Im Jahr 2012 engagierte sich der Förderverein für ein Pilotprojekt mit der ESSVA – dem Gegenaustausch. Lesen sie hier wie sich Tatamo, unsere Stipendiatin, in Reutlingen geschlagen hat.
Dezember 2011 – Einleitung
Ab Januar 2012 wird unser Verein ein neues Projekt offiziell zu Laufen bringen – den sogenannten Gegenaustausch. Das Ziel ist es pro Jahr dem/der besten Studenten der ESSVA die Chance zu geben mit einem Vollstipendium ein Semester an der ESB Business School Reutlingen (FH Reutlingen) zu absolvieren.
Die erste Absolventin Tatamo Lovasoa hat 2011 ihr Studium an der ESSVA mit Bestnoten abgeschlossen und darf sich daher über diese einmalige Chance freuen. Wie bereits von unserem Vorstand Herrn Egbers in seinem Weihnachtsbrief angesprochen, laufen die Vorbereitungen auf Hochtouren und wir freuen uns alle, Tatamo im Januar in unserer schönen Stadt Reutlingen begrüßen zu dürfen.
Damit Sie auf dem Laufenden bleiben was dieses tolle Projekt angeht und damit Tatamo eine Möglichkeit hat Ihre Erlebnisse beschreiben zu können werden wir auf unserer Homepage einen sogenannten “Blog” (Reisetagebuch) eröffnen (bald auch in Deutsch)
1. Eintrag (18.12.2011)
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
it’s a great pleasure for me to write this first report to you; I’ll try to do it as often as possible during my stay in Germany.
I’m TATAMO Lovasoa; a student at ESSVA who has been granted a scholarship from Zukunft Madagaskar.·My first word is to thank the association and the ESB Business School in Reutlingen, which permitted me to pursue my studies in Germany; thank you very much to each member, especially for your generosity and availability.To start with, I would like to tell you about my feelings during the trip preparations.First of all, I feel very excited to leave Madagascar for the first time. I’m also really happy about studying abroad because it’s a great opportunity for me, I can broaden my knowledge and discover a new world. In addition to that, the exchange and getting used to a different culture, speaking a new language and trying new food, are things I am very enthusiastic about. I hope I will develop myself further and consequently contribute to the development of my country after my studies in Germany.Regarding the visa application everything went smoothly thanks to Melanie and Johanna. They helped me to fill in the application and went with me to the Embassy.My visa has been accepted by the Embassy and while I am waiting for my departure, I’m taking English and German classes in order to improve my skills to be able to communicate much better.
Thanks a lot for everything and merry christmas to you and your families!
2. Eintrag (11.03.2012)
Hallo,Willkommen in Deutschland!!
It’s a pleasure for me to write this second report to you; To start with I would like to be grateful to those who have helped me with my trip and my start in Germany.
I have been here in Reutlingen for 6 weeks so I’m getting used to many things already. Now allow me to tell you about my first impressions:
-The weather: ·When we left Madagascar the temperature was around 25°C and when I came here it was -8°C, so it was a big shock for me, and it was very difficult because I was freezing!! And when I arrived in my room at the student house I couldn’t feel the heat from the heater – I thought that it was turned off. ·However, now I’m getting used to it. It’s still cold for me but I can deal with it. I like looking at the snow especially when I’m outside and I can feel the snow falling down on me, and during the day when the sun is shining.I discovered a new life with other international students in my building: in my floor, we have some Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Malaysian, Australian and Japanese students. It’s interesting because you can learn from different cultures and also, it’s quite easy to make new friends because everyone is interested in getting to know the others.
– Language: ·When I arrived, I realized that everyone is used to speaking German, even the foreigners who live here!! ·It was difficult at the beginning because I was frustrated – I want to communicate with people but I can’t!! At the supermarket for example, it was frustrating: everything is in German, and sometimes I had to guess what was written on the product.
– Food: I have already tried some German food such as Maultaschen and Kartoffelsalat. I like it! One other thing: I was really surprised when I found out that it’s possible to find some Malagasy food here for a reasonable price: like “ravitoto” (cassava leaves), rice and leeches from Madagascar!! ·So now I can cook some Malagasy food from time to time and feel like at home.
– Trips: The trip from Madagascar to Reutlingen was interesting, and traveling with Melanie HOMOLKA was awesome!! We had a very small plane from Antananarivo to Johannesburg (South Africa), and our next plane was very big and comfortable. I’ve also traveled around since I got here. I went to Stuttgart, Ulm, Tubingen, Bad Urach and Metzingen. All of those cities are nice. I remember my visit to Ulm because we visited the highest church tower in the world and also the second longest river in Europe (Danube)
– Study: My semester started two weeks ago. I had different lectures, it was a big experience for me because the system is not the same, and I need to concentrate much more during the lectures because my ears are not yet used to understanding English right away and sometimes I couldn’t follow some explanations. But I believe that I’ll get used to it as well. The good thing is I have a lot of English practice which means I can improve my English.·
So, I hope that you had fun reading my report and that you’re looking forward to receiving the next one.·