November 12, 2013
My name is Carol and I am an intern with the language program at Deutsches Haus. I got my Masters in Germanic languages at the University of Zurich in 2012 and since then I have been teaching German literature at a Swiss high school and travelled to New York several times. Last year I stayed in Manhattan for 4 months, went to Kaplan International School at the ESB building, and worked for a tourism company providing various tours through New York as a tour guide. It was an interesting, versatile experience and a great deal of fun to drive through Manhattan for 3 and half hours with a bus full of German-speaking tourists to whom I explained the city via microphone. Thereby, I got to know the city quite well.
Maybe this made me come back to New York once more and work for Deutsches Haus at NYU. Since September 2013 I have been involved in teaching children’s classes together with my co-teacher Anja Hardin. We teach 8 different classes, ranging from pre-k classes with 3-4 year-olds to a bilingual class with 10-13 year-olds. Each class has its own personality and energy. It is interesting to find out about the needs of different classes and to find individual ways to teach German in the most interesting and fun way.
Teaching our interested, young students puts a smile on my face every day. They make me laugh and amaze me every day with their creative, playful, and very smart way to see the world and talk about it in German!
When there are no classes going on, I don’t just work in the language program, but also in the cultural program, which gives me great insight into how events are set up and organized. As a literature major I love attending the many interesting lectures and conversations, which discuss contemporary and older works of literature and philosophy, and many more topics from politics to cuisine. Speaking of cuisine, another passion of mine is to cook and bake, which is another capability I can make use of here, so, no talents go to waste at Deutsches Haus!