Simone Hermann, Johanna Denkschmid and Melanie Hupfauer in front of the Suspension Bridge

At the beginning of April we, a group of Kathrein trainees, who consist of Simone Hermann, Johanna Denkschmid and Melanie Hupfauer, took the chance to spend our internship abroad.

At the end of the last year the selection process started for the three-week foreign training period in Bristol, England. We had applied with a motivational letter to the vocational school, our knowledge of English was checked during an interview. The interview was in English and we were asked about our expectations of foreign training. Afterwards, we wrote our applications and sent them off to England. In January, we received the good news that all three of us were being allowed to go to Bristol along with 17 other girls.

On Sunday, 03 April 2016 we met at 06:45 at Munich Airport and flew from there to Heathrow, London. We took a coach from there and arrived around four o’clock in the afternoon at Bristol coach station. Our host families were waiting here for us and collected us from the coach station.

The next morning our group of 20 girls met our organiser at St. Nicholas House to get some new information and to discuss the plan for the next three weeks. After a short tour of the city everyone contacted their host companies. So that we were well prepared for our first day at work.

Then it was time for the start of our internship and we introduced ourselves to the company.  All the colleagues were very friendly and helpful. They were happy to get to know us and were really interested in the German way of life. The work included many different tasks, for example we did filing, customer surveys and banking administration.

After our work we met and visited some sights in Bristol in small groups. The Cabot Tower offers an amazing view over the city and the wonderful Suspension Bridge is also worth a visit.

In the evenings we had dinner together with our host families and spoke about our experiences of the day, we played games and watched movies. We had the opportunity to improve our language skills and to get lots of information about life in Bristol.

In the second week our teachers flew to Bristol and visited us in our host companies. During this time we went on a group trip to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. There we visited Cardiff Castle and after lunch we took a water taxi to Cardiff Bay.

Of course, we also went to see London. On our second weekend the three of us and some other girls took the bus to visit the English capital city. We had a tight schedule, as we wanted to see as many sights as possible in the short time of two days.

Beside Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge we visited a lot of other sights. The next morning we went to the London Eye and ended off the day with visit to a big M&M store.

After an ample meal we caught the bus back to Bristol at 9 pm.

On other weekends we visited the cities of Bath, Cheddar, Wells, Glastonbury and the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. It gave us a chance to experience the English way of life.

On Saturday 23 April 2016 we came back to Germany with a smile in one eye and a tear in the other.

During our three week journey we had many wonderful moments and we could improve our language skills by working with English companies and living together with our host families. Due to this experience we are much more confident to use our English language skills in our daily work in Germany.


Simone Hermann, Johanna Denkschmid and Melanie Hupfauer