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Leonardo Da Vinci- Auslandspraktika in englischer Sprache in Hatfield, England und Rovaniemi, Finnland

 Was? German Apprentices‘ Training in Europe (GATE) = Vierwöchige ausbildungsadäquate Auslandspraktika in England oder Finnland, finanziert durch das Erasmus+-Programm.
Jedes Jahr erhalten ca. 16 KBM-Azubis, 2 KDM-Azubis, 7 Spofi-Azubis, welche sich als besonders förderungswürdig erwiesen haben, die Möglichkeit hierzu. Der Praktikumsplatz und die Unterkunft werden für die Azubis organisiert. Das Stipendium reicht für Unterkunft und Fahrtkosten sowie ein kleines Taschengeld. Bescheinigt wird das Praktikum durch den Europasss Mobilität der Europäischen Union, welcher nur für Maßnahmen, die als Stipendium gelten, verliehen wird. Ebenso erhalten die Azubis ein Zertifikat der Schule sowie der Arbeitsstelle.
Für wen? Besonders förderungswürdige Azubis KBM, KDM, Spofis, DM
Wie? Infos an Schüler durch Jutta Nording, Auswahl durch Klassenteams, Vorbereitung auf Praktika durch Nording
Wann? Wird individuell festgelegt
Kosten? keine

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Im Folgenden schreiben Teilnehmer/-innen des Projekts über ihre Erfahrungen:


  • Hatfield Calling

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Have A Great Time (by Matthias Gramann, May 2017)

    Visiting another country is always a fascinating experience. Getting to know the subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) differences in culture and lifestyle and learning to adapt is not only extremely satisfying, but also shows how far you've come in terms of understanding what forms the specific cultural core of the country you're visiting.

    Of course, when you go to the UK, it's not like you're diving into something completely alien. In fact, you might perceive British people largely as Germans who happen to speak English and eat weird things. But the differences are still there and, at least for me, this month was all about uncovering them.
    At first, there's always the question of how you're going to fit in. Or if you're going to fit in at all. Sure, I'm no stranger to social interaction of any kind (after all, that's what makes up about half of my job). But all experience aside, you're still going to live with people you know next to nothing about. And, of course, those people also know nothing about you. That is naturally a somewhat scary situation, no matter how welcoming and understanding everyone might be.
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    Luckily enough, it ended up as a match made in heaven. My time with the Sargent family was super fun and relaxing, making it perhaps the most engaging and important part of the whole package. It only took us a few days to bond over shared interests, be it books, music or movies. For example, imagine my pleasant surprise when, upon inspecting the bookshelf, I discovered a bunch of books by authors such as Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman. And, speaking of which, when David found out that we both love the music of Amanda Palmer, he made it his mission to introduce me to the secret and mysterious art of playing the ukulele. This amounted to a few songs we performed togher (well, more or less) and me sloppily playing one song by myself. Oh well. Practice makes perfect, and I still have to practice a lot.
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    Another defining part of my time there happened almost purely by accident: When David casually mentioned that the 2013 movie The World's End was filmed locally (in Welwyn and Letchworth, to be precise), I had no choice but to go there since it's one of my all-time favorites. So we spent two days visiting the respective towns, searching for the locations and reenacting a few central scenes of the movie in an endearingly amateurish way.

