My love for travelling stems from many journeys my parents took my sister and me on starting at an early age – the first trip I can (remotely) remember was to Kopenhagen when I was only a couple of years old. Whenever it was possible during school breaks and over holidays, we’d visit other countries and my parents ensured that my sister and I grew up as interested in other countries, languages, and cultures as possible. During my childhood, we spent our vacations in a host of European countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. As a result, both of us were very accustomed to traveling and we both chose to spend time abroad during and after high school.
I spent my junior year (11th grade) in the United States of America, living with a host family in the town of Mercer Island (near Seattle) and visiting the local school. When I had returned and graduated high school in Germany, I spent several months living and working in Bolivia as a volunteer. Unfortunately, a very persistent illness forced me to cut short the stay that was supposed to last a year after only four months and return to Germany. Nonetheless, the time I spent in South America was a fantastic experience and there was never any doubt in my mind that I’d want to travel more and live abroad again! Therefore, when the opportunity to spend a semester in Spain with the ERASMUS program presented itself, I took it immediately. I am very much looking forward to my time in Valencia, making new experiences and further improving my knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
What I do
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Student of History and Political Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
since winter term 2013/14
Federal Agency of Civic Education
Student assistant in event management
since May 2014
What I did before
Los Masis, Bolivia
Volunteer in a music project helping urban kids
August to September 2012
Tauwetter drug rehabilitation clinic
Internship (working with patients, supervising work and sports therapy sessions)
June to December 2013