Giesecke & Devrient Stiftung


Learning Workshop Hall 36 (supported in 2015)

Initiated by craft businesses as an educational workshop for young refugees the project began in 2015 on the premises of the Bayern Kaserne. Here refugees can utilise their waiting time in a useful manner, tap into their potentials and test various skilled trades under a multi-week internship. (

The employees of G+D supported these projects through personal donations, which were matched by the company.

Caritas social services for refugees, Alveni

The project was supported in the years 2014 and 2015. Alveni takes care of children in communal accommodation centers and youth welfare facilities in Munich. (

Development programme for young people January 2014

In January 2014 young people from Brasil and Canada came to Munich. The Brasilians were excited to experience their first winter in Europe. Despite initial language problems the adolescents got on really well and returned to their respective home countries as friends, sharing memories of Germany.

Development Programme for Young People 2011 and 2012

Language and cultural exchange for young people in partnership with the Goethe Institute

In 2011 and 2012, twenty young people from India took part in a language and cultural exchange in Munich. In addition to improving their German language skills, the young people gained insights into German culture. For the first time, the 2013 program will involve young people from Brazil and Mexico.

Development programme for young people summer 2016

Also in the summer 2016 twentyone young people between 16 and 18 years from Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda) came for a 3-week stay to Munich as part of the development programme for young people in co-operation between the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation and the Goethe Institute.
In addition to the German lessons at the Goethe Institute, there was a varied program with a trip to Berlin and a trip to Leipzig, where the Museum for print arts (Museum für Druckkunst) was visited.
The traditional guest weekend with families of G+D employees was heralded with a Bavarian evening in Tutzing. Also the visit at Giesecke+Devrient GmbH was followed with great interest.
The farewell was not easy for the youngsters as new friendships were made accompanied by memories of great experiences and impressions.

Development programme for young people summer 2015

Together with the Goethe-Institute the foundation invited 20 young people from African countries (South Africa, Tansania, Uganda and Madagascar) in the summer of 2015. As in previous years families of G+D staff, as well as members of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board were activly involved in the programme. Spending time with the children from those African countries was not only an unforgettable experience for everyone involved, but also a personal gain.

The Future Initiative

In the years 2014 and 2015, the G+D Foundation supported a programme initiated by the Metzler Foundation for young Europeans, from Greece for example. The young people should already be skilled and motivated, however have no prospect of employment in their home countries. The programme imparts linguistic and cultural assets in order for them to gain a foothold professionally and personally in Germany. (

Development Programme for Young People January 2013

At the beginning of January, the G+D Foundation’s International Development Programme for Young People, which works with the Goethe Institute, organised another exchange programme. This time, the foundation welcomed 20 young people from Mexico and Brazil taking part in a language and cultural visit.

It was the first real winter the visitors had experienced. Alongside daily German lessons, there was once again a packed programme of interesting events in Munich and Berlin, including a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle – a place the students had long wanted to visit.

It formed just one of many memories that the students have now taken home with them.
(Image: © Goethe-Institut )