Boulogne-sur-Mer, 12th September 2018. After a stressful bus ride Anna was rather tired when she arrived at her host family’s home in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Her work placement was at the Collège Haffreingue of her host sister Clémentine, with who she got along excellently and who she was allowed to accompany with her exciting free time activities (girl guide meetings, school of arts, etc.). With the German teacher Madame Mullier Anna prepared the classes, helped with correcting pupils’ texts and took over several phases of the German lessons. Thus, on the one hand, she could get to know better the job of a German teacher and on the other hand could also improve her knowledge of French, as she gladly asserts at the end of her report on her work placement.
Manchester, 28th August 2018. Demanding and exciting tasks expected Maike at her work placement, a branch office of the Linde Company in England: At the beginning of her work placement she designed the new web page of the company, on which the different products of the trading firm were also presented. In the fol-lowing time she was allowed to accompany her work placement tutor to several customers, to help in the office, or to take deliveries to customers. Maike was also very happy with her host family, as they showed her a lot of very nice and partly hidden places in England. Although her work placement lasted for 5 weeks after all, Maike writes at the end of her report: “The time really passed too quickly and I would do it again any time, as it was a very helpful and great experience.”
Alicante, 25th August 2018. “The only thing I regret is not having stayed there even longer” is the conclusion at the end of Nico-las’ report on his work placement. After a somewhat exciting odyssey after the arrival at the airport in Alicante Nicolas soon managed better and better to communicate with his host family and at his work placement, a café in Alicante. He liked working in the café very much, as he got to know people from a lot of countries and could form some friendships. At the end of his work placement he even discussed the Spanish language policy, the separatist movement and the situation in Columbia with his host family.
Saint-Quentin, 18th July 2018. 18-year-old Franziska from Kaiserslautern could do her four-week work placement in three different positions in the northern French Saint-Quentin. She was met with a lot of friendliness every-where! In the first two weeks she was in the ESPACE CITOYEN, where she was allowed to partici-pate in the arrangement of a free time programme for the older and the younger generation. At the so-called “marché de proximité” the assistants accompany older people on walks through the City or in the nature and talk to them. An “après-midi jeux” is a games afternoon organised for younger or older people. In the third week she was at ALLO MAIRIE, a place to go for citizens who have a problem. Not only in the office, but also at lunch she had the chance to talk to her very nice colleagues: “this was always very funny”. She mostly helped in the office and twice she was al-lowed to accompany a colleague when he went to people and took photos of their problems.
She spent the last week of her work placement with the DIRECTION DU PATRIMOINE, which organ-ises exhibitions and festivals. She immediately felt at ease here, too, and by the way got to know the sights of the city (among others basilica, town hall, souterrains, museum of butterflies).
At the end of her report on her work placement Franziska writes: “Whoever wants to do a work placement abroad and is not sure: I can only recommend it. My language is much better now and it helped me on in my life.”