Mit einem weinenden und einem lachenden Auge haben wir uns jetzt von unserer COST-Studentin aus Washington, D.C. verabschiedet, die von der University of Alabama zu uns gekommen ist. Sie hat uns im Englischunterricht von der 5 bis zur 12 unterstützt und den Schülerinnen und Schülern den American Dream, die Tradition des Thanksgiving und viele andere Aspekte amerikanischer Kultur authentisch nahegebracht. Leider musste sie uns nun verlassen, um ihr Studium in Tuscaloosa abzuschließen. Ob FC, Zoo, oder ein erster Eindruck vom Karneval, Köln hat ihr so gut gefallen, dass sie ein weiteres Jahr in Köln leben und arbeiten wird und uns sicher ab und zu besuchen kommt! Wir freuen uns darauf! Lassen wir sie selbst zu Wort kommen:
Hello everyone! My name is Chelsey Cavin, and I am the COST student that has been teaching here at KLS from August to late November of 2014. Over the course of my time spent here in Germany, I have fallen in love with the city of Cologne so much that I decided to move here in January of next year! Before I started this internship, I would never have dreamed that I would spend longer than four months living in Europe, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with this city and the people in it thanks to the wonderful experience I had at KLS!
Before I can come back to Cologne, I need to return home and graduate. I am from Washington, D.C. originally but I am currently a senior at the University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Language Arts. I really enjoyed being able to see what an English class in Germany is like, and I feel like my teaching horizons have been completely broadened by the cross-curricular nature of the curriculum here. English classes include a lot of social-studies themed material, so I got to teach about interesting aspects of America like the American Dream and immigration. I could never have gained such an interesting perspective on the world around me without coming to Germany and I am so thankful for that opportunity!
Throughout the four months I spent at KLS, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the caliber of students I got to work with. They are motivated, intelligent, and dedicated to their studies – a teacher’s dream! My students are what I will miss most about this experience, as they are ultimately the people that drove me to come to work every day with a smile on my face, ready to tackle the day. I can’t thank everyone who helped make this experience happen enough, from my coordinators in Alabama to my mentor here in Germany, Evelin Wright, and especially all the other teachers and students that made me feel so welcome during my time here.