Brighton, 22nd September 2019. During their work placement in a charity shop of the organization “British Heart Foundation”, which commits itself to studying heart diseases and their control, Ireen and Jason enjoyed working in a really nice team. While Ireen’s duties were “putting a price tag on clothes, DVDs etc., putting up and damping the clothes, cleaning up the shop, and washing up donated dishes”, Jason could “sort books and reduce the price of articles which had been in the shop for a long time”. Besides, he accepted donations, registered the names of the donators in a system, and could sometimes accompany the driver who collected the donations through the city. In their free time the two of them could not complain of boredom, either. So Ireen writes in her report that one day she went to London with a class mate and suddenly found herself in the midst of a “Fridays for Future” demonstration. By bus and train she also explored the surrounding area of Brighton: “The landscape out of the town is breath-taking: milelong beach, cliffs, and many routes for walking. Simply a place for breathing deeply.” Jason tells in his report that he met with the English driver in his free time to do something together with him, thus he got to know a lot of people, and all in all could improve his language skills by the work placement.
Lubliniec, 2nd September 2019: By means of kinship ties Jacqueline succeeded in doing her work placement in a psychiatric hospital in Poland. During her three weeks stay in the Upper Silesian district town Lubliniec she could get to know all departments of the hospital. In the process she had conversations with a lot of people from the age of 4 to the age of 70, which often affected her very much. However, she mainly helped in the staff department and took care of the correct filing of important documents of the staff. Jacqueline concludes her vivid report (https://elena-bless-stiftung.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Lubliniec-2019-1.pdf) with the statement “The work placement was a great experience and I realized that thereby I became much more autonomous (…).”
Cologne, 1st September 2019. Hannah experienced two highly interesting weeks in the press agency Fromme in Cologne and got a very good impression of journalistic life. In her report on her work placement the 18-year-old high school graduate from Aulnay-sous-Bois describes that this “is not easy and often combined with stress”. During her 8-hours working day Hannah could deal with very different fields of activities. Among others she was allowed to participate in meetings of the agency, write a feedback discussion by herself, file articles, write short messages for the insurance monitor, and do research for French start-ups and fin techs. In doing so Hannah could perfectly apply her diverse knowledge of languages.
Southwick, 27th August 2019. In her three-weeks work placement in the Interactive English Language School Laurana worked with MS Office and documented numerous data of students in an excel table. As she attended a language course in addition to her work placement and lived with an English host family, she could linguistically profit at most from her time in England. At the end of her report Laurana asserts that she found it exciting “to get to know a lot of new people from different cultures”.