Start with a Friend

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The story behind SwaF

Our story began with a small group of friends, with the shared vision of bringing together refugees and locals and to strengthen bonds and social networks. This is why our team sat down in Berlin, end of 2014, to found “start with a friend” – a organization that matches tandems between refugees and locals and has as it’s prime goal, to create tolerance and friendship. Since then start with a friend has grown: we can now proudly say we are represented in more than 20 cities around Germany, and even in Austria! Through this, many paths of people have crossed, which would have probably never met by natural encouter. It has been a fun ride and we are excited about what the future holds for us.


Become part of the team!

We are always looking for volunteers, that want to become active and help us out where help is needed. There are many ways to be a part of start with a friend:



you can find the represented cities on our website. If you want to become part of our volunteer team, and work in the areas of eventmanagement, PR or tandemmatching, send us an email!



our heart of the organization, the tandems. If you want to find a new friend and help a refugee, register yourself on our website and we will find a fit for you!



You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook 🙂