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SoFiA is powered by the people who contribute their time, their experiences and their commitment. This is possible in very diverse and different ways - according to their interests, preferences, ability and time available. Important is the SoFiA – Spirit.

  • Host families for volunteers from abroad

    Especially in the initial phase of the voluntary service the host families play an important role by giving the volunteers a home, security and support. Beyond the families are also an important port of call for many volunteers in case they need a break from their work site during the voluntary service.

  • Coaching

    During the volunteers first four weeks staying in Germany the coaches will help and give the volunteers assistance upon arrival. How do I buy a ticket? How much are the eggs? How do I open a bank account? Where do I meet people in my age? With all these questions the coaches accompany the new volunteers from abroad.

  • To get member of Sofia e.V.

    To get a club member of Sofia e.V.

    After an amendment in March 2014, it is now possible that natural persons can be members eV in Sofia. This allows individuals to work for SoFiA e.V. - to support and actively participate in the association's work.

    To become a club member at SoFiA, please fill out the application for membership and send it to the specified address by mail. 

    Application for membership

  • Educational team

    The educational team consists of former volunteers, organizing the preparation and support of the current volunteers as well as the follow-up and a retrospective reflection after their service abroad. The educational team is meeting once a year to deliberate on the work of the previous year and to plan the upcoming. In addition, there is at least one annual training course about a specific topic for the members of the team.

    Get in contact with the educational team: Anne Ferner-Steuer anne.ferner-steuer(at)bgv-trier.de

  • Editorial team

    The editorial team is composed as well by former SoFiA-volunteers, editing the regular newsletter and mailings to be published in the SoFiA blog.

    Collaboration in the editorial team isn’t tied to any particular place. Which is a possibility to actively support and being part of the SoFiA network from anywhere in the world. Former volunteers, who aren’t available for educational work, who live far away or don’t have much time on their hands are very welcome to take this chance playing an active role within SoFiA.

    Get in contact with the educational team: Anne Ferner-Steuer anne.ferner-steuer(at)bgv-trier.de

  • Donations

    Our volunteers become involved giving their time and capacity for work. And you, too, have the possibility of becoming involved financially. We are grateful for every amount, no matter how small, and will keep you posted about our work. So you will receive the newspaper “SoFiA’s World” three times a year with news and circulars from volunteers.

    If you should have decided to support SoFiA financially or wish for further information, our management will be pleased to receive your data:

    Soziale Friedensdienste Im Ausland
    - Bistum Trier e.V.
    Jesuitenstraße 13
    54290 Trier
    Phone: (0651) 993796-306
    Fax: (0651) 993796-444
    e-mail: sofia(at)soziale-lerndienste.de


    According to a written confirmation by Trier Tax Office of 28.06.2011, SoFiA e.V. serves exclusively and directly charitable purposes entitled to tax relief in the sense of §§ 51 ff of the Fiscal Code. SoFiA e.V. is entitled to issue donation receipts for fiscal purposes. Membership dues are deductible in accordance with § 10 b Income Tax Act, § 9 no. 3 Corporation Tax Act. Donations and monies from support organisations are used exclusively for the volunteers and the implementation of their actual service. Administrative costs, in particular the infrastructure with regard to personnel and material, are borne by the Diocese of Trier.

    (Information on the use of our funds

    Particulars of our bank account

    Account number: 300 54 97 018
    with Pax Bank Trier, sort code: 585 602 94
    IBAN: DE75 3706 0193 3005 4970 18