My first time in England – and the first work experiences abroad

For the last two weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming 17 year old German student Joel to work in our office. Here’s what Joel had to say about his experience:

It was for the first time in my life to visit the UK especially England. I had a very long trip from my town to Torquay. 2 hours from Backnang to Frankfurt Airport with the car, 1 hour and 45 min by plane from Frankfurt to London Heathrow than I had to wait for the bus 3 hours at the airport. I was very tired. But finally after 6 hours I arrived safely in Torquay where the Host family was waiting for me at 5am in the morning.

The first meeting

On Monday at 2pm was the first meeting for new TTPL students. We were only 3 Students, there were also two girls who came from France. The people who received us were very kind and friendly. For me the Meeting was full of information, important for our duration. We also learned the stereotypes about the British people; it was a little bit funny. We got some rules concerning the host families and our internship. We also got the chance to get to know each other. At the end every one of us got an overview paper, to know at which time he or she hast to start the work.

The first day in the office

I was working at the Training Partnership in the area of Marketing and Design. On my first the day at work they introduced me to all members at the office. TTPL made a tour with me through the whole building, and showed me where the kitchen is, where the toilets are and so on. Afterwards I had to read an information sheet that contains important private information of the work and applies to all workers. In the end I and my manager had to sign. My first task was to create an art brochure with all activities in or near Torquay in the month of June. It was a lot of work but in the end I mastered it well.

Two weeks in summary

Every task I got was 100% successful. Everything I did corresponded to the ideas of my leader, and so I was always able to leave a good impression. Creating information sheets on the area, activities, events etc. for future students was usually my job. But on one day we visited some students from the TTPL which were placed in another work placement to do an internship. We ask them some questions about their work, about the cities and region, about their stay and how did they get this opportunity. I helped to film the students. That was really fun for me because there was a little variety in the work and not always the same thing.

On the whole, I am grateful to the TTPL that I was allowed to have this experience. I was very happy. And I also thank “” that they went looking for me and found this internship.