Pop music is filling the café in Hamburg's northeast
with an ever-repeating rhythm while Katja explains her many links to the current refugee situation. The young woman is sitting at the front corner of the antique sofa while she talks about her passion for social work, leaning towards the table that holds her coffee. She doesn't have much time— one of her colleagues called in sick and she has to cover the night shift at an assisted living community for unaccompanied minor refugees. It is her part time job to make a living while studying social work at Hamburg's University of Applied Sciences (HAW). But Katja is actually always quite busy. Asked how she organizes her time, she starts to laugh. "That's a good question! I don't know."
During the day, she currently works as an intern for "fördern und wohnen,"
the city owned company that is running most refugee camps in Hamburg. And in between she will meet her mentee from Ghana. She is part of a voluntary mentoring project, too.