1. The Arrival in Regensburg
Ma name is Wilson and I am 22 years old. This year I will do my French-German voluntary service in the field of higher education in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany: Regensburg! As a volunteer one of my aim will be to organize cultural activities for international students and develop the international cooperation of the Student Union (“Studentenwerk”).
What is the French-German voluntary service in the field of higher education?
The French-German voluntary service in the field of higher education is organized by the Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk (DFJW). It allows young Germans and Frenchmen between 16 and 25 years of age to gain practical experiences at an university or a Student Union in the respective partner country. The volunteer supports projects of the deployment site and can develop his or her own projects with help from his or her tutor. I will of course inform you about my future projects here at this website as well as in Facebook and Instagram.
My first impression of Regensburg
Regensburg is a city of busses and bikes. Particularities of this city are the sunny disposition of its inhabitants and the unique nature of its sights, such as the Stone Bridge, the old town that can at times be confusing with its numerous alleys and the nearby Walhalla in Donaustauf. The Biergärten are comfortable and as a gourmet I can tell you that the food here is exquisite! In the university canteen the food is really tasty, too.
And first difficulties?
My tutor came to pick me up at the train station upon arrival. He helped me with the administrative paperwork that every new inhabitant of Regensburg has to challenge. This help made my first steps in Regensburg a lot easier. Upon arrival in Germany you have to register at the local city office, a fact that maybe not every new foreign student might be aware of. Without the help from my tutor I have almost forgotten my registration. Nobody likes this kind of red tape but it is not possible to avoid!
This isn't my first time abroad for I have already passed five months in Göttingen during my studies. I am cosmopolitan and feel a close connection with Germany and its culture. My team seems to be open minded and is always there to help me with my tasks. In any case, I am sure to gather unforgettable memories over the coming months in this city of dreams!