    Apart from various pop-cultural shenanigans, I shared a lot of quality time with the family, including Katy (a somewhat deaf yet very loveable 14-year old dog). Alison's utterly fantastic cooking glued everything together (well, not literally) and I couldn't have felt more at home. We took long walks, watched movies together, played board games, talked about pretty much everything there is to talk about and generally had a good time.
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    While I got nothing but praise for my host family, it's a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to my time at the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. Don't get me wrong, everyone was really friendly and I never felt lost or anything. However, the tasks they handed me (at least at the beginning) were, shall we say, not all that exciting. Honestly, I don't even mind braindead busywork all that much. It's part of running a business, it needs to be done and usually the unlucky person at the bottom of the corporate food chain has the dubious honor of doing it. I also understand it's not easy to integrate someone who's only around for a few weeks into your daily business. However, as an intern who was there to learn more about the language, the local culture and, well, generally evolve as a person, it felt like a bit of a missed opportunity at times.
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    This probably sounds harsher than intended. In fact, most of the time I asked for some more demanding work, I got it (although it didn't always last long) and Mrs. Powell in particular was always eager to hand out interesting tasks and make sure that I would get as much out of my time as possible, even sneaking me into one of the Chamber's business lunch events where I had the opportunity to meet the chairman and engage in small talk with some local business owners. So, all in all, while they struggled a bit to keep me covered, working there was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Except for the coffee. The coffee was horrible.
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    So, what's the bottom line? Would I recommend spending some time abroad? Yes. If you have the chance to go for it, go for it. Take the leap of faith. Apart from considerably improving your English skills, spending time in another country will also broaden your cultural horizon and give you a whole new perspective on the world. In a society that feels like it keeps getting smaller, yet becomes more complex by the day, there's nothing more important than getting in touch with as many people as possible in order to get the big picture. There are few things more dangerous than an extremely limited point of view, so get out there and learn. You certainly won't regret it.
  • My Internship In Hertfordshire (Uk) - May 2017

    by Annalena Kayser (Berufskolleg an der Lindenstraße, Köln, Klasse DM52)

    God, I could describe my internship using so many various words, e.g. it was exciting, because I had to face questions like: “Do I have everything with me?” , “Is this the right bus?”, “Did I say this correctly…?”

    However, it was also calming in these idyllic, great villages and landscapes of the
    “County of opportunity” (Hertfordshire is called this way, because the schools around here have a good reputation. So obviously people have many good “education opportunities”).

    However, sometimes it was really also challenging, because -to be honest- I never thought people –and especially students- can speak English SO fast (or in so many different accents).  But it became increasingly easy, because I had a great team around me, which supported me so much. And obviously time did its job also: the longer I was here the more I got used to the language and those “fast-speakers”.

    Then there were these simply happy moments:
    The 3rd of May, when I took a phone call in the Business school’s “Information point” for the first time… and the colleagues said I did it well.
    Or when I supported the “front office” and filled in a form-paper for a student and I just saw her, being so grateful. Saying:  “Thank you so much!”
    Not only working, also the breaks were full of happy moments,
    I found some friends on campus during lunch (we exchanged mobile numbers and I am sure we will meet again!)
    Yes and obviously there was my lovely family.
    I stayed with them in Wheathampstead, a small village about 20 minutes away from the university. As you may realize: I call them “family”, though they are no hosts for me anymore! I really enjoyed the time with them so much.
    No matter if we visited big, impressive cities like London or Cambridge…
    Or if we “simply” enjoyed sunny days in the garden” with this typical lovely British
    small talk. Like “Oh how was your day?” – “Oh busy busy…Yours?”- “Yeah busy too. Well but now we can enjoy the weather. Isn’t it a lovely weather?” – “Oh yes it is!!!””
    These are moments – happy moments!- I will never forget…
    You see, I could continue like this for hours.

    At last I think it is best to describe my experience here with the following words: My internship in Hertfordshire has brought me forward!!!
    You know, I really mean that!
    Because, you know: I felt like a little kid in the beginning…
    Everything, everyone around here was strange for me. I needed to learn so much and needed help more than one time.
    But now I am able to take phone calls of students, answer their questions (like “what is the deadline for this form?”). I also faced “eye to eye enquiries” and learned how to hand out papers or give them directions on how to get to a certain building, etc. Thus I used the computers systems and supported administrative work like double checking course numbers for the time tabling.
    In the 2nd week I also had the pleasure to join some meetings of various staff teams and see how they plan new semesters and try to improve their services.

    In those 4 weeks I learned so much and raised from “the new German intern” to a supporter in the Business Schools Information Point team.
    It was the same with my host family: When I arrived I was “Anna from Cologne”…
    Now after 4 weeks I am “Anna” and when I came back from work they said: “Hey darling. Welcome home!”
    Yeah and she is so right… I felt home there!!!

