey today? ". With the "Little Beekeeping," we not only create a habitat for bees but at the same time, pass on the craft of beekeeping to refugees. The outcome and the reactions I get from these people fill me up as I realize that my deeds reach the right audience. I do it for the people who live here - and yes, that makes me happy.

© GoVolunteer (Fotocredit: Sebastian Stöhr)

„I got involved without knowing exactly what I was getting myself into. I slowly realized what the project was all about and have not regretted being a part of it.“

Johannes

I came to the project by chance through an acquaintance who has also been beekeeping for many years. He had been involved in the transitional home for a long time through the 1. FC Union Berlin foundation, and, finally, gave me an idea to set up, run this project and plan the workshops. Since I live only 200 meters away and have ties to the neighbourhood, my answer was clear to me relatively quickly. I got involved without knowing exactly what I was getting myself into. I slowly realized what the project was all about and have not regretted being a part of it.

Picture of two men side by side. They are looking into a house bee. © GoVolunteer (Fotocredit: Sebastian Stöhr)

I think that I am lucky enough to state that I have been leading a privileged life, which I do not take for granted. I know that there are a lot of people who have to carry very different weights on their shoulders, and I want to give them a perspective and promote self-responsibility. I have been supported many times in my life and have received a lot of encouragement. Now I feel that I am in a position where I can give something back to society.

Because bees are currently in the dormitory, I am the only person living outside the dormitory who can visit during the lockdown. These visits allow me to bring a bit of normality to the facilities, and the residents always appreciate that. I would encourage everyone to get involved in various projects and volunteer as it really does put a smile on the faces of those you support.

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Text: The pictures of Johannes are from the series "Volunteers of Berlin - Die Hauptstadtheld:Innen", photo courtesy of GoVolunteer. For more information, please visit:

Türöffner e.V.

Türöffner e.V. supports refugees in entering the labour market. The association arranges internships, apprenticeships and jobs and supports both the refugees and the companies in all related legal, organisational and preparatory matters.

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