Teaching Abroad: Brooke Soto

Brooke Soto

Teaching Abroad

My Class at the British Berlin School!

Major: Education

Year in school: Senior

Program: Teaching Abroad at Berlin British School

 

 

 

“Teaching abroad has been a life changing opportunity for me. I am experiencing new cultures, languages, and people. I am also discovering different teaching strategies that I believe will make me a better teacher.”

 

 

Why did you choose to teach where you did?

When opportunity knocks… open the door! I first heard about teaching abroad this past spring. A guy came in to talk about how he student taught in France and how he is currently teaching in France because of this. After class was done I went and talked to him about how he was able to do this. He told me about a program, through the school, that allowed him to pick a country and teach there. I knew this was something that I had to do. With my love of traveling and my desire to teach, I applied to teach abroad and (spoiler alert) was accepted! My first choice was to teach in Vienna but God had other plans for me. I wasn’t able to teach in Vienna but was accepted to teach at the Berlin British School in Germany.

 

What were somethings you had to get used to living in Germany?

There are many thing that I will have to get used to.

1. Most stores (including grocery) are closed on Sunday.

2. Your life doesn’t revolve around your schedule… it revolves around the U-bahn, S-bahn and Tram schedules.

Berlin Blockade and Airlift

3. You can’t be soft spoken.

4. It will feel like leg day every day.

5. If someone tries to hand you something, don’t take it. They’re probably trying to take something from you or get you to buy it. Also, your purse is your best friend so always keep a hand on it.

6. Don’t smile. It’s considered flirting. But for real.

7. If you need help with translating or getting somewhere just ask. People are typically very friendly and then you have a new friend.

8. Almost every building has some sort of historical significance. So take lots of pictures.

9. Yes, there is a McD’s 2 blocks away and you did pass a BK’s on the S-Bahn but…. TRY NEW FOODS!

Living in a different country provides opportunities that may never come again. Being adventurous is the best way to enjoy my time here.

What are some things you enjoyed learning while abroad?

Walking around Berlin there is history around every corner. It’s amazing what I’m learning along the way. I discovered that there is an abandoned airport in the middle of Berlin.

bogIn 1948, Soviets cut off West Berlin from having access supplies. This was done because West Berlin was located in the middle of the Soviet’s portion of Germany. They were afraid of what might happen if the anti-Soviet West Berliners united against them. In response, Operation Vittles was formed. Within the next year the Allied forces sent around 2.3 million tons of cargo to West Berlin to keep them from falling apart. The Berlin Airlift is a memorial (located in “Platz Der Luftbrucke”) to those who died trying to help the people of Berlin get the supplies they needed.

Want to read more about my experience abroad? Follow my personal blog posted below!

https://brookelynnsoto.wixsite.com/brookeingermany

Fall Study Abroad Fair!

The Fall Study Abroad Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13th from 10:00 – 2:00 & 4:00-6:00, in Phoenix Ball Room B/C.

Students will have the opportunity to attend the Fall Study Abroad Fair and learn about all of thedomestic and international study programs available.

Study abroad advisors and program representatives as well as various campus & community resources will be on site to answer questions and assists students in learning about these amazing opportunities!  Whether you wish to study abroad for a few weeks, a semester, or a full year we have a program that will fit your needs.  Also, we have three new, exciting programs to JAPAN, CHILE, & LONDON beginning this Spring semester – come check it out!

Visit the Study Abroad Fair and find out more about how YOU can study abroad!

