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!