Paris, 15th July 2018. After a nine-hour coach ride Charlotte arrived in Paris, where she had found a two-week work placement in the literature agency “Anna Jarota Agency”. In her report on her work placement she describes the tasks of such an agency: “standing in for rights of authors and mediating between international authors and French publishers”. Charlotte’s tasks were extraordinarily diverse. For the sale of books she wrote so-called “argus”, for example, sorted data sets, read books, manuscripts and contracts, looked for books on shelves, managed check lists, etc. From her flat in the 11th arrondissement she had a dreamlike view on the Eiffel Tower. After work she often went for a walk or sat by the Seine. In conclusion Charlotte writes: “All in all, I can say that I had two very great weeks in Paris giving me a much better understanding of the city and the French working life”.
Marseille, 14th July 2018. In his work placement with the company “Atout Visa” in Marseille, which concerns itself with applying for visa for individuals and groups, Pascal could get an “exciting insight into the working world”. He worked on applications for visa for different countries like Russia and India, for example. The days when he was allowed to accompany his boss to the consulates of the Ivory Coast, of Algeria and China were especially exciting. At the end of his report he is pleased to assert that on the one hand he could collect valuable job-related experiences and on the other hand could also very much improve his knowledge of French.
Douai, 8th July 2018. In her colourfully illustrated report on her work placement. Hannah looks back to a ”wonderful time in France”. In a kindergarten in Douai she could quickly win the hearts of the children and paint and play with them, read to them and even accompany them during a trip to a vegetable museum to Arras. She is completely happy with her experience, which she can “only recommend to everybody”.
Cassel, 5th July 2018. Only a few kilometres away from the northern French seashore Hannah spent her work placement at a collège in northern French Cassel. In her report she describes how she arranged her German lessons in different classes and in doing so noticed how much the pupils enjoyed understanding „what the task was or what I told about Germany and myself“. She also managed to do away with some clichés so that the pupils quickly noticed that in Germany you rarely run around in dirndl and leather trousers and do not always eat potatoes with every meal. Hannah is completely happy with the course of her work placement and „would go abroad again any time, also for a longer time, and therefore can reccommend to everyone to have a try and get to know another country.“