Study Abroad Info Sessions

Want to learn more about certain programs?  Not sure if there is a program right for you?  Come find out more at one of our information sessions:

 

Student Teaching Abroad

Thursday, Sept. 14th @ 3:30pm

Tuesday, Sept. 26th @ 1:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 27th @ 5:00pm

Office of International Education– CL 108

 

NEW Study Abroad Programs

Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 10:00am

Office of International Education– CL 108

 

Spanish Immersion Programs

Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 3:30pm

Office of International Education– CL 108

 

Winter Faculty-led (Travel Courses)

Wednesday, Sept. 20th @ 1:00pm

Office of International Education– CL 108

 

London Internships

Thursday, Sept. 21st @ 1:30pm

Office of International Education– CL 108

 

Semester Abroad Programs

Thursday, Sept. 21st @ 3:30pm

Office of International Education– CL 108

Scholarships and Grants Available for Study Abroad

There are a lot of opportunities to help fund your study abroad experience!

Please visit the website: http://www.uwgb.edu/international/studyabroad/financialaid.asp  to learn more about the options offered by both the OIE and other campus departments.  Some scholarships or grants include:

Travel Grant

Wochinske Scholarship

Global Citizen Scholarship

Arendt Family Scholarship

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

and MANY more!!

Look to see which ones you are eligible for and apply now!  Deadlines are coming up quickly!

 

 

 

Connect with the OIE

Connect with us!

 

We are in a new location- Cofrin Library 108 (by the Garden Cafe)

We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.  Stop in, call, or make an appointment to meet with one of our advisors.

You can call us at 920-465-2190 or email oie@uwgb.edu- also find us on social media (@UWGB_oie or #UWGBstudyabroad)

Applications OPEN for Winter and Spring 2018 programs!

Start thinking about starting your application for a spring semester or winter 2018 study abroad program!  Begin your application right from our website – simply click on the individual program link and click “Apply Now”!

 

DEADLINES:

Denmark: SEPTEMBER 1st

International Student Teaching: SEPTEMBER 15th

NEW!!  Osaka (Japan): SEPTEMBER 15th

Spring Semester programs (see exceptions above): OCTOBER 2nd

Winter Interim faculty-led programs (travel courses): OCTOBER 2nd

Hessen International Winter University (IWU): OCTOBER 2nd

 

But earlier is always better!)

 

**Make sure you look for our NEW programs in London, Japan, & Chile as well as our NEW combined faculty-led (travel course) & student teaching in Cuernavaca!

 

http://uwgb.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll

 

The OIE has MOVED!

The OIE has moved into our new space over the summer!  Make sure you come visit our new office in Cofrin Library 108 (right by the Garden Cafe!

See you soon!

Spring 2018 applications will be open soon!

We are in the process of updating our full website (content, budgets, attachments, etc.) and will have applications ready and open for spring 2018 study abroad programs very soon!

Please keep an eye on our websites and social media for updates and our announcement when applications are open.  If you have questions in the meantime, please let us know!

We are open all summer, so stop in, email or give us a call.

Thanks!

A Semester in Germany: Emily Van Rossum

 

Name: Emily Van Rossum

Majors: Democracy and Justice Studies/Spanish

Year in School: Sophomore

Program: Semester at IUSP Phillips Univerität Marburg, Germany Spring 2017

 

Why did you choose to study abroad?VanRossum S17 Phillips sign

I have been dreaming about studying abroad my entire life, since I was about 5 years old. I did not know exactly     where I wanted to go, but I knew it would be in Europe. My mother had studied abroad in England, and my father had spent some time in Germany as well, so they were very supportive in my spending a semester here. The UW system has a great study abroad program, which was a quality I valued when looking at attending college. I had also grown up to know that living in a different country will bring countless benefits to your future life, so I continually worked towards setting up my academic plan in such a way that I could have time to fit this into my curriculum. Starting early has paid off in my case, because I’m not behind in credits, and am actually still on track to graduating on time.

 

 Why did you choose to go where you did?

Many people have been surprised that I chose to study in a German city when I am earing my degree in the Spanish language. I chose Marburg for a few reasons. First, I wanted to explore the most of Europe that I could during my time abroad. There is rarely another period like this in life that will allow you to travel to so many places in such limited time. Germany is centrally located in Europe, which warrants many opportunities for adventure. I have a strong German and Dutch heritage, so curiosity about where I came from also influenced my choice.

