Information for students

Why volunteer?

Through volunteering, you can do your part for a better world! At the same time, volunteering can give you new insights into your academic subject and help you develop skills that you can use within your course and in your professional life after university.

By supporting charitable and community causes, you’ll show your ability to work as part of a team, solve problems, show initiative and take on responsibility. And that’s hugely important to future employers.

In many volunteering opportunities, you also create connections with people outside of campus and the university bubble, giving you new local contacts and also a more grounded perspective on life in Germany.

Individual Volunteering Opportunities

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If you are looking for an individual volunteering opportunity, there are many student initiatives as well as non-profit community organisations in Kassel welcoming people who would like to get involved.

Student initiatives

For individual volunteering opportunities, get in touch with one of the 40 student initiatives and non-profit student groups at the Universität Kassel!

Volunteering in Kassel

For opportunities outside the University, contact the Freiwilligenzentrum Kassel.

On their website, they offer a digital tool for researching volunteering opportunities: Engagement-Finder.

Service Learning at the University of Kassel


In Service Learning-seminars, theory and practical application of knowledge are combined. Students consolidate their learning by realising projects benefitting community and charitable organisations.


Seminars with Service Learning

Students participating in Service Learning-seminars earn credits for their studies, as Service Learning is integrated into the university curriculum.

You can find seminars with service learning-components in the course catalogue/HIS-LSF.


The SchlüsSL-Seminar is a seminar that combines modules teaching key competencies such as project management and communication skills with direct practical application by planning a project for a non-profit community organisation.

The seminar is offered every term. In 2020/2021, you can also take a newly offered SchlüsSL-seminar with a focus on intercultural communication skills. Students from all departments can participate and earn credits for their additive key competence skills. The course language is German.

Service Learning at the Universität Kassel is shaped by three criteria:

  1. Students create real community impact in answer to a clearly stated need of the community partner
  2. Students' community-service experiences are linked to academic teaching; students reflect and evaluate their learning experiences.
  3. Students meet relevant stakeholders or people with different social backgrounds

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Dr. Imke-Marie Badur
UniKasselTransfer | Service Learning und gesellschaftliches Engagement
Universitätsplatz 12 | 34109 Kassel
+49 561 804-7469

Katharina Leinius
Contact person for international students
+49 561 804-2818

Office Hours

Every Thursday, 10:00 to 11:00 Uhr

Consultation in German and English

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