Team VII (18 September 2018 – March 2019)
Hello, Hallo, and Sabaidee,
We are Team VII, and thrilled to be living and working in Laos this autumn and winter!
We are now briefly going to introduce ourselves to you by telling you who we are, what we do, and what our roles and tasks are going to be in Laos very soon!
If you are lacking time today or prefer photos to text – no problem! You can find us on Instagram under angels_for_children as well.
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Primary Schools Ban Sikeud & Ban Phang Heng
My name is Meike and I have recently graduated from Karlsruhe University of Education.
I am now looking forward to a change which is working and living in Laos! For the former, I will mainly be responsible for English at the two primary schools, but I will also help out teaching the many “Mopsy” children. I am particulary excited about working with Anja and Pauline on further developing the maths section of the project, which was only recently added by our predecessor Fabian. As I studied both maths and English as majors for my primary school degree, I am looking forward to putting theory into practice – with adaptations when & where necessary 🙂
For the living part, I cannot wait to learn about and from the Lao culture, try the iced coffee, sing karaoke, and use my free time to go travelling and explore the country’s beauty. Together with Dilara, I am responsible for regular contributions on the blog, and therefore, for keeping you readers up-to-date. Stay tuned for the developments in the project as well as for our personal experiences and adventures, which we will happily share with you!
My name is Malin. I did my Abitur this year and am extremely glad to get the chance to be part of this project. I heard about it from a friend of the family, started reading the blog, talked to previous team members, visited the introduction seminar in January, and applied.
After twelve years of being a pupil, I am excited about switching roles and trying myself out as an assistant-teacher helping at the primary schools. I will focus on working with the pre-schoolers (“Mopsies”) at Ban Sikeud Primary School. I will also offer different activities in the afternoon. Since I love doing sports, singing, and dancing, I will try to share my joy for these hobbies with the pupils during Activity Time. Together with Anja, I will work on the “Pageflow” (Live documentation) as my special task, in order to offer further visual insight into our life in Laos. Scroll down the main page of this blog and you will find it!
I am very much looking forward to tackling this challenge together with the rest of the team and to learn about the Lao way of life.
Ban Phang Heng Lower Secondary School
Hallo, Hello and Sabaidee,
My name is Jasmin Unterweger and I am 22 years old. Currently I am in my second semester at the University of Education Karlsruhe. I am studying to become a primary school teacher with bilingual competencies. My subjects are English, science (with focus on biology), and mathematics.
In my free time, I like going to music festivals as well as going running and doing some painting or yoga. Besides that, my absolute favorite pastime is travelling, either to see new places and learn about the local cultures or to meet friends who live abroad.
I have already travelled through parts of Southeast Asia before, but I have not lived in an Asian country yet. Therefore you can perhaps imagine how excited I am to get the chance to live and work in Laos for half a year. I will be working at the Ban Phang Heng Lower Secondary School, where I will take care of the Science Lab. In the villa, my special task will be housekeeping. I feel very lucky that I got the opportunity to participate in a Lao language intensive course at the Savannkhèt University beforehand. In these past two weeks I learned how to have basic conversation as well as read and write in the Lao Alphabet. This will help me to communicate with the lovely Lao women who will help us with the household.
I am looking forward to diving into the Laotian culture and really getting to know the Lao and their beautiful country. Surely, we – the German and Lao teachers – will have an amazing time together!
I am Pauline, 20 years old, and I am studying at the University of Education in Karlsruhe. From September 2018 until March 2019 I will work at Bang Phang Heng Lower Secondary School. I am responsible for teaching and supporting the maths teachers together with Anja and Meike. My special task is to be the “media manager” for the team at the schools.
Because I am very into arts I would love to develop an art workshop as part of our daily Activity Time in the afternoon. The pupils should get the chance to not only learn the English language in class but also receive an opportunity to apply their (new) knowledge afterwards, which is crucial to learning in general, and to language-learning even more so. I am really looking forward to diving into this very special culture, to meet lots of lovely Lao people and to spend the next six months in Laos.
