When friends come back from their internships or their travels, you always have that one person who returns and never stops talking about it. Meals that they have were always better, that the people they’ve met were much nicer, or that their experience was life changing. I was that person, and I still am to a certain extent! People ask me to share my experience and I always tell them that if they get me started, I can easily spend three hours talking about it.
For my internship, I spent two months in a bi-lingual kindergarten in Münster, Germany. I flew into Düsseldorf International Airport with my German phrasebook in hand and with butterflies in my stomach. There was a little complication with my arrival time and I was told that AIESEC Münster’s members could pick me up at the Hauptbahnhof instead of the airport. I replied saying that it was fine, so naturally I was in a state of distress!
Needless to say, I arrived safely, and the two lovely AIESEC members who picked me up from the station, gave me an amazing welcome package and took me to my host family. I remembered be doe eyed throughout the bus ride—everything was so beautiful. It was a lovely day and the Prinzipalmarkt really was a sight for sore eyes!
My host family was everything I could ever ask for and more. They always made sure I was welcome and they were always there to lend helping hand. The house was only 30 seconds away from the kindergarten and my Münster bedroom was better than my bedroom back in Canada. They also made sure I got to try some traditional German dishes and of course, some German beer. I tried the famous (or infamous) European milk and even some canned bread. Some of my best nights were spent talking with them over some good ol’ beers. I even got to celebrate birthdays with them. They were above and beyond amazing to me, and they were my family away from home!
The job itself was wonderful as well. Everyone who worked there was super accommodating and eager to make my fellow intern, Michael, and I feel welcome. They also had a “Welcome Lisa” Fanta cake prepared for me when I sat down at the morning circle. How sweet is that? The children kept us busy all morning and afternoon. I completely forgot what it was like to be 5 years old and not care about getting hurt, and downright dirty! The days passed by really quickly and it was hard saying goodbye to the children and the amazing individuals I worked with.
AIESEC Münster really freaking awesome. Michael and I went to almost every LC meeting they had and the socials that followed were always quite the gathering! There were also several conferences, as well as events that were catered to just us interns. I will never forget us all on the road, and let’s face it, there is nothing quite like watching the UEFA EuroCup in Germany! They even tried to teach me how to ride a bike. I’m sad to report that I still don’t know how 😛 They made sure I was always included and called out for events. I found it hard not to cry on my last day!
The two months passed by much too quickly. I made new friendships, got lost in cities, and learned so so much. It really is something else; having a Skype conversation with someone 6000km away! I plan on visiting again real soon.
I think because of the shortness of my internship I didn’t miss Canada at all. The only thing I didn’t like from my internship was how short it was! Two months is just enough time for you to fall in love with the country and then you have to leave 🙁
Oh, someone shut me up! All joking aside, if you find an opportunity to do something like this, grab it! I know I will.