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The chance for a better future

Our claim "Give youth a chance" is more than a simple statement for us - it is a goal we fill with life and which we feel committed to. And this goal is reflected in all our thoughts and actions.

The foundation offers ambitious and talented young people from economically precarious backgrounds new perspectives by providing them with a high-quality technical education. This is how they get the chance to lead their lives in a self-determined way and positively shape their future.


We demand and encourage personality

The foundation offers adolescents and young adults the necessary resources and access to a technical education in careers where qualified personnel are needed. In India, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the Samuel Foundation provides education in its own centres with high quality standards and in close cooperation with authorities and companies.

Our training approach is holistic: technical skill training is supplemented by a set of general education subjects including a foreign language, as well as comprehensive personality training that makes our students fit for the modern working world.


Right on target: successful start in a job

At the end of their technical education, our students put their knowledge to the test during an apprenticeship period.

However, the foundation's concept does not end here. We actively place our graduates in qualified employment. And we succeed in almost all cases – last but not least thanks to the foundation's large cooperation network.

Our graduates leave our centres for technical education as motivated and self-confident people who have completely new perspectives for their future lives.

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What you need to know about us

Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation

The foundation

The Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation was established in 1932 by the merchant couple from Düsseldorf of the same name. It is a non-profit foundation under private law which focuses on supporting economically disadvantaged young people in the area of technical education.

Hedwig and Robert Samuel

The founders

Robert Samuel was born in Düsseldorf in 1871 as the son of a merchant family that had moved from Heidelberg to Düsseldorf in the mid-19th century and enjoyed success in the tobacco trading business. He followed in his father's footsteps and in 1900 moved his uncle's tobacco shop into the building on Königsallee 14 / Blumenstraße 3, which at the time belonged to the city of Düsseldorf. He later acquired the property and in 1911 had the office and commercial building named Hohenzollernhaus built on it.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors

According to the statutes, the Board of Directors is the only official body of the Samuel Foundation and thus the supreme supervisory board of its activities at the head office as well as in the international branches.

Our Principles

Our Principles

The thinking, strategic planning and concrete actions of the Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation are based on the following guiding principles.


Our team

These are your contact persons at our head office in Düsseldorf and in our branches in Costa Rica, India, and Nicaragua.



We are commited to transparency - learn more about our work, e.g. in our annual reports, which the foundation publishes regularly.


Jobs and career

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History of the Foundation

Our history

June 3rd 1932 is the official birthday of the Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation. On this day, the Prussian State Ministry approved the establishment of the foundation on the basis of the submitted founding deed and foundation statutes, thereby completing the last necessary formal act.



29.05.2024 | Costa Rica

A year as a volunteer in Costa Rica

For ten months Anna, a German volunteer, has been supporting the staff at our Centre for Technical Education in San José | Costa Rica. She helps with administrative tasks and also assists the teacher in English lessons, helping the students to improve their vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Anna describes her experiences as a volunteer at our Centre for Technical Education in Costa Rica very pleasantly: "When I make my way to classroom no. 4 for English lessons in the morning, I look into 30 familiar faces of the students who are trained in Administrative Assistance. They spend 21 hours a week in English lessons, which means I know them best of all the students. I immediately hear a cheerful "Hi Anna!" 30 times. I wave briefly and smile as I sit down in the chair next to the English teacher. Today, the students have to write and perform a role play. They push the tables together and start exchanging ideas. I sit down with one group and give them tips on how to formulate the sentences better. Behind me, I hear my name and go to another group who ask me how to pronounce "comprehensive". When the group has finished, I am asked what Germany is like and whether I like Costa Rica. In return, I learn about the students' hobbies and favourite places. The hospitality and warmth of the people were the biggest "culture shocks" - in a positive sense - when I arrived here. Both colleagues and students welcomed me immediately, wanted to find out more about my life and overlooked my Spanish language skills (which were really in need of improvement at the time). Volunteering gives me the opportunity to meet young people my age and learn more about their culture, their lives, and their language. This gives me a very special insight into the country from different perspectives. Outside of my work at the foundation, I love traveling around the country with friends and discovering the cultural differences and way of life in the different regions. With all the memories and encounters over the months of my stay, I can feel Costa Rica slowly but surely becoming a second home for me." We wish Anna many more wonderful experiences during her remaining time in Costa Rica and thank her warmly for her support!