Hazebrouck/Cassel, 9th January 2018. “It was very inspiring for me and it was an incredibly great experience to learn so much”, Ellen writes at the end of her detailed report on her work placement. At two different collèges, in Hazebrouck and Cassel, situated northwest of Lille, she could support German teachers with teaching in various class levels. What she found surprising were the differences to the German school system, which she noticed from the first day on: such as the strictly guarded school grounds to which access was only permitted after showing an ID card, the high discipline of the pupils and the common lunch in the canteen. In school as well as in her free time (trips, ballet etc.) Ellen could considerably enlarge her vocabulary, and this, as she gladly realized, completely without help by a German teacher or fellow pupil!
Mettmenstetten, 4th January 2018. The report of 17-year-old Lena reaches us, who completed her two-week work placement in the Protestant guest house and estate in Swiss Mettmenstetten. The experiences she could make there were extremely various: In the first week she was mainly entrusted with jobs on the farm, for instance. This included helping with farming, gardening, in the farm shop and preparing the guest house and the meals. In the second week she was allowed to participate in preparing and realizing a programme for kids in the context of a mission conference. As the children came partly from Germany, partly from Africa, this was a highly interesting and enriching experience for all participants.
Manchester, 3rd December 2017. Svenja and Luca report on their work placement abroad in a café for people with psychic and social problems in Manchester. In the café they helped with baking and cooking, among other things, and were able to test new English recipes, too. In the three weeks in England the two Halterners considerably improved their knowledge of English. They are happy about having become a good deal more self-reliant due to their stay abroad.
Haltern am See, 17th November 2017. The flier of the Elena Bless Foundation with information on organization and financing of pupils’ work placements abroad is now available in Spanish, too. The French version follows before long. Schools interested in the fliers in German, Spanish or French for their own pupils or those of their partner schools abroad can ask for them at no charge under email@example.com.