More often than not future buddies have a lot of questions before they apply with their activity ideas. Because those questions often repeat themselves we collected them and answered them in this overview.
- Do I have to invite the students into my house?
- Can the activities only happen on the Christmas holidays?
- What if I don’t speak any foreign languages?
- What does being a buddy mean?
- Until when can I send my offer in?
- How many people am I allowed to invite?
- Can I decide on whom to “adopt”?
- How do I meet up with my buddy?
- What if I can’t attend the X-MAS Tram?
- Do I have to buy a ticket?
Of course not. You alone decide on the form of your offer – a walk through snowy Dresden, a wintry hike or ice skating are just examples for things you can’t do at home. If you need further examples take a look at the offers from 2015, 2016 and 2017.
No. The offers start the day after the X-MAS Tram and continue up until January. Most of the dormitories empty out before Christmas Eve and most students only return after New Year’s. That’s the time that the foreign students that can’t go home feel most alone – so, that is also the time where most of our buddy offers happen.
It is not a problem if you don’t speak any languages other than your own. The buddy offers always mention which languages are spoken so you know beforehand whom you will understand. But even if you don’t speak the same language it can be very entertaining to communicate with your hands, legs and just your whole body. 😉
If you make a buddy offer it is like a promise. You promise your buddy to spend some lonely hours with them. It doesn’t mean you have to do it though – if something happens and you have to reschedule or cancel just contact your buddy and it won’t be a problem. Also, you don’t have to spend your money on an offer – either share the cost or do something that is for free.
Best case scenario? You send us your offer as soon as possible so we can share them on or Website. To be able to publish your offer at the X-MAS Tram we need them at least two days upfront.
If you want to you could invite all students at once. Alternatively you can make more than one offer – that is totally up to you!
Yes, that is possible. For that you just need to be at the X-MAS Tram and be near the offer’s board so you can meet potential buddies there.
All buddies share their contact information at the end of the X-MAS tram. If you weren’t able to attend, you will get the contact info of your buddy via Mail. Now you can get in touch and plan your perfect day.
No problem. We will just send you the contact info of your buddy via mail after the X-MAS tram.
Of course our “adoptive parents” don’t need a ticket – you will be able to enjoy the X-MAS Tram celebrations for free.