    No matter how many challenges I had to face: at the end of the day I stayed curious, asked questions… and I came home smiling, knowing I got to know so amazing and interesting processes, people and places!

    You can stay cool. Stop worrying about “little things” like cultural differences or THE perfect vocabulary… and just start communicating!
    Of course, you can make mistakes while using a language …, but only by communicating (even just by using your “hands and your feet”) you will realize: the biggest mistake is to be stuck in shyness and silence!
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    The office I worked in: The business school’s information point
    and the team
    The university from outside Part of my dailyway to work
  • My work experience in England (4-29 January 2016), by Carina Barnert

    When I heard about the acceptance to do an internship in England for 4 weeks I was so happy. I considered this a good chance to improve my English skills.
    I received all the documents and there were 4 months left before my trip to London started.
    I was so nervous and a lot of questions went through my head.
    - Will I manage everything?
    - Will my English skills be sufficient?
    - How is the host family?

    My family at home took me to the airport and then the adventure started.
    I arrived on Sunday and got to know my host family - a woman, Sarah, her husband, Simon and their daughter, Zoe (15 years old). They were so friendly and lovely.
    It was a good start for my work experience on Monday.

    Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

    Trip to London City

    Sightseeing with Simon

    Clubbercise with Sarah and Helen

    My work started at the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce which is 1 hour away from London City.
    The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce provides first class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of membership benefits and networking opportunities.
    Laura is the executive assistant of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. She had a lot of tasks for me. For example, I had to create an Excel list with all the primary und private schools in Hatfield (428 schools) or helped with secretarial duties (scan, copy, fax).

    It was very good for my English skills and I experienced a lot by learning by doing. My colleagues are very friendly. After work I had a nice dinner at home with the host family.

    On Mondays, I played football with Simon and his friends. We had a good time. On Tuesdays and Fridays, I went to the aerobic course with Sarah. It was a special course. We danced in the dark with "knicklichter" in our hands. It was so amazing. I had a lot of fun with my host family.

    At the weekends we visited London City. We visited the typical tourist attractions like Big Ben , the London Eye and so on. I had a really, really good time in England.

    I will always remember this time.

    So, if you have the chance, take it.

    Carina Barnert.
  • England here we go!

    Neue Menschen, neue Sprache, neuer Job! Das war unser Ziel am 23.03.3013. Die Vorfreude auf das Unternehmen Mack Brooks und das Hertfordshire Sports Village war groß, dennoch hatten wir Bedenken, ob wir überhaupt in unserem neuen „Job“ und „zuhause“ zu Recht kommen würden. Die Zweifel verflogen schon in der ersten Woche. Wir haben uns auf Anhieb wohl gefühlt, da wir auch wie Familienmitglieder in den Gastfamilien behandelt worden sind. Wir waren selber überrascht wie schnell wir uns eingelebt hatten und die Zeit verflogen ist. Am Ende sind wir mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge zurück in die „Realität“ geflogen und hatten festgestellt, dass vier Wochen viel zu kurz sind. Dabei hatten wir uns schon an das Lebensmotto der Engländer “Ceep calm and carry on“ so gewöhnt. In unserer Freizeit sind wir London besichtigen gegangen, verbrachten Zeit mit unseren Gasteltern oder sind mit Arbeitskollegen um die Häuser gezogen. Wer jetzt noch Bedenken hat, in ein fremdes Land zu reisen, kann diese getrost ablegen. Es ist eine einmalige Chance, die jeder nutzen sollte.Wir sind froh, dass wir es gemacht haben denn es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, welches noch mit dem Europass Mobilität ausgezeichnet wird. In diesem Sinne:

