Prices and Membership

Q. What is the deal with the donation?
A. We are not a business; we are a non-profit registered club (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein) and our daily needs (rent, group leader fees, supplies, website fees, tax preparation, etc., etc.) are covered by donations from our members, friends and visitors, plus untold hours of unpaid volunteer time. Virtually every event and meetup which we host involves expenses. To cover these costs, we do request a donation at most events.

Unlike some clubs or schools, we don’t require a yearly contract or long-term commitment, because we want to make our meetups available to as many different families as possible. Our goal is for our meetups to be as inexpensive and flexible as possible, while also being able to cover our costs and have a little planning reliability (we have great relationships with our group leaders and the organization who provides our premises, so canceling meetups at the last minute due to low attendance isn’t great).

Because of this, we’ve split the requested donation into three categories:

  • The visitors category is our standard donation is for families who only want to attend one or two meetups.
  • The friends category is a reduced donation for families who would like to donate for multiple meetups at a time (typically at least 5 meetups or about €70).
  • The members category is the lowest donation, for families who have signed up to for club membership (see below).

The donation structure for our current meetups is as follows:

MeetupVisitorsFriendsMembers
Toddler Group (45 min)8€7€6€
Preschool Group (90 min)16€14€12€
Reader Group (90 min)16€14€12€
Preteen Group (105 min)18€16€14€

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 members is less. Members 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 now take PayPal and bank transfer! We still accept cash at the moment, but we are moving to an all-digital approach because it dramatically reduces the complexity of admin on Saturdays.

We now have a bank account (IBAN: DE27100500000190958618) and PayPal. If you are sending a donation for an individual Saturday, try to transfer by Thursday night (or Friday night for Paypal) and send us a note if it’s a bank transfer, since it can take a couple of days to arrive in our account.

Bilingual Families

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 native English-speaking (e.g. 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 multilingual families.

Q. My family is not native German-speaking (e.g. we arrived in Germany recently and we don’t yet have any German-speakers in the family). 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 9:00-13:15 at the Beratungspraxis family first in Pankow – just around the corner from Rathaus Pankow. We are typically there on Saturdays except for Saturdays before, during and after school holidays. See our Calendar page if you are not sure! 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!