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VP student selected for German Exchange Programme

VP student selected for German Exchange Programme

Victoria Park High School matriculant, Sarah Fina, has been selected for the Weltwärts Reverse programme, a German Exchange Programme which will enable her to be a volunteer for 12 - 24 months in Germany.

Fina was one of 40 students between the ages of 18 and 28, who had applied for this position and was accepted after submitting her CV, a motivational letter as well as two references.

She applied for the Weltwärts programme through Masifunde Learner Development - a Non Profit Organisation based in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their suitability of working overseas, inter-cultural and communicative skills, experience and motivation.

The Weltwärts programme, which is funded by the German Government, sends German youth to get involved in development work all over the world and now allows young South Africans to go overseas to volunteer in a German community organisation for 12 months.

Pupils get to interact with students from all over the world and it is hoped that they grow personally from this experience.

“She will gain 12 months’ work experience, she will improve her intercultural skills, broaden her horizon and learn a new language, German, which will open many doors back in SA,” said Masifunde Managing Director, Jonas Schumacher.

Fina will be leaving for Germany in January 2015 where she will give her services to a youth organisation that offers music, drama and art programmes.

She, however, still has to do fundraising to be able to meet the costs of her flights, her visa, accommodation, pocket money, seminars and insurances. 

Photo caption: EXCITED... Sarah Fina. Image: Masifunde Learner Development via Facebook.