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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Welcome to Baden-Baden! We, the volunteer workers, would like to assist you in your transition to living in our city with this brief welcoming letter. First of all, we would like to say that you are safe and welcome in Baden-Baden. There are lots of volunteers offering to help you: they can accompany you to visits to the authorities, teach you the basics of the German language and arrange professional language classes or help you to run errands. However, please keep in mind that most of us have regular jobs and are not always available. It would be nice if you could help us by sharing your experiences with each other. We are a big community in which we treat everyone with the same respect and dignity regardless of origin, religion or sex. Please also read the refugee guide given to you after your arrival. Aside from special events, you can meet us, the volunteers, on every second Saturday at the "Café Kontakt" in you accommodations. We would like to invite you there for a cup of coffee or tea and talk about the upcoming tasks and problems. Baden-Baden Baden-Baden is a small city known for its hot springs for millennia. 150 years ago it was called the summer capital of Europe; many politicians and artists from Russia and France met here. The charming city center with its historic houses and the "Lichtentaler Allee", a huge public park, is worth watching. Social Workers Your very first and most important contact is always your social worker. You can find her in her office at your accommodation. Your mail will also be distributed through the social worker’s office. Please note: Contact your social worker or the “AK Asyl” immediately if you receive a yellow envelope. These contain official letters concerning your asylum procedure that leave only a short period of time to take appropriate actions. Please act quickly. You will find all information about how to contact the AK Asyl at the bulletin board. Bulletin Board The bulletin board at your accommodation contains everything relevant to you: ● Schedules for free German lessons ● Visiting hours of the “AK Asyl” ● Office hours of doctors and midwives ● Information concerning the “Café Kontakt” ● Information concerning churches and mosques

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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Administrative Offices Biometric photographs The administrative offices require biometric photographs for your ID card. You can find low-priced photo booths in the supermarket “Kaufland” (Rheinstraße 22, Route 201, Schweigrother Platz) or in the shopping center “Cité” (Bus 205, Shopping Cité) Local residents’ registration office (in German “Einwohnermeldeamt”) Briegelacker Straße 21 (Route 201, Drei-Eichen-Kapelle) Office hours: monday - friday 8am – 12am, thursdays 2pm – 5:30pm Foreigners’ registration office (in German “Ausländerbehörde”) Briegelacker Straße 21 (Route 201, Drei-Eichen-Kapelle) Office hours: only wednesday, 8am - 11am You must carry your residence authorization (in german “Aufenthaltsgestattung”) at all times. The renewal of your residence authorization, normally referred to as ID card (in german “Ausweis”), is mandatory and has to happen every three months. Please keep this deadline in mind! Traveling ! You are free to travel in the federal state of “Baden-Württemberg” with your ID card. In the first three months, you need the approval of the foreigners' registration office to visit other federal states. You are not allowed to leave Germany until your asylum procedure has been completed. The volunteer workers will gladly explain to you Baden-Baden's bus system and will show you how to use the ticket machines. Traveling without a valid ticket is an offense punished with a fee of 60 Euro. Language ! Please try to learn German as fast as possible. German teachers are volunteering to convey basic skills at your accommodation. You can find more information and the schedule at the bulletin board. The recommendation of your German teacher gives you the opportunity to apply for a professional course at the adult education center (in German “Volkshochschule”, short “VHS”) that takes several months to complete. While taking a professional course, the volunteers offer to participate in a conversation group and can help you with your homework assignments. You can find more information at the "Café Kontakt". People from Syria, Eritrea, Iraq or Iran can apply for a professional course without prior knowledge. Contact your social worker for more information. Please note that there are also internet courses for individual learning. Bank account / Money After a while you may open a bank account with your id card. Maybe you need assistance for translation. Please know that you are only entitled to a debit account. You cannot request a credit card, overdraw this account or take out a loan. Online purchases are not possible with your bank card. Please note: Talk to a volunteer before signing rate contracts. !

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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Work In general, you are allowed to work after a period of three months staying in Germany with the permission from the foreigners' registration office. Please fill out a resumeé / C.V. first. Volunteers or social workers can help you with your application and provide you with the necessary forms. There will also be a professional profiling about your skills and expectations to get a job as soon as possible. Shopping There are supermarkets nearby. The volunteers are glad to show you around or to give helpful advices. For purchasing goods for little money: Tafelladen Geroldsauser Straße 2, Baden-Baden Only with a special certificate (ask you social worker) Opening times: Mo, Wed, Fr 2pm - 4:15pm Kleiderkammer Rotes Kreuz, Schweigrother Str. 8 (Route 201, Schweigrother Platz) Opening times: Tue 8am-11am, Wed 3pm - 5pm, Thu 8am-11am Diakonieladen (2nd-hand-clothes, also house wares, dishes, bed clothes and books) Maria-Victoria-Straße/ at the corner of Bertholdstraße (Route 201, Bertholdplatz) Opening times: Mon, Wed 1pm - 5:30pm Sozialdienst Katholischer Frauen (Baby's and children's clothes) Hermannstr. 2 (Route 201, Waldseestraße) Opening times: Mon 9am - 11am, Tue 4pm - 5:30pm Licht und Hoffnung Ooser Hauptstr. 17a (Route 201, Sinzheimer Straße) Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am - 12am and 1pm - 8pm, Wed day off, Sat 9am - 12pm Free Wifi/W-LAN There are multiple locations in the city centre and also in the foreigners’ registration office (Ausländeramt) and at the station. Name of the network: BADEN-WLAN Register: Open your browser and fill in your name and email adress in the form that will appear and you will be given the login details. You can also use these login details for the Wifi network in Karlsruhe called KA-WLAN. Please note: There will be also a free Wifi-solution within your accommodation within the next couple of weeks. Kids art course for refugee children from all accommodations in Baden-Baden every friday 3pm – 5pm, at Vincentiushaus, Stephanienstraße 11

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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (In some places there are discounts for refugees) ! Free time: ! Adult education centre (Volkshochschule) Jägerweg 10 (Route 205, VHS) You get 50% discount on every course you take at the adult education centre. Cinema - “Moviac”, Stephanienstraße 22 You only need to pay the price for children by showing your refugee ID. - Cineplex, Ortenaustraße 14 (Route 205, Kino Cité P+R) Every tuesday 5,50 Euro entrance fee Public library /Stadtbücherei) Luisenstraße 2 (Route 201, Hindenburgplatz/Stadtbibliothek) Tue, Wed, Thu 10am – 6pm, Thu 11am – 17pm and Sat 10am – 2pm You are allowed to borrow English books, have access to newspapers from all around the world for free. You may use the free internet access for half an hour a day. Staatliche Kunsthalle (Museum of Contemporary art) Lichtentaler Allee (Route 201, Augustaplatz) Every friday 10am – 6pm free entrance Philharmonic Orchestra Kurhaus, Weinbrennersaal Mostly concerts of classic music, concerts are occasionally free to visit, look out for information on the bulletin board. Café international – Meeting point for refugees and inhabitants of Baden-Baden Bonhoefferssaal, Bertholdstraße 6 (basement) Every friday 5pm - 8pm, 1 Euro entrance fee, free food and drinks. Café international for women only: Bonhoeffersaal, Bertholdstraße 6 (basement) Every first Friday a month, 3pm - 5pm Further information available on the internet AK Asyl www.akasyl-bad.de Tel. 0152 2289 44755 (Ludwig Herfs) Map of Baden-Baden with important information for refugees www.bit.ly/bbrefugee Website for refugees in Baden-Baden page “for refugees” at www.fluechtlingshilfe-baden-baden.de

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