    “What you waiting for?“

    Sawula Caripidis, Saskia Salwinski DM14

  • Mehr als nur eine Erfahrung – vier Wochen England

    Wie oft im Leben bekommt man die Gelegenheit, den Berufsalltag und den Schulstress gegen ein Auslandspraktikum in der Nähe von London einzutauschen, welches auch noch von der EU finanziell unterstützt wird?
    Richtig – deshalb musste ich auch nicht lange überlegen, als uns diese Möglichkeit von einer unserer Lehrerinnen vorgestellt wurde.
    Wir sollten die Möglichkeit erhalten, vier Wochen in dem Hertfordshire Sports Village - einer Sport- und Freizeitanlage einer Partneruniversität aus Hertfordshire – Auslands-Erfahrungen zu sammeln und unseren Sprachhorizont zu erweitern. Aber was wir dort erlebt haben, war viel mehr als „nur“ eine Erfahrung.
    Neben tollen Erlebnissen auf der Arbeit mit einem sehr nettem Team, die einem den Einstieg und die Umstellung auf eine fremde Sprache total erleichtert haben, konnten wir vor allem das Leben in England und der Metropole London entdecken und genießen:

    Big Ben, Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye - um nur einige der Sehenswürdigkeiten zu nennen, die London zu bieten hat und die wir kennen lernen durften. Jedoch war das Wichtigste an dem Auslandsaufenthalt, dass wir neben der Verbesserung der englischen Sprache neue Freunde kennen gelernt haben, mit denen wir noch heute in Kontakt sind. Deshalb kann ich nur jedem empfehlen, sich diese einmalige Gelegenheit nicht nehmen zu lassen und den Trip nach England zu wagen.

    Beste Grüße,
    Henning Förster
    Ausbildung zum Sport- und Fitnesskaufmann | Klasse SP02

  • Einmal Finnland und zurück! Unser Auslandspraktikum in Rovaniemi, Finnland mit dem „Leonardo da Vinci“-Projekt

    Zu zweit traten wir, zwei Auszubildende der Stadt Köln, am 08. April 2013 unsere Reise nach Rovaniemi an. Es ging los in Düsseldorf, und schon waren wir problemlos in Finnland angekommen. Wir wurden schon am Flughafen erwartet und zu unserer Unterkunft gebracht.
    Dann begann das Kennenlernen unseres Reiches für die nächsten vier Wochen.In der Wohnung trafen wirleider nur eine Mitbewohnerin aus Spanien an, also waren wir vorerst zu dritt, was sich aber nach einiger Zeit änderte. Da wir ziemlich spät angekommen sind an einem Sonntag, hatten wir den ersten Tag frei und genug Zeit für eine kleine Entdeckungsreise. Zu Fuß, was in Finnland üblich ist, schauten wir uns die Umgebung an.

    Wir hatten Glück, dass zu der Zeit noch Schnee lag, somit hatten wir einen schönen Blick auf Finnlands verschneite Natur. Dann kam schon der zweite Tag und wir traten zu Fuß unseren ersten Arbeitstag an. Wir wurden am Lappland Vocatioal College eingesetzt, und halfen bei einem Projekt namens "ConEct". Wir erstellten Tabellen, Präsentationen und arbeiteten an der Facebook-Seite des Projektes.Die Zeit verging wie im Fluge. Wir schafften es dennoch, den Weihnachtsmann in seinem Dorf am Polarkreis zu besuchen und uns den „Ranua Zoo“ anzuschauen. Dort schauten wir den Eisbären beim Planschen und Spielen zu und fotografierten die Elche und Rentiere, die man aus unseren Zoos nicht kennt ;)

    Es war eine schöne Erfahrung, eine andere Kultur und Arbeitsweise kennen zu lernen. Nun blicken wir mit Hilfe vieler Fotos auf diese Zeit zurück!

    Andrea Sominka und Iliana Finocchario, Klase KB19

  • My work placement in England

    When I first heard about a work placement in England for 4 weeks I was a little bit sceptical because I had never been abroad from home for such a long time. But then I thought about it and I saw this as a good experience and challenge for myself.
    So I accepted the studentship spontaneously and there were just 5 weeks left before my trip started.

    I was a little bit nervous but then I arrived in my host family, a woman with two children (4 and 7 years old). They were so lovely and I was cordially received. I felt very comfortable since the first day.

