September

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September
Sonntag, 27. März 2016, of Freiwillige(r): Rhiannon Bailey

So initial thoughts : this is terrifying. I am somebody who doesn't like change, so the fact that I am currently sat alone in a foreign country not really having a clue what to do is miles out of my comfort zone. Fortunately the weekend that we arrived was Lanternfest - a big festival in Halle - which brought us all together and also got us into the city. Not only that but we also got a traditional Halle tour to give us a little insight into Halle. Suddenly things are getting official, I am now an official citizen of Halle and have my own Sparkasse account. I mean I'm practically German. So now that we're pretty much settled, well by settled I mean we know how to get from 'home' to the Marktplatz, we can now explore the work placements. We got a tour around everyone's Hort/ Kindergarten (of varying depth) ready for our first day! I felt like having just passed my A-level German I should be able to talk to kids. But no. I had kids translating my German to the other kids who had no idea what I was saying. But then I had no clue what they were saying either so at least the feeling was mutual. However within a few days (well maybe a few weeks) I got more used to the accent here, and the way the kids spoke - so maybe it was worthwhile afterall to do all that German revision. Along with work we have also been doing different things around Halle. (A large majority of my time is spent in the cafe down the road as that has internet and our internet still isn't sorted) We've been to the Zoo - you get free tickets when you become a Halle citizen, we've done German lessons at the local refugee home, wandered around Händel's house, been ice skating and much much more. For a city that no one's really heard of, there's actually quite a lot to do. So it's the 24th of september and I've started my project already, I'm pretty sure that all the others won't start for a few months yet, but I suppose that is why I'm here so I may as well start it. My project is focused around English songs, so obviously I started with Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. It could have gone better, I mean the kids could have behaved a bit more or I could be better at controlling them in German, but at the end of the day I think they had fun. As the end of the month comes I realise how far I have come. I would be lying if I said I felt completely settled here, but I can say that I can see me staying here and genuinely enjoying the year. The kids and my mentor at work seem lovely and I think they will be the main reason for that.