The Welcoming Hosts is a program designed to give newcomers an insight into the Sonderborg area’s cultural life, the Danish society (and language), make them familiar with the local community and expand their social network.
You and your match will meet at least once a month for a minimum of 2 hours.
There are many different activities, you might do together: e.g. going for a walk through the woods, drinking coffee at a nice café, trying horseback riding, bicycling, joining a music festival etc. However, it is entirely up to you and your match when, where and how you meet.
The participation in the host program is free of charge, but no expenses will be covered. You can always unregister again by contacting Newcomer Service Sonderborg.
Read more below.
New to the municipality of Sonderborg? Why not get a local welcoming host to help you settle in?
Join our Welcoming Hosts program, which matches newcomers from all over the world with local welcoming hosts. Register here as a newcomer.
After your registration, Newcomer Service Sonderborg will match you with a local welcoming host, if someone is available. If a match is found, Newcomer Service will inform you of the match, but the host will contact you directly later.
For local welcoming hosts
Do you want to make a difference and welcome newcomers to our wonderful area?
Join our Welcoming Hosts program as a volunteer. Register here as a welcoming host.
After your registration, Newcomer Service Sonderborg will match you with an available newcomer, and we will contact you with the details of the newcomer(s). You are then expected to contact the newcomer directly no later than a week after being matched in order to have a friendly and interested approach towards the newcomer – you can for example suggest a meeting.
Does it cost anything to participate in the program?
No, just your time and commitment. The participation is free, but keep in mind that the volunteers do not receive any payment for their efforts. No costs in relation to activities will be covered.
Will my personal data be treated with confidentiality?
Yes. Your data will only be used in order to match newcomers with welcoming hosts. We will also send you a survey in order to receive feedback.
What do I do if my host does not contact me?
If you have been matched with a local host, but have not heard from him/her within the week, please contact us and let us know.
What if the chemistry does not work?
If you feel that your match is unsuitable for you, please contact us again, so we might make a re-match.
How can I unregister with the host program?
If you no longer want to be part of the host program, please let us know as soon as possible. We will then contact the person with whom you have been matched with, so they might find a new match.