Working abroad? -
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Living and working abroad within Europe is for many people a good alternative and a welcome opportunity to develop professionally. The united Europe we live in offers countless and exciting opportunities.
The Wittekind-Gymnasium as a so-called European School and coordinator of the Erasmus+ project CARE (https://www.wittekind.de/cms/index.php/international/care-cooperating-actively-for-responsibility-and-empathy), which aims at promoting the career choice orientation of the pupils, attaches great importance to imparting these European ideals to young people already during their school time and to sensitize them for the diversity the EU has to offer.
This year, two pupils of Wittekind-Gymnasium were offered a great opportunity: They were given the chance to do an internship abroad for one week and also to host a guest from the Netherlands for one week. Jana Weiß (EF) and Björn Schier (9c) accompanied by the coordinators of the CARE project Silke Horst and Jessica Stefener travelled to Helmond in the Netherlands at the end of January to get to know three interesting companies at once. They were allowed to stay in the host families of their Dutch partners and visit the companies GNT, GEA and the Driessengroup (https://www.driessengroep.nl/humancampus) with them.
At GNT (https://exberry.com/) they learned something about "Food Colouring", where natural colouring agents are obtained from natural resources such as algae, carrots or beetroot without the use of chemicals.
At GEA (https://www.gea.com/nl/index.jsp) they experienced a completely different sector and were able to learn about food processing and how pharmaceutical products are manufactured and meat is processed. Special cooking systems were introduced, a meat grinder was "operated" and tested by the trainees.
During their time together in Lübbecke, Jana spent the internship with her guest Alexander at the Harting Technology Group in Espelkamp (https://www.harting.com/DE/de), while Willem, Björn's exchange partner, got to know the IMA Schelling Group (https://www.ima.de) in Lübbecke.
However, all participants confirmed that the time spent was much more than just an internship exchange, as it gave the participants the opportunity to get to know new families and cultures. They also had the chance to improve their English language skills and to try out the language learned at school in real situations and the professional world.
We are curious to see who will go on this trip next year with the help of the Erasmus+ (https://www.erasmusplus.de/) CARE programme to explore the international labour market.
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