All journeys end...
A non-profit “Welcome”-service for refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants by the residents of Austria
GET TO KNOW AUSTRIA WITH A RESIDENT
MEET A FRIENDLY LOCAL
LEARN ABOUT AUSTRIA
UNDERSTAND AUSTRIANS CULTURE, ETIQUETTE AND TABOOS
TRAIN THE GERMAN LANGUAGE
… AND FEEL LIKE HOME
THE WELCOMING TOURS
WALKING PATHS TOGETHER
AUSTRIAN RESIDENTS FROM ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS
FRIENDLY PEOPLE SPEAKING MANY LANGUAGES
VOLUNTEERS WHO LOVE THEIR PLACE AND WANT TO SHARE IT
TESTIMONIALS, VOICES AND ACTIVITIES
Welcomingtours aren’t merely meant to help refugees and migrants to feel more at home in Austria, they should also facilitate debates about mutual tolerance, democracy, human rights and freedom of religion. However, not only does that require empathy and communication, but also courage to talk about sensitive issues.
The thing liked most about Welcomingtours was, that it could be used to learn and practice the German language.
That was a funny and incredibly interesting evening. My new Syrian friends did the cooking, and we talked about many exciting topics. I can only recommend everybody to take part in such an integration programme or association.
Being a migrant myself I had to discover how things work around here on my own and how lovely it would have been to get some welcoming tips upon my arrival five years ago! Therefore, I met a Syrian. We went through lots of different things and topics, sharing my experience of living in Vienna as an expat and identified an area I can support with. I introduced him to the Impact Hub Vienna with the hope this sparkles his interest in some volunteer work with all the beautiful implications of being a member of the Impact Hub Community: making new friends, using a space you can chill and study from, engage in interesting discussions and perhaps find a job in the future. All in all, it was great.
I have met a young Syrian in the first district. We went for a coffee in a traditional Viennese Kaffehaus and had a nice conversation, mainly about his experience traveling from Syria to Europe and the first year living in Austria. I also talked about me, Portugal and my integration experience in Vienna. We are in contact via Whats app and I hope to meet him again sometime. I‘ve sent him some links to free or very affordable German courses.
Great project, especially for me, since I’m rarely ever able to donate money or supplies.
The meeting was very very nice. Really I want to thank you a lot that you give me a chance to know people from Austria.
l would like to appreciate you and your team to start such a helpful social initiative for refugees, visitors and expats! Via your initiative, it was pleasure to meet Elke, who is very nice Welcomer and guide.
I wanna thank you for introducing me to the people. They were very nice and lovley people!
I am very proud because I am here in this country between kind and nice people. Thank you very much for this idea. I am looking to get to know people and learn German.
Welcomingtours is really fantastic and we need it hardly!