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. The work the volunteers do is as varied as the volunteers themselves. Students, alumni, retirees and many others enrich university life in many areas, including through:
- Helping foreign students to navigate administrative channels,
- Assisting visiting scientists and academics in the university guest house,
- Supervising in the different reference libraries,
- Participating in museum work.
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.
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.
Impressions of the event
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.
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.
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!
State Observatory | House of Astronomy - 4 June 2014
This year Heidelberg University volunteers gathered atop the Königstuhl to visit the House of Astronomy and the State Observatory. Accompanied by Stefanie Schwemmer of the observatory, they were first treated to a fascinating glimpse of our universe during a planetarium show at the House of Astronomy. Afterwards they enjoyed a small astronomy exhibit in the observatory as well as viewed the astronomical telescopes. On their return to the Old Town, the volunteers were greeted by Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, to wind down the evening with a convivial round in Marstall Hall.
Old University - 13 June 2013
This year Heidelberg University volunteers had the opportunity to become acquainted with the state rooms of Ruperto Carola. After a reception in the Bel Etage, Rector Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel welcomed the volunteers in the Great Hall and recognised them for their many years of dedication. Charlotte Lagemann then walked the volunteers through the history of the Great Hall, capped by a delightful performance of the Department of English Choir under the direction of Clayton Bowman. The evening closed with a relaxed dinner.