We're going to trevel again! Today we move 1800 kilometers away, to Bremen, in northern Germany. There our student Mario Codes is taking the FCT module (on-site training) of the Vocational Course that he is dong,, “Cross-platform Applications (DAM)“. Let's see how well he is doing!
Hello Mario! Thank you very much for answering our questions. Please tell us, Where are you doing your Internship placement?
In a web design company. It is responsible for creating responsive websites from scratch, adapted and customized according to customer needs.
What tasks are you going to do, or have you already done?
Especially web design. Creation and design of 'layouts’ through HTML and .LESS by adapting the content created by the CMS company to what is needed..
Why did you decide to take an Erasmus + placement?
Because I have 4 years' study of the local language, and I think it is a good opportunity to put into practice what I have studied, and to continue improving and learning in a way that is simply not possible in a classroom. Besides I find that living abroad for a while is going to be a valuable experience.
Please tell us about your daily routine at work.
Wee, every 15 days, everybody in the company attends a meeting (it is a small company) and projects are assigned to each person, and deadlines for approximate delivery are set.
Once the project has been assigned, my graphic designer gives me a Photoshop file, which contains the layout of the structure and elements of the homepage, subpages, and how they should be adapted to different formats (mobile, tablet and desktop). My job is to convert the contents of these images into a functional website.
Is German easy to deal with? Is a high level required?
Well, like any language, it has its own peculiarities. If you start from scratch, it may be difficult because of its differences in grammatical structure with Spanish. Anyway almost everyone speaks English and you can get by around here with English alone.
As for levels, for the sake of establishing some type of reference, with an A2 diploma, I guess, you could get by basing on single sentences and from B1 onwards, , you can have entire conversations (if they speak to you fairly clearly and slowly).
What kind of accommodation have you got? How did you get it?
I share an apartment. When I came here, I had not arranged any housing. The first two nights were spent in a youth hostel, where I rented a temporary AirBnb floor for a week and a half. That week and a half was completely dedicated to making calls with a prepaid mobile, looking for a flat on the Internet, until I found the flat where I am staying now.
What have you found most striking so far?
The mentality of care and respect for the environment among established people.
Have you already visited somewhere nearby?
Yes, my flight reached Berlin, and I travelled to Bremen by train , visiting Berlin and Hannover on my way. I am also planning a trip to the port city (Bremerhaven) and it is my intention to travel back home in the same way that I came here, but taking it easier to see a little bit of everything.
What advice would you give to your colleagues who are thinking of applying for an Erasmus+ placement next year?
Although it is complicated, it is a good idea to look for a flat or accommodation prior to the journey. You avoid some share of stress in that way.
Summarize your experience so far in one sentence:
Thank you for answering our questions! Maybe you have the chance to send us a photo on one of the unusual sunny days. See you soon, we hope you learn a lot and enjoy the experience.