Prices and Membership
Q. What is the deal with the requested donation?
A. We are not a business; our club is member-run and depends on generous contributions of time, supplies and money from our members and friends. Events and meetups which we host generally involve one or more types of expense (rent, administrative costs, professional group leaders for a kids’ event, supplies, etc.). To cover these costs, we typically ask for a voluntary donation (generally 3 – 15€) at each event. Any money left over from these donations will go towards club projects like creating new meetups and building our new lending library of books and CDs, available to all members!
Q. What are the costs and benefits of becoming a member?
A. The membership fee is 49€ annually. These costs go to cover rent and administrative costs of events and the club in general (flyer printing, website hosting, etc.). Because members have already contributed to rent and administrative costs through the yearly membership fee, the voluntary donation we request from you is 3€ less than from non-members. This is true no matter how many events you attend or children you bring. As a member, you are also invited to every annual members’ meeting and have a vote in club affairs (including any changes in the membership fee and requested donations). Also please note: our membership year goes from August 1st to July 31st. If you join between February 1st and July 31st, you only pay 50% of the membership fee (24,50€) in the first year.
Q. Do you only take cash on the day, or are there other options for donation?
A. We are still in the process of getting our official documentation to allow us to get a bank account. Once we have this, we will be offering registered members the ability to make a larger donation and receive a card good for a specific number of group-leader-led sessions.
Q. My child is a “passive English speaker” – she understands English but prefers to respond in German. Can we join the meetups / become members?
A. Yes! We have many families like this, and the kids usually start to speak more English after they have been attending for a few weeks.
Q. My family is not entirely English-speaking (only one parent speaks English; or we speak German / other languages and my child attends a bilingual KiTa/school; or we are German / other but used to live in an English-speaking country). Can we join?
A. Definitely! Our club includes members from across the spectrum of bilingual and multingual families.
Q. We arrived in Germany recently and we don’t really have any German-speakers in the family (yet). Can we join?
A. Yes! We encourage English-speaking families who are learning German to join. Especially families whose children are “jumping in at the deep end” in German schools will find support here! Please contact us if you are interested in German as a Foreign Language tutoring, classes, etc. – we have contacts for both adults and children.
Meetup Times and Locations
Q. When and where are your meetups?
A. Our core club time is Saturdays 13:30 – 15:00 at the Helen Doron Learning Centre in Pankow – just around the corner from the Pankow train station. (If you think Pankow is too far from you, check Google or the BVG website – you may be surprised! We are less than 40 minutes from S Grunewald.) We are typically there every Saturday except for Saturdays before, during and after school holidays. For all non-core-hour meetups we typically need 7 steady attendees to cover costs – check with us to see if a meetup is on! We would also like to offer other meetups (also possibly on other days). If you have an idea for a meetup, talk to a member. We can help find a time, a room, even a group leader.
Please contact us if you have any questions, feedback or ideas!