My On-Arrival seminar. What it gave me?
In November I had On-Arrival seminar in Naumburg. Here I am sharing with my impressions and one week experience with volunteers. And of course I am speaking about the result, that I recievied.
The first day of my volunteering work, when I came to the office I saw a paper hanged on
a wall, where I found my name and on front of it was written the name of the city Naumburg.
My colleagues said that it is our On- Arrival seminar. I was really curious about, what I will do
during the one week in Naumburg. Which kind of seminar is it?. And what can I received
from this short period?
The most ridiculous moment was, when I mistook the name of the city with
Hamburg. When it turned out that it’s Naumburg (This is a town in the federal land of
Sachsen-Anhalt, Central Germany)I had a little frustration. But I changed my mind when
on the first day inNaumburg at the bus station I saw a group of youngsters who were talking
aloud. At once I understood that they are also participants of the same seminar. I joined them and
we went to the hostel together by talking actively on the bus.
More later I got to know 19 interesting, clever, unique youngsters with different
backgrounds and from different countries. We were different with our temperaments and natures, but we had something in common.: a volunteering work, which can provide you many useful skills,
knowledge and opportunities.
Sometimes we can’t realize, what we are thinking about this or that topic and during this
week there was an opportunity for me to analyze and to pick up the knowledge about the
We could speak about our hobbies at breakfast and could discuss the politics during
dinner-time as well. We had a talks about volunteering work, discrimination, harassment etc. And the
most exciting part was, that we had a space to exchange our opinions about these topics.
From that week on I have a desire to learn new languages because every
morning I was listening to 7 different languages: German, Spanish, Italian, French,
Armenian, Russian, English. Kind of crazy, right? It was as much confusing, as it was funny.
Also I knew more about german history and culture during this week. We visited Halle. (It
is the largest city of German federal land of Sachsen-Anhalt ).The most interesting spot of our trip was Prison Memorial &quot;Roter Ochse&quot;. It served as a prison of the National
Socialistic judicial authorities and police force in 1933-1935. Our visit helped me to know more about Nazi
regime, about different fates and miserable lives. That is what a volunteering experience
can give you.
After this week it came up to my mind, that there are many people like me, who put aside
their fears and anxiety, and traveled to a new brand new world to discover themselves and what is around them. And I am going to met with them again in a different part of Germany
and to make my volunteering year more productive, funny and exciting.
So after all of this I am just looking forward to our second part midterm seminar.