Haltern am See, 17th February 2019. In the year 2018 the Elena Bless Foundation spent a total of € 14895.50 (in the previous year € 14107.10) for the promotion of work placements abroad for pupils as well as for student exchange projects. Thereby € 10908 (in the previous year € 11047) fell upon work placements abroad. 29 pupils (in the previous year 24) completed a professional practical training abroad with scholarships of the Elena Bless Foundation.
Saalbach, 7th February 2019. Dan and Emma found an exceptional and highly interesting work placement with the Saalbach mountain railways in Austria in the middle of a region with 70 ski lifts, 1200 snow guns, and 40000 daily visitors. Here they got to know the different fields of work being part of operating a mountain railway: machine room, pay desk selling ski passes, ticket control, preparing the ski slopes with the help of a 580 HP-strong snow cat, controlling the condition of the slopes and of course snow removal by use of muscular strength. With sunshine and perfect slopes the two of them were of course allowed to go skiing in their free time on some days. “We exceedingly appreciate having had such a great week and having collected so many new experiences”, they write at the end of their fantastically illustrated report on their work placement.
Marseille, 21st December 2018 .An exciting and diversified work placement with the marketing firm MAP in Marseille offered valuable insights to Marjolaine from Hamburg for her further academic and occupational career. In the first week of her work placement her job was researching the latest beauty trends on special websites and afterwards writing articles on them. Her tasks also included filling parcels with perfumes that users of the website had won in a competition, selecting flights and hotels for the winner of a weekend trip to Milan, etc.
In the second week her main job was filling envelopes by hand, sorting and counting them. These envelopes went to cosmetics consultants all over France and contained information on a new perfume. At the end of her report on her work placement Marjolaine asserts that for her this branch of marketing is rather out of the question as an occupational perspective. But: “Work placements are meant to collect experiences and that was what I definitely did.”
Roost-Warendin, 11th October 2018. In her report on her work placement Clara describes her exciting insight into the diversified everyday life at a French primary school. Due to the frequent change in teaching methods time flew and Clara enjoyed it very much to accompany her pupils, to help them and was glad to almost always understand and be able to answer their numerous questions. Another great experience was working with the pupils in the school vegetable garden with the pupils as well as Clara being allowed to take home the cropped vegetables and fruits.