People say the are willing to help, but they don´t want to feel obligated!
There are two parties: the NEWBIES on the one hand and the Germans, or LOCALS on the other hand.
Both of them are having different needs because they are in different situations.
We were doing surveys with both groups:
We went to a Language school at Berlin where people take German lessons and asked them following questions.
-NEWBIES are looking so badly for LOCALS who would like to spend just a little time with them!
-NEWBIES are afraid of doing the first step towards LOCALS.
-NEWBIES are afraid of being rejected.
-LOCALS are willing to help.
-But they say they don´t have that much time and don’t want to have more appointments.
-LOCALS don’t want to be responsible.
-They want to stay spontaneous.
How can we balance those two perspectives?