Buddy Project – Integration through friendship
Integration, learning languages and finding friends can be difficult in a foreign country. We want everybody to feel at home in Dresden and to cross cultural borders.
Please note that our services for international researchers are for PhD students and higher from DRESDEN-concept partner institutions only. Dresden locals are excluded from that rule.
About the project
The Buddy-Project aims to connect international researchers in Dresden and Dresden locals for an intercultural exchange, framed by friendship. We would like researchers to have a pleasant time meeting locals and finding a person of trust for all daily questions.
Exploring Dresden and its surroundings with excursions, museum visits or bar evenings not only enriches the researchers, but also gives locals the opportunity to take a break from everyday life and to rediscover the beautiful Elbflorenz.
Furthermore, the project enables every Buddy to learn a new language directly from a native speaker and if necessary gives the chance to improve the respective English skills together. Also sharing traditions and cultures, for example through cooking local dishes together is a fantastic experience. The project brings the cultural vacation practically right on one’s doorstep and, on the other hand, makes it easier to settle in Germany.
We spent almost 3 hours in a Biergarten next to the Elbe, talking (in German!) about all sorts of stuff. It was great!
About the program, I am personally really happy and grateful for the contact. It is an amazing initiative for newcomers to have a friendly connection in the city.