As part of my undergraduate degree in German & History, I spent the last 9 months of the past academic year in Stuttgart, Germany. During this time, I taught English in a Realschule, using my time to gain an insight into life at a German school and use my language skills in a job setting.
My time spent in Stuttgart was fantastic and despite the challenges that living in a new place (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic), I was able to experience what makes Germany such a great place to live. I got to know some great people and got an insight into the cool aspects of Stuttgart and the Swabian region. Highlights included travelling to the Allgäu Alps region with my flatmates and hiking up the mountains there, seeing the Swabian Alb in all its wintry beauty and meeting some fantastic mates at the football in Backnang.
I’m extremely grateful for the financial support of the John Speak Trust, as it ultimately allowed me to have a fantastic & authentic experience in Germany. The funding enabled me to travel to new regions, where I encountered linguistic nuances and challenges to overcome, where I saw and learnt new things about Germany.
This funding didn’t only improve my language skills and cultural knowledge, but helped to provide me with the opportunity to improve my confidence and get the most out of my time in Germany. I’m really grateful for the Trust’s support.