My name is Anja and I am 25 years old. I study Elementary Education with the main subjects mathematics and English at the PH in Karlsruhe and will be taking the final state exams this coming September/October.
I am very excited about spending my time in Laos working with the mathematics teachers at Ban Phang Heng Lower Secondary School. Aside from that, I will be managing the “Pageflow” together with Malin.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing in an orchestra, and travelling to different countries and places. After having been to the Philippines several times, I am looking forward to getting to know the people and the culture of another Southeast Asian country. Of course I cannot wait to try the Laotian cuisine, too.
See you soon!
Hello, my name is Natalie, I am 24 years old and I study Elementary school education with the main subjects English and history at the University of Education in Karlsruhe. I will be finishing my studies in October and I am very excited about going to Laos straight after. I am going to teach English and methodology to the English teachers at Ban Phang Heng Lower Secondary School. In addition, I will be responsible for the Didactics Room. In my free time, I like cooking, doing sports (especially horseback riding and running), and spending time with my family and friends.
I look forward to working and living in Laos!
My name is Marleen and I will be working at Ban Phang Heng Secondary School with a focus on the Science Lab, together with Jasmin. Although my second main subject (besides English) is art, I am very excited about exploring and conducting science experiments together with the teachers and students! I am looking forward to continuing the work of my predecessors and using different tools for fascinating experiments with the pupils.
Besides my work at Ban Phang Heng, I will also be responsible for the Lending Library at Ban Sikeud. Going to Laos offers me the opportunity to experience learning in conditions that will be completely new and challenging for me. I hope that I can broaden my horizon with regards to my professionalisation as a teacher and support the further development of the project!
Lao-German Technical College
My name is Nicole and I am 25 years old. I studied English and Catholic religion for primary education and graduated this spring. Until I start my teacher traineeship in Germany at the beginning of February 2019, I fortunately got the chance to make my own “Laos experience”. Together with Dilara and Patricia, I will work at the Lao-German Technical College. There I will be responsible for teaching „Technical English“ to students in their first and second year of training. I am experienced in the field of Technical English as I worked as a student assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for over three years. I am certainly eager to learn more about technological processes during my time with the Lao students. Above all, I am very much looking forward to getting to know Laos and their educational system.
Sabai dee everyone! My name is Patricia and I am a 23-year-old student of the PH Karlsruhe, studying the teaching degree for primary schools with English and German as main subjects. It has been almost 5 years, so I am about to hit the home stretch soon. But before that, I am more than excited to be part of the “Teaching in Laos”-project!
In my spare time, I like listening to music as well as making music, being in nature, cooking, and spending cozy evenings with friends. Another big passion of mine is traveling. Unfortunately, I have not been on Asian ground for more than a few days yet, so I am really looking forward to getting to know the Lao culture.
Together with Nicole and Dilara, I will be working at the Lao German Technical College from mid-September to mid-January. Besides teaching the Beginner classes, I am excited about working and cooperating with my future Lao tandem-teacher. As I will be in charge of the Didactics Room and the Lending Library, I plan to establish a comfy reading corner in which everybody can read and relax at the same time. I would also love to start a “Reading Club” in which we read interesting Simplified Readers together and share our reading experiences afterwards. Everybody is welcome 🙂
See you soon – only a few more weeks to go!
Hi, my name is Dilara and I am 24 years old. I will be teaching English at the Lao-German Technical College in Vientiane together with my future room-mates Patsy and Nicole.
At the LGTC, I will be teaching the Elementary class from September to February for five months. I have never been to an Asian country before, so I am very eager to explore everything there along with the teaching, which will be an interesting experience. Being part of this project is an honour paired with a lot of responsibility. I hope my stay in Vientiane will be as profitable for the LGTC students and teachers as it will be for me. As we already met two of the Lao teachers from the LGTC in Weiherhammer (Bavaria) at the BHS summer party in July, I am calmer than I was before and greatly motivated to take this challenge.
Text & photos by Team VII, group photos by S. Ud-Din & I. Martin