What is Together in Germany?

Together in Germany – Your community platform for all questions about life in Germany

On Together in Germany (TiG) you can meet people from your community. Here you can ask your questions about life in Germany, exchange ideas and network in a safe digital space.

The Forum is in 8 different languages: English, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, French, Farsi/Dari, Ukrainian and German
 

The Community Forum - Strong together!

Can my employer dismiss me if I fall ill? When do I get a permanent residence permit? Where can I find a free German course? And am I entitled to housing subsidies? Do you have these or other questions?

Then the TiG Forum is the right place for you!

You will get answers directly from the community. If the community members don't know what to do, our moderators will help you find an answer.

You don't have a specific question, but want to exchange ideas with other people from your community or share your experience and knowledge? Then sign up and get started!

 

TiG brings the advice directly to you!

Your question is very specific? The TiG moderators will direct you to professional consultants. We won't leave you alone with your question!

 

About the project

Exchange ideas with the community, network and find advice: On TiG you can find everything in one place! Behind the idea of Together in Germany are the creators of the information portal Handbook Germany, which informs people in eight languages about life in Germany. Because more and more people are turning to the Handbook Germany team with direct questions, they have now enlisted the support of TiG. The two projects work closely together.

TiG is a joint project of the New German Media Makers (Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen e.V.), the Federal Association of Protestant Youth Social Work (BAG EJSA e.V.) and the German-speaking Society for Psychosocial Online Counseling (DGOB e.V.)

The TiG Team - From the Community for the Community

The community platform is accompanied by an international team that brings to the forum a broad knowledge on topics such as residence, law, social affairs, work, health, family and education.

 

 

Moderators

Yara Almunaizel

Moderator English

Yara studied International Relations and Politics in Sweden and Scotland with a focus on the Mashreq region. She gained her first professional experience at various NGOs in Palestine / Israel. Before Yara came to TiG, she worked as a social worker with refugee children in Berlin. In her free time she organizes an annual Palestinian art and culture festival in Berlin.

 

Golshan Fayal

Moderator Farsi

Before Golshan came to TiG, she was a social worker for migrants and refugees (e.g. at the German Red Cross and trixiewiz e.V.). She has a lot of experience working as a consultant for women and volunteers in feminist collectives. During her studies of English linguistics, she discovered her passion for political theory and has since worked as a translator for critical literature.

 

Tanja Friesen

Moderator German

Tanja studied International Relations and Political Science in Berlin and Moscow. She first gained her experience in development cooperation, before switching to counseling on asylum and residency rights. Tanja is active in various organizations on the topic of migration politics. She currently occupies herself with sustainability in her everyday life and is learning how to juggle.

 

Osama Ramadan

Moderator Arabic

Osama studied business informatics, non-profit management, and public governance with a focus on civil society and NGOs, in Syria and Berlin. Before joining TiG Osama worked in various projects in the field of integration, social participation, and career counselling. Osama is interested topics such as: human rights, conflict management and political participation.

 

Tuğba Kıratlı-Spriewald

Moderator Turkish

Tuğba is a Sociologist. Before coming to TiG she worked in Turkey as a supervisor and psycho-social consultant for refugees. Tuğba is especially knowledgeable in topics such as: Protection of children, LGBTQI rights and support in cases of sexual violence. In her free time she is active in migrant activist networks and feminist initiatives in Germany and Turkey.

 

Sophie Wade

Moderator French

Sophie is from Senegal and received her doctorate in languages and cultures of Africa from the University of Cologne. She moved to Berlin in 2019 and worked as an editor for LoNam Magazine. Since empowerment and inclusion of people with a migratory experience are topics dear to her, she coordinated the community project Sprace2Grow. Sophie is also active in initiatives for the self-determination of refugees and migrants, as well as initiatives for development cooperation.

 

Yuliya Spillane

Moderator Ukrainian

Yuliya is a social worker. In 2012, after studying philosophy in Liviv, she came to Berlin to study social work at the Alice Salomon University. She is very familiar with questions related to applying for social benefits, looking for apprenticeships, arranging medical care and migration counselling. As a founding member of the Ukrainian cinema club Berlin, Cinemova e.V., she is committed to making the Ukraine more visible in Germany.

