Success stories

J. Manuel Schwander

Age: 22 years

City of residence: Homburg

Profession: Hotel and catering specialist

When I found out about the program, I decided to take part simply because my time at the University of Granada, where I was studying at the time, had been a total disaster. I was in my second year of studies and realized that I wanted something more practical, like a vocational training. My father told me how the vocational training in Germany is designed and I decided to take the leap.

My arrival in Germany was very pleasant. Surprisingly, I was welcomed by a heat wave; I remember it was 37ºC that day.

To be honest, I had been to Germany before and I even was born there. Therefore, I didn’t have any problems at the airport or with the busses. I was picked up punctually at the bus station of the city where I live now.

I live in Homburg in a shared flat with a German girl and my work mate from the vocational training, who is from Alicante. Homburg is a small town or rather a large village with about 34,000 inhabitants. In my opinion, the town is a bit dispersed, you often have to travel great distances within the city. The historical centre is very nice, there is a pedestrian precinct with lots of shops, a couple of churches and fountains. Furthermore, there is an outlet shopping centre outside of town, which attracts many tourists, especially from France.

The company I work for is a small 3-star hotel with 45 rooms. The hotel has a restaurant and a terrace, which is almost always fully booked. The hotel is right next to the park and only a few steps from the river. I think the location is great.

I have settled in all right. It wasn’t very hard, although I do miss many things in Spain, most of all the beaches of Cabo de Gata, my friends and family, and Mojácar. The Germans are generally very educated but more distant than us Spaniards. And I was surprised they drink their beer with too much foam. Furthermore, they have a wrong image of the Spanish, they think all we do is party and that we do not take work too seriously.

After three weeks, I would say that the experience has been very positive. I’ve learned a lot with practice, with respect to the German language as well as at work, where I received valuable advice from my colleague Daniel. I would advise anyone who wants to do the same to be very patient with themselves and others, because in this job you have to work very long hours. I also think it is a great advantage to already have some working experience in your home country, for example as a waiter, because that’s the most important part of the training and will be of great use to you.

At the moment, I am determined to stay here for the three years of the vocational training. And after that, only time will tell…

Alba García

Age: 25 years

City of residence: Dierhagen (Saxony)

Profession: Hostelry technical

I decided to work in Germany because I had knowledge of MobiproEU program and really liked it. It is an opportunity, with many future prospects. In Spain I was studying until I started working in a department store, but with the arrival of the crisis, I lost my job. So I was unemployed.

My arrival in Germany was very good, because from the beginning I was not afraid with the language, and I went alone for a walk. I even ordered coffee in German, without problems, since you have to be brave and face the language. If you do not start practicing it you are lost.

I live in the city of Dierhagen, it is a nice town in the Baltic Sea with a spectacular scenery. It is quiet, not very big, but very pleasant city to live. I work in a hotel, though it’s a chain of hotels and soon I will start working on another senior Hotel, as my German is progressing and the company also wants to promote me slowly. It’s an easy job, though it’s always full, we have a lot of work, and the truth is that the experience is very positive, and I’m learning a lot.

During the training period, they conditioned rooms of the hotel to give classes, and the truth is that we were very comfortable. Now we go to the schule (school) which is 15 minutes from where I live. The school is well conditioned, also the teachers and the equipment, since depending on the specialty for which it is doing Ausbildung, they are adapted to the tasks performed at work, and there are theory classrooms.

My adaptation has been good; starting something new is hard, but the truth is that it took me less than I thought. It’s hard, because the change of life is great, but it’s something that cannot be overcome, although I miss my family in Spain, my partner and my friends. It is true that I always bear in mind the food of Spain and the life we lead in our country.

In Germany I have met people of all kinds, from non sociable people to the loveliest people. The way they talk looks sharp but it is really the way they speak to you. However, I have also met people who don’t like Spaniards in their city, but the way I deal with this situation is not to feel affected

From this experience what I liked most is all the learning that I am getting, not only professionally, but also personally, because I’m facing with different situations, and that makes me grow as a person, plus meeting my roommates, two Spanish girls and a Belgian boy.
The only negative thing for me is that I am far from my family and friends.

Germans think that Spanish people speak very high, that we have many parties and we do not work as much as we should, but thanks to MobiproEU they are going to realize that there are many people who work long and hard. The truth is that there are differences between working in Germany or Spain. Here I work very well, is enjoyable, is not the stress with which you work in Spain, for example on the terrace of a bar, and my bosses and colleagues are great.

So far, I consider my experience very positive. I do not regret having taken the decision to come to Germany, as I’m creating a future here that in Spain, today is not possible. I recommend this experience; we must have very clear ideas and be very sure you want to go. I also advise you to learn all the possible German language in Spain before coming, to have a quick adaptation and being well received.

My intention now, is to be here at least 3 years training hard, but seeing how well you can live here, and how is the current situation in Spain; maybe I will stay in Germany more years.

