Gülru Özcelik Schindler - Event Coordinator

Gülru had been an English teacher at state and private schools in Turkey for several years and taught English at Marmara State University in Istanbul. She also conducted intercultural coaching and gave Turkish lessons to diplomats and representatives of foreign companies in Istanbul and Ankara. In 2019 to 2020 she studied special education at the Free University of Berlin.

Gülru accompanied her husband to Berlin in 2007, to Tirana in 2010 and to Istanbul in 2013. During these periods she continued working as a German teacher on an honorary basis while furthering her language skills by taking “German as a Foreign Language” courses at the Goethe Center Tirana and the Goethe Institutes Thessaloniki and Istanbul. She received a certificate of "Deutsch Lehren Lernen" upon completion of this two-years continuing education and professional development program at the Goethe Institute.

Having learned from various experiences with people from different parts of the world, Gülru stays motivated. She respects different cultures, wants to support people  to improve their abilities to communicate and has an open dialogue with them whether it is in English, German or Turkish.

Gülru was a WiB member from 2008 to 2010. She returned to Berlin in 2017 and rejoined the club in 2018. Since July 2021, she has been a member of the Executive Board as an Event Coordinator. Gül is married and the mother of two children.