Project staff

Elona Beqiraj

Student employee

Elona studies political science and supports TiG in the area of public relations and networking. As an author, in her poetry collection "und wir kamen jeden sommer" (and we came every summer), she makes the feeling of being torn as well as the question of belonging and not belonging in Germany poetically tangible. She deals with anti-racism and is currently directing an activist art project for Gorki X at the Maxim Gorki Theater in memory of the victims of the NSU complex.

 

Mosjkan Ehrari

Project Coordinator

Mosjkan Ehrari is a journalist and filmmaker. Her journalistic career began in radio (RBB). This was followed by many years of work as an editor, radio writer and freelance foreign correspondent. She has realized numerous film projects in Germany, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan and Greece. In addition, she conceives and realizes projects as a director/VJ for foundations, NGOs and institutions and maintains a content-related and artistic cooperation with the Community Art Center in Mannheim (theater). For the Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen she is a trainer/speaker in the data journalistic trainings of Google News Lab. She leads the project "Handbook Germany" and is co-project coordinator of TiG.

 

Phuong Nguyen

Technical Project Manager

Phuong is responsible for technical project management at TiG. Her responsibilities also include monitoring the progress of the project and managing it with the technical partners. She first gained experience in project management as a volunteer for the exhibition agency beier-wellach.de, where she helped oversee the agency's website relaunch. She then worked for seven years as an account manager and consultant for international tech companies. In addition to managing B2B digital customer campaigns, she implemented digital products and conducted customer trainings and workshops. Prior to TiG, she worked as a project manager at ReDI School of Integration, designing and leading educational workshops on digital topics (such as digital storytelling, basic programming for refugee children and youth).

 

Shubh Panwala

Student Assistant - Technical Support

Shubh studies computer science in Brandenburg and supports the team in overcoming all challenges in the technical area.

 

Julia Portnowa

Networking and public relations

Julia studied political and social science in Dresden, Granada and Berlin. As a staff member at various NGOs in the field of human rights and political education, she was responsible for the development and implementation of international projects and campaigns. During her master studies she co-founded the educational and media project "ActiveYOUkraine - Digital Stories of New Activism" and curated various cultural projects in Europe and the Caucasus. Besides her work at TiG, Julia participates as an author in cultural debates between East and West and is part of the artist collective eastKost.

 

Sabine Roßmann

Project Coordinator

Sabine Roßmann studied sociology, psychology and law in Passau, Bielefeld and St. Petersburg. During her studies, she worked for various NGOs on the topics of human rights and political education in Germany and Russia. In Berlin, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Eastern European Studies at the Freie Universität and was involved in a local refugee initiative. She mentored and accompanied refugees and worked, among other things, as a German teacher for newly arrived refugees and in content product management for the online platform clarat. Since March 2018 she has been working for "Handbook Germany" and since 2019 she has also been the co-project coordinator of TiG.

 

Julia Scheurer

Project Manager

Julia studied political science, was active in university politics and did political work at MediBüro Berlin and KuB e.V.. She organized memorial trips to the former women's concentration camp Ravensbrück and initiated the exhibition project manufacturingrace.org, which reappraises and critically remembers the colonial past of the buildings of Freie Universität Berlin. As an advisor to the Landesflüchtlingsrat NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia State Refugee Council), she has engaged in political lobbying for humane asylum and residence policies in Germany. Most recently, she headed a network coordination office in the field of labor market access for refugees in Berlin. Since January 2022, she has taken over the project management of TiG.

 

 

Elcin Ylmaz

Intern

Elcin studied radio, film and television production in Istanbul and is currently studying visual communication in Stuttgart. In her studies, Elcin deals with the topics of forced migration, migration, gender-based sexualized violence, homophobia, transphobia and gender stereotypes. Her goal is to raise awareness about such taboo topics by exposing the harsh realities in her work. In her spare time, she continues her education in art therapy. She wants to learn to provide a safe space for oppressed people to express themselves and reveal their deep feelings. At TiG, she develops designs for the platform and outreach.