A delegation of the Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services traveled from India to Berlin for a week of engaged discussions and general exchanges with their German partners of the joint research project INVOLVE. From June 18thto 24th, Mrs. Jija Harisingh, Mr. M.N. Reddi, Mr. Sunil Agarwal, Mr. Ramesh Uthaya and Dr. P.R.S. Chetan met with members of FinkA, the Disaster Research Unit of the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Red Cross to reflect on emerging opportunities and challenges regarding volunteer work in the field of disaster management in Germany and India. The topics discussed include motivations of volunteers, forms of volunteer work, the impact of socio-structural transformations on volunteerism, as well as new ways of attracting and training volunteers.