 

What did you struggle with? 

The university itseVanRossum S17 Berlin Wall (1)lf is spread out all over the city, with buildings by the cafeteria, and also right across from Elisabethkirche, the church of Marburg’s patron saint. This might seem very daunting when coming from a school where all of the buildings are connected by tunnels, but I found that locating everything took a relatively short period of time. It’s similar to being a freshmen all over again. One of the struggles has been learning the bus system, but getting lost sometimes leads to finding new adventures; not always a bad thing.

 

Another personal struggle has been not knowing the language. I do have a language course I am taking here, and we learn a lot of helpful information, like how to navigate the German culture, words or phrases to order in restaurants, and what to look for when in a train or bus station. It takes a little time to adjust hearing German everywhere, but I have found that when I return to Marburg after being in a different country for a weekend trip, all the German sounds perfectly normal, even if I can’t understand the majority of it.

 

 

How has studying abroad personally help you?

Surprisingly, my time abroad has actually helped with my homesickness. I am one of those people that loves to stay in bed and watch movies all day, but being in Germany has helped me be more outgoing. I don’t have a TV in my room, so I find that I am going out more, taking weekend trips, and doing my homework in a different building, which helps me not to think about home so much. Of course I miss my family and loved ones, but I know they will be waiting for me as soon as I step off the plane in Wisconsin. My mission is to enjoy my time here and bring back amusing stories to tell. And to study of course.

 

What is your favorite experience studying abroad?VanRossum S17 Brandenburg Gate

My favorite experience in Germany so far has been visiting a blind cafe. Here in Marburg they have a special school for blind students, and the city itself is tailored to assisting them in leading independent lives. The bus stops have audible schedules, the sidewalk has specific ridges on it so indicate where a walking path is, and the crosswalks will all make a noise to signal that it’s safe to cross the street.

In an attempt to bring awareness to regular people who have their sight, there is a blind cafe in which the dining experience is done totally in the dark. The waiters are blind, and there is not one shred of light that helps you see your food. I had apple pie and ice cream when I went, and used my hands more than I used utensils to eat my food. It truly gave the feeling of not having any sight at all, and how it must feel like to navigate everyday tasks without being able to see.

 

What advice do you have for those who want to study abroad?

My first piece of advice for anyone planning to study abroad is to always be open: open to meeting new people, open to eating new foods, or open to listening to opposing views someone may have. Be open to finding a new bus when yours is not on time, and open to the new university system. Second thing is always have wet wipes. They come in handy more often than you think, and it is always good to have some on you. Three, there is never a shortage of German bakeries, and life is too short to not go and enjoy all of them.

 

I cannot wVanRossum S17 Disney Castle (1)ait to get back to America and see how much I really have changed without realizing it. Besides there being obvious differences in the language and the way the university is set up, I know I have habits that have been modified. For example, Germans usually only buy groceries for one or two days, never a huge cart full, and the stores are not open 24/7. I have now gotten in the habit of buying food for only a few days in advance, so I anticipate feeling a subtle difference at home. However I have changed though, I know that I will always look back at this adventure with great appreciation for such an amazing semester.

Winter 2018 Travel Course Info online!

Check out our website (Destinations, then search for Winter courses) to see what is being offered this coming winter!  More information regarding costs, dates, and specific itineraries will come over the summer.  The courses offered (with focus) are:

Argentina (Spanish)
Cuernavaca, Mexico (Business, Education & Social Work)
Ecuador (PEA, URS, & Geography)                                                                                                                                                                         Rwanda (DJS & PEA)

South Africa (Democracy & Justice Studies)

 

Don’t forget about our two winter university programs in Germany (Hessen IWU)!!

All deadlines for applications are October 2nd

The Office of International Education is open ALL summer, so call, email, or stop in with questions!