Dedicated Volunteerism

The members of Heidelberg University are an expression of a vital community consisting of teachers, students, non-academic staff and volunteers. Without the exemplary dedication of countless volunteers, the university’s day-to-day operations and the constant development of all that it offers would simply not be the same.

Heidelberg University has a long tradition of volunteerism. Most volunteers are already retired but are closely linked to the University since they worked at institutes, the administration or as professors. People that do not have any connection to the University can get involved. There are varied options to do so, such aus:

  • Participating in museum work,
  • Data input, Herbarium of the Botanic Gardens,
  • Support of students with disabilities or a chronic disease and
  • Proofreading service for students of the Institute of German as a Foreign Language Philology.

To express its gratitude to the volunteers, the rectorate organises an appreciation event every year where experiences can be shared, old contacts renewed and new contacts made. Below, you will find some highlights from past events.

Old Lecture Hall – June 27, 2019

Despite high temperatures, many volunteers of Heidelberg University took the opportunity to get in touch with other volunteer co-workers at this year’s voluntary appreciation event. Prior to the cozy get-together, the guests were greeted by Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel in the Old Lecture Hall of the Old University. Then, Prof. Dr. Henry Keator offered an introduction into the field of art forgery. He not only focused on the moral but also on the technical aspect of a forgery by explaining what turns an object into a forgery, for instance. The Collegium Musicum excited the audience with its brass ensemble.

Highlights of the event

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St Peter’s Church – June 21, 2018

The volunteers of Heidelberg University met for the eleventh time, following the invitation of the Rector. This year’s event took place at St Peter’s Church. In his speech, Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwier, the University Preacher, stressed the special bond between Heidelberg University and the church and informed about the historic development of the church. The music was provided by the brass ensemble UniBrass as well as the chamber choir of the Collegium Musicum under the direction of UMD Michael Sekulla. The evening closed with a “Heavenly dinner” in the university cafeteria, in the presence of Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel.

Prof. Schwier

Heidelberg Center for American Studies – June 28, 2017

“America” was the motto of this year’s voluntary appreciation event in the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). Dr. Wilfried Mausbach, Executive Director of the HCA, gave a speech on President Trump's second 100 days in office. The string quartet of the Collegium Musicum created the perfect American atmosphere. Besides, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel did not want to miss the opportunity to thank the volunteers in person. The American buffet of the Studierendenwerk marked the end of a pleasant evening for everyone.

Dr Wilfried Mausbach

Marsilius-College – June 9, 2016

Just a few weeks after the relocation of the Marsilius-College to the Neuenheimer Feld, the volunteers of Heidelberg University had the opportunity to get to know the new premises. Having been welcomed by the rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel, Mr. Ridinger, Division for Foundations and Assets, then gave a brief introduction to the construction of the Marsilius Arkaden. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller, director of the Marsilius-College, gave an overview of the mission of the Marsilius-College, followed by Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun’s who provided insights into some current research projects. Our musical act consisting of members of the Capella Carolina under the direction of Prof. Franz Wassermann provided excellent entertainment.

Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Bernhard Eitel

Musicology Department – June 30, 2015

On a hot summer’s day, the volunteers of Heidelberg University had the opportunity to take part in a very special event, this year. Having been welcomed by the Vice-President of International Affairs Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann, and having enjoyed some culinary delights in the “Marstallsaal”, our volunteers attended a marionette opera at the Musicology Department. Dr. Joachim Steinheur’s team excited the audience with its vocal, instrumental and artistic performance: Marionettes dancing to music by Mozart, Schubert and Bellini – a real pleasure!

Dr Joachim Steinheuer