    On Monday, work started at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, 20 km away from London City. I worked at the university with my colleague Sarah at the postgraduate student office. She had a lot of things to do for me because they had a very busy period but it was great because it was very good for my language skills and so I experienced „learning by doing“. I administered a database for 400 students in an Excel matrix, used a complex timetabling system to create a mail-merge procedure for a questionnaire and renamed documents in the student record to a strict naming convention. I think it sounds a bit boring and just like computer work but I was walking through the whole building for lots of jobs and so I met teachers, colleagues and students and had mostly very interesting chats.
    One day a week I worked with the placement students from the university at the student information point. There we had to deliver assistance and information to the students.
    It was sometimes very funny and amusing and I enjoyed myself there. There I got lots of connections to students and placement students who lived in Hatfield. So I got invited to a Halloween House Party the first week. It was a good night ;)
    So the time was running like when you are on holiday. Everyday new impressions and I always had a lot of fun at work. After work I went to the gym „Sportsvillage“, it is next door and it belongs to the university athletic union. When I was home in the evening I usually had a nice dinner with my host family.
    At the weekends my colleague from Cologne, who lived at my host mother’s sister’s house, and me spent our time in London City. We went to the typical tourist attractions like Big Ben, London Tower Bridge, Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. It is an amazing city and I believed Cologne was a big city but then I saw London and I was surprised and overwhelmed. So we had a nice time in Hatfield and in London as well and became friends with lots of people there.
    I have good memories when I think back through my time in England. I think if you have the chance to make something like this, you should accept this offer because it's an experience for life and you can learn a lot from this time.
    For me the most important skill I got there was the communication with new people and the openness. I enjoyed learning new things everyday, especially for my language skills.

    My colleague Shayaan

    The Information Point

    My “boss” Sarah

    My host family

    My personal quote I always remembered since the first day there was: „Time is running very quickly so make the most of the time and just enjoy yourself.
  • Santa Claus Village

    Im Oktober / November 2015 waren Christine Kromm, Kim de Silva und Maximilian Gersbeck in Rovaniemi und haben Zeit gefunden, beim Weihnachtsmann im „Santa Claus Village“ vorbeizuschauen. Gearbeitet haben sie am Lapland Vocational College, im Arctic Circle Tourist Information Centre und für eine Sport-Kette namens Top-Sport Store.

  • Köln – Hatfield – London - Unser Auslandspraktikum

    Bereits im April / Mai 2015 haben Julia Michels, Marlen Dietze, Yvonne Antes und Stefanie Wewer ihr Praktikum in England absolviert und hierüber folgenden Kurz-Bericht mit Fotos geschickt:

    Sonntag, 26. April, ca 09:30 Uhr – Flug FR2813 landet in London Stansted. Regnerisch und kalt, wie man es sich in England vorstellt. Kurze Zeit später lernten wir auch schon unsere “lovely” Gastfamilien kennen und schlossen sie sofort in unser Herz. Nachdem auch die erste Nervosität wegen des neuen ungewohnten Arbeitsplatzes überstanden war, vergingen die Wochen wie im Flug: Gleich das erste Wochenende fuhren wir nach London und besichtigten alles, was es zu besichtigen gab, ganz “old-school” mit einem Stadtplan bepackt ging es vom Buckingham Palace bis hin zur Tower Bridge – gefühlte 10.000 km Fußweg! Das Wochenende war natürlich viel zu kurz, wir freuten uns aber auch wieder in den spannenden englischen Alltag einzutauchen.
    Am Tag erledigten wir unsere Arbeit  mit viel Freude, da andauernd neue Eindrücke und Herausforderungen auf uns warteten.
    Unsere Abende verbrachten wir auf die gute englische Art in Pubs oder auch bei einem von uns zu Hause, mal mit und mal ohne Gastfamilien.
    Wer sich Gedanken über die Sprachbarriere macht, liegt damit völlig falsch. Das Englischsprechen fällt einem leichter als gedacht und auch nicht ganz korrekte Sätze werden verstanden.
    Alles in Allem war unser Auslandspraktikum in Hatfield eine unvergessliche Zeit, von der wir bestimmt noch unseren Enkelkindern erzählen werden!

    Liebe Grüße aus Hatfield

    Julia, Marlen, Stefanie & Yvonne

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