All our projects are free and always open to new participants. We welcome all participants and volunteers who want to be an active part of our projects.

German Lessons

Learning German is crucial for social participation. As many asylum seekers and sans-papiers do not have access to fee-based German courses, we provide free German lessons. We offer courses for different levels. On most sites we provide child-care during lessons. New students can always join. No registration is required. We encourage regular attendance.


Deutschkurse Stadt Zürich   
Montag10.00 - 12.00Kirchgemeindehaus Grünau, Bändlistrasse 15mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch
Montag15.00 - 17.00Zentrum Migrationskirchen, Rosengartenstrasse 1, 1. Stockmit Kinderbetreuung
Montag18.30 - 20.30Kulturhaus Helferei, Kirchgasse 13Kleine Gruppe
Dienstag10.00 - 12.00Augustinerkirche, Augustinerhof 8mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch
Dienstag18.30 - 20.30Ref. Landeskirche, Hirschengraben 50
Mittwoch10.00 - 12.00Pfarrei St. Felix und Regula, Hirzelstrasse 20Mittagstisch im Anschluss
Mittwoch14.00 - 16.00Kirche Fluntern, Gellertstrasse 1mit Kinderbetreuung
Donnerstag10.00 - 12.00Cramerstrasse 7C1. Anmelden bei
Freitag10.00 - 12.00Offener St. Jakob, Stauffacherstrasse 8mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch
Freitag13.15 - 15.00Cramerstrasse 7B1 und B2. Anmelden bei
Samstag10.00 - 12.00AKI, Hirschengraben 86
Samstag10.00 - 12.00Kirchgemeinde Erlöser, Zollikerstrasse 160mit Mittagstisch
Sonntag16.00 - 18.00Reformierte Kirche, Höhenring 56


At several sites we serve free, hot lunch after the lesson. These lunches provide an important opportunity for social exchange.

Mittagstische Stadt Zürich   
Montag12.00 UhrKirchgemeindehaus Grünau, Bändlistrasse 15im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs
Dienstag12.00 UhrAugustinerkirche, Augustinerhof 8im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs
Mittwoch12.00 UhrPfarrei St. Felix und Regula, Hirzelstrasse 20im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs
Freitag12.00 UhrOffener St. Jakob, Stauffacherstrasse 8im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs
Samstag12.00 UhrKirchgemeinde Erlöser, Zollikerstrasse 160gemeinsames Kochen am Vormittag
Mittagstische Winterthur
Dienstag12.00 UhrRef. Kirchgemeindehaus, Kanzleistrasse 37im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs

Trips, Sports and Leisure

Weekly Trips in the Zurich Region

Once a week, Solinetz organizes a small excursion in the region of Zurich. Anyone who likes hiking is welcome to simply turn up and join. Solinetz pays tickets and food for refugees.

Saturday, 13.30 Uhr
Treffpunkt Hauptbahnhof Zürich (Grosse Uhr)
questions: Peter Edelsbrunner und Tatjana Rengel, 076 592 35 53,

Cycling Lessons from friends on bikes

Cycling is great fun, cheap and increases your freedom of movement. As many refugees have not learned how to ride a bike, this group offers cycling lessons at GZ Bachwiesen. Once participants have mastered the art of cycling, we go on little trips together as a group to learn about traffic rules and to explore the neighbourhood.

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Holiday Camp

Reformierte Landeskirche (Reformed Protestant Church), in collaboration with Solinetz and the Catholic Church, organizes a holiday camp for refugee families every summer. The camp lets these families enjoy a few eventful and carefree days.

Once in a year in the summer holidays.
questions: Rémy Beusch,, 044 943 15 11

Sowing Workshop

A trained seamstress teaches us how to use a sowing machine and to make our own clothes. If you are interested, just come round and have a look. Places are limited.

Dienstag, 14.00 – 17.00

OFF (Ort für Frauen)
Zollikerstrasse 76, 8008 Zürich

Questions: Ursi Kündig,



School Visits

Many school children are curious to meet a refugee in person. Whereas migration and refugees have received wide media coverage, personal contacts are rare. Our school visits group bridges this gap. We go into schools where face-to-face discussions allow for a valuable exchange between students and refugees.
Our group welcomes anyone who would like to join us on our school visits and is open to talk about his or her experiences.

questions: Natalie Pfister,, 078 768 94 04

Visits to Emergency Shelters (NUKs)

Emergency shelters (NUKs) are often located far away from the city or town centre. People on emergency aid are often isolated. With the CHF 8.50 they receive per day, they cannot afford public transport. Solinetz volunteers visit people in the shelters, thereby creating precious contacts.

Adliswil: Hanna Gerig,, 076 527 61 93
Glattbrugg: Christoph Albrecht,, 044 266 21 26
Urdorf: Geri Meili,

Prison Visits Group

This group visits people detained at the airport prison at Zurich Kloten Airport to be deported. We go to see the prisoners to break their isolation and to show them that there is someone in the “outside world” who cares. We are there to talk, listen and to show solidarity. We receive requests for visits directly from the prisoners via a sign-up form.

questions: Charlotte Acakpo,

Support and Encounters


The 1:1- project matches refugees with volunteers to form (individual) pairs. Volunteers support refugees according to their needs and help them to learn German, find a place to live or a job, translate letters, support them in different situations in their daily lives or organize activities with them. Regular personal contact in a give-and-take context fosters mutual understanding. Anyone interested in a “tandem” is welcome to sign up.

Sign up with this formular
1:1 for volunteers

1:1 for refugees

questions: Mercedes Nötzli und Lucrezia Bernetta,


Solidesk is a mobile help desk for refugees. Volunteers offer help with official letters and communication with authorities. Solidesk volunteers cannot offer legal counsel. Solidesk is supposed to be a first point of contact, which points people in the right direction. Solidesk is always present during the German classes Friday from 10 to 13 Uhr at Stauffacherstrasse 8, Zürich.

Regional Groups

Solinetz has Regional Groups in different municipalities outside of Zurich. It is important for local people and refugees to meet where people live and to be able to build a common future. Hence, in Adliswil, Dietikon, Urdorf, Uster, Regensdorf and Winterthur, we offer free German classes and other Solinetz projects, to which we’re always happy to welcome new participants and volunteers.