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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Svetlana/St Petersburg, 22nd October 2017. Today the exciting report of Felix reached us, who spent his work placement in class 11 in an institution for the handicapped in Russia. In various ways he was able to realize his aim of becoming more competent in the Russian language and collecting experiences in social work in the Camphill-village of Svetlana, which is a two hours’ drive away from St Petersburg: Together with handicapped people he worked in a cheese dairy, for instance, and learned how to produce milk, cheese, curd and cream. There was a lot for him to do in the garden, with farm activities, with packaging and marketing of the products as well as in the kitchen. In his free time he could explore the environment with Russian colleagues and other volunteers und drive a boat on Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe. On some evenings he participated in cosy Bible prayers together with the villagers and got into a conversation with them on all the world and his brother.
Krementschuk, 18th September 2017. For the European diploma in economics that Victoriya is preparing for at the vocational grammar school in Kaiserslautern a four-week work placement abroad is necessary. In the central Ukrainian town of Krementschuk she found an extremely many-sided and interesting work placement with the sweets firm of Suorov. She did not only learn how different sweets are produced there, but also which international commercial terms must be considered. While in the first week she concentrated on the translation of the many sweets for foreign sale, she helped with the execution of clearing formalities in the second week and was allowed to take part in business meetings with international business partners. In the last two weeks, which passed far too quickly, Victoriya was allowed to accompany all colleagues in their respective field of work. In her free time, the very nice host family showed her the nice sights of the town and several times even made it possible for her to try out wake boarding.