Messages from Past Ambassadors

What did our past Cultural Exchange Ambassadors say about their experiences?

“This project was definitely one of the highlights from my Year Abroad. It was a great experience for myself and my students. I gave me something constructive to do at work, and my students really loved writing their letters and receiving their parcels. “(UK Ambassador, 2018-19)

Durch das Projekt konnten die Schüler-innen sich mit englischsprachigen Schüler-innen austauschen und kreativ mit ihnen kommunizieren. Aus dem Projekt haben sich einige Brief “freundschaften” ergeben, die hoffentlich noch lange fortgeführt werden. Für die Schüler-innen war das Projekt eine Bereicherung. (German Ambassador 2018-19)

I have learned to be more confident in my skills, when organising and planning projects. I have learned more about British culture and have built more personal relationships with some of the students, making me feel more at home in the school.  (German Ambassador 2018-19)

I have learned how important cultural exchange is in the current ‘language learning climate’. It doesn’t come down to being able to speak a language well but also being interested in the culture, people, way of life etc. (UK Ambassador, 2017-18)

I feel I have learned how to incorporate authentic language material into the foreign language classroom. This way the students were more motivated and keen to speak and write German. Through my participation in this programme I improved my communication and organisational skills. (German Ambassador, 2017-18)

 

Leading the project has helped me grow in confidence, as well as brought me into contact with teachers I otherwise might not have worked with. It gave me a proper role within the school in that both students and teachers became more aware of who I was, and what I could offer – namely, authentic information about Britain. (UK Ambassador, 2016-17)

Ein Projekt mit motivierten Kindern durchzuführen und eine Deutsch-AG anzubieten, war die beste Erfahrung als Sprachassistentin für mich. Ich hatte sehr viel Spaß dabei, was für mich einen besonders wichtigen Aspekt dargestellt hat. (German Ambassador, 2014-15)

The CEA programme added a lot to my months as a FLA and this is why I would encourage future FLAs to take part. At the risk of sounding too cheesy: I feel that I have grown a lot during my time as a CEA and I think that I can say that I encouraged my students to become enthusiastic about Germany and other cultures in general.” (German Ambassador, 2018/19)

The project has opened my eyes to the importance of and the current situation regarding language learning. I learned more about what my role as an ELA could be. (UK Ambassador, 2017-18)