Find your local peer

Tandem programs connect refugees who are new in Germany with people from Germany who want to help and build new friendships.

Peers support you in the process of arriving in Germany (e.g. sports, culture, university, cooking, friendships …). There are many different tandem programs all over Germany. We will find a suitable organization for you and your needs, which which will connect you with one of their volunteers.

How does it work?

  1. Fill out the form and click on send.
  2. We forward your request to a suitable tandem program.
  3. Within 2 weeks you will receive an answer from a tandem program in your city.

Please note that you must have basic English or German communication skills, as we currently do not have enough peers who speak other languages.


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About Patenmatch

You are new in Germany and looking for support to arrive in a positive way? Do you want to connect and make new friends? Tandem programs bring newcomers together with people in Germany who want to help and make new friends. Together with your peer you can, for example, find your way around the city, meet new people or learn a new language.

Throughout Germany there are many tandem organizations in different cities and with different offers (e.g. for families, students, seniors). takes care of the search for you and forwards your request directly to a suitable organization in your area that meets your needs.

The participation in a tandem program is completely free of charge for you.

The vision of is to help all people with refugee backgrounds in Germany to find a suitable peer for themselves in order to arrive in Germany easier and faster.

  • After you have registered at, you will receive an email to confirm your request. 
  • We search in our database for a tandem organization that matches your request (e.g. in your region).
  • The organization will receive a notification that you would like to be matched with a peer. You should receive a response from the organization within 2 weeks after your registration. bundles a large number of peer-matching organizations across Germany. The organizations are independent and act free from each other. All participating players are non-profit and run by charities, governmental organizations or NGOs. Participants include the German Red Cross, Start with a Friend, Balu und Du and various volunteer agencies.

In addition, the nonprofit organization ProjectTogether, as the initiator of, is in close exchange with the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. was started and is operated by ProjectTogether. ProjectTogether is a non-profit organization that enables social transformation through new forms of collaboration.

The organization initiated Alliance4Ukraine a few days after the Russian attack on Ukraine began. Alliance4Ukraine is an alliance of over 400 organizations to support refugees from Ukraine as well as from all other countries in Germany. The alliance is under the joint patronage of the Federal Minister of the Interior, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Integration and Refugees.

Participating peer-matching organizations

… and many more!