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.
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|
|Montag||10.00 - 12.00||Kirchgemeindehaus Grünau, Bändlistrasse 15||mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch|
|Montag||15.00 - 17.00||Zentrum Migrationskirchen, Rosengartenstrasse 1, 1. Stock||mit Kinderbetreuung|
|Montag||18.30 - 20.30||Kulturhaus Helferei, Kirchgasse 13||Kleine Gruppe|
|Dienstag||10.00 - 12.00||Augustinerkirche, Augustinerhof 8||mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch|
|Dienstag||18.30 - 20.30||Ref. Landeskirche, Hirschengraben 50|
|Mittwoch||10.00 - 12.00||Pfarrei St. Felix und Regula, Hirzelstrasse 20||Mittagstisch im Anschluss|
|Mittwoch||14.00 - 16.00||Kirche Fluntern, Gellertstrasse 1||mit Kinderbetreuung|
|Donnerstag||10.00 - 12.00||Cramerstrasse 7||C1. Anmelden bei email@example.com|
|Freitag||10.00 - 12.00||Offener St. Jakob, Stauffacherstrasse 8||mit Kinderbetreuung und Mittagstisch|
|Freitag||13.15 - 15.00||Cramerstrasse 7||B1 und B2. Anmelden bei firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Samstag||10.00 - 12.00||AKI, Hirschengraben 86|
|Samstag||10.00 - 12.00||Kirchgemeinde Erlöser, Zollikerstrasse 160||mit Mittagstisch|
|Sonntag||16.00 - 18.00||Reformierte 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|
|Montag||12.00 Uhr||Kirchgemeindehaus Grünau, Bändlistrasse 15||im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs|
|Dienstag||12.00 Uhr||Augustinerkirche, Augustinerhof 8||im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs|
|Mittwoch||12.00 Uhr||Pfarrei St. Felix und Regula, Hirzelstrasse 20||im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs|
|Freitag||12.00 Uhr||Offener St. Jakob, Stauffacherstrasse 8||im Anschluss an den Deutschkurs|
|Samstag||12.00 Uhr||Kirchgemeinde Erlöser, Zollikerstrasse 160||gemeinsames Kochen am Vormittag|
|Dienstag||12.00 Uhr||Ref. Kirchgemeindehaus, Kanzleistrasse 37||im 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, email@example.com
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.
more information on www.friendsonbikes.ch
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 044 943 15 11
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 076 527 61 93
Glattbrugg: Christoph Albrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org, 044 266 21 26
Urdorf: Geri Meili, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
questions: Mercedes Nötzli und Lucrezia Bernetta, email@example.com
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.
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.