"Catholic Berlin" offers students in the Notre Dame Berlin summer program the opportunity to engage with the Berlin community in a very personal way. It entails a cooperation between Notre Dame and Canisius Kolleg, a coeducational, private and Catholic Gymnasium in Berlin, Germany directed by the Jesuits. Throughout the summer, Notre Dame Berlin students have the chance to meet with students and faculty of Canisius, both formally and informally. Additionally, Canisius offers NDB students opportunities for small "internships" working with the school's youth groups, or helping out with tutoring for refugee students in the Welcome Classes. These events and opportunities are outlined below.
Catholic Berlin Events
June 4: Opening Mass
June 7: First Picnic with ISG
June 19: Soccer Tournament
June 24: Visit to Gedenkkirche Maria Regina Martyrum
July 5: Farewell Blessing and Picnic
Welcome Classes Tutoring
Notre Dame students have the opportunity to help out and interact with refugee students in the "Wilkommensklassen," or Welcome Classes, at Canisius Kolleg. There are opportunities to volunteer in German, English, Math, and Natural Science classes.
Sign Up Sheet: German Speakers
Sign Up Sheet: Non-German Speakers
After-School Program Tutoring
There are also opportunities to help out with the after-school program at Canisius Kolleg. This might involve tutoring younger students with homework, helping out with crafts and fun projects, playing board games, or reading with kids.
Sign Up Sheet
You will be working with Inklusionsschüler (Inclusion Students). These are refugee students who come from a number of different countries. They have worked hard in the Welcome Classes to learn German and get up-to-speed on other subjects (including English) such that they have now integrated into classes with other German students. They bring with them unique life experiences. You will hopefully get chance to get to know one particular inclusion student over the course of a close, big-little type of relationship with them.
Sign Up Sheet
For those who are interested in singing and meeting Berliners who like to sing, the choir at Herz-Jesu church is a great opportunity! The choir meets Wednesdays at 8pm and practices usually take about an hour and a half. If you're interested in joining, email Ryan.