An Aston student who is currently on her placement year in Germany is enhancing her experience by volunteering at a local school in Hannover.
Inge Behrens who is studying IBML/German is a volunteer learning assistant through the Learning Assistance Programme (LAP) and currently gives German and Maths support to high school students. LAP is an internationally recognised programme providing individual support for students through the positive participation of volunteers who work with junior or high school students on a one-to-one basis in partnership with teaching staff at the school.
Inge got incvolved in the scheme through two Aston University alumni - Damian Bunyan and Liz Stevens - who are parents to two children at the school. Damian works for E.ON IS in Germany and agreed to release placement students for one afternoon per week to be able to take part in the LAP scheme.
One LAP session lasts 45 minutes and students make up any hours missed at work on a different day during the week. Liz met David Tobin from the International Office in November when he visited the school for a university fair and informed him of the scheme. She explained that our students are perfect for the scheme because they can speak both English and German.
Further information about placement opportunities in the UK or overseas. You can also arrange to meet with the placements team in your School.
Words by David Tobin