Yaiza Ferrer

Age: 22 years

City of residence: Pirna (Saxon Schweiz-
Osterzgebirge, Dresden)

Profession: Hostel industry technician

The main reason that made me decide to embark on this project was that in Spain I was unemployed and had no prospects for the future. I am young and in Germany there are many possibilities to find employment for young people. The German language is increasingly valued worldwide. I did not study, neither had a steady job in Spain. I only worked some days with my in-laws, but only a few days and I wanted something more stable like a full or part time job.

My arrival in Germany was good, it was my advisor Her Richter, member of Mobipro program, waiting at the airport to take us to our residence. Although the weather was not good, as it was raining, it was a great day. A day of many emotions, from the dismissal of my family in Spain, to the arrival of a new stage in my life that meant a big change. Now I live in a town called Pirna, it is the capital of the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, located in the administrative region of Dresden in the German federal state of Saxony. It is large and beautiful, cozy and very tourist. It reminds me my people from Huelva, so I’m at home, working at a company called Malaga Tapas. It is a Spanish restaurant but the staff is German. I also work at another restaurant that belongs to the same owner but it is a Mexican restaurant. There is very good atmosphere in both restaurants since at the company there is partnership and that makes the job much easier and bearable.

The school is very good, has a high level. We have both theoretical and practical classes, so that learning is being very helpful, it cost me nothing to adapt both the country and the city, considering that I came with my partner with whom I live here and that he is Spanish and also participated in the program Mobipro. Only I struggled to adapt to the cold. In the area where I lived in Spain was not so cold, so it is costing me a little to get used to such low temperatures. But it is solved with hot clothes. Yes, I miss my family and climate. Otherwise I am very well in Germany.

The atmosphere is very good; in fact, on my birthday all my colleagues joined me and gave a set of professional knives … in addition every day in the break we have coffee all together: colleagues and our boss. This means there is a feeling of team; in Spain I had not that.

The Germans are right, of entrenched customs; they value the work, have a lot of companionship at work, and if you make a German friend, is for a lifetime. However, there are always exceptions, but generally, I see that. Among the curiosities that caught my attention it is that they do not eat bread. To push the food they use the knife, and in Spain we eat a lot of bread, so I find it strange that. I was also surprised that they drink the beer hot, something unthinkable in Spain.

What I like most in Germany is having met my tutor, as he is charming, and has helped me in everything that I needed. The truth is that he has made me much easier to adapt to this country. I also like how precious is the city where I live, being what I dislike the weather, It’s crazy.

I find many differences between working in Spain and Germany, for example, my boss, here in Germany when we have a lot of work he works in the dishwasher to dry the dishes in order to help … which I have never seen in Spain.

So far my evaluation is very positive. I’m glad having taken the decision to come to Germany. I think it’s the best thing for me. However, I have to admit that I have been extremely lucky with the company I work for, my tutor and my colleagues, although I am aware that there are other fellows of the Mobipro program that may not have had so many facilities. I came here thinking on future, to make the most of this experience. Also, my boss has big plans for me.

To the question of whether I would recommend this experience I always reply that of course I do, without hesitation. I encourage all those young people who are seeking a better future outside of Spain, if possible in Germany, which is what I know and what I can recommend. I recommend you to be patient, to be educated, hardworking, punctual, having an open mind and come willing to learn.

Beatriz Calderón

Age: 31 years

City of residence: Meissen (Saxony)

Profession: Dental technician

Since I decided to carry out this program, the support of my family has been fundamental, because sometimes I felt bad in Spain and here, having the feeling that you do not advance towards the goals and makes you want to come back, but in those moments I’ve always found the courage and strength they gave me from Spain.

Before leaving Spain, I was learning English for the Certificate B1, in addition to the English I learned at the school and high school.
Being in Germany I realized that sometimes I was also helpful to know English.

The conclusion is that the language is very important. German is essential, though, you should have very good basis to later adapt quickly and easily to the customs of the country. My experience here in Germany is still positive, plus I have the help of a tutor. Although not easy, of course always I recommend this experience.

Daniel Rodríguez

Age: 28 years

City of residence: Nordrach (Baden – Wurtemberg)

Profession: Nursing

One reason for entering the program was the opportunity to work and receive training outside Spain, where right now there are few or no opportunities. The main thing was the knowledge and learning of a new language that can open job opportunities abroad and even in your own country.

All the time I found support from my family, but when I packed my luggage was when they realized that it really was leaving and was when they started with questions like: Are you coming back? How long? But…. why? What for? …and began to worry.

I had knowledge of English, but not enough to hold a conversation in English and I had some knowledge of German but very little.
I think it’s very important learning the language, because it is really difficult, especially when you get here and have to face with the language because you can know all the grammar and vocabulary of the German learned in Spain but when you arrive you realize it’s never enough, in fact It is the greatest difficulty you can find here if you arrive not speaking very well.

The Germans with whom I relate are very comprehensive with the language issue, recognize that their language is not easy and help you get around easier. So far all the people I deal with here are nice, they clarify the issues as many times as necessary, they want you to feel well, and they like me integrated into their habits.

It does not match the prior opinion I had of Germany with the one I have now that I live here. I had the myth of Germans being lonely and introverted and it is completely false at least here in this area, they are quite the opposite. But if it is true that it is a different country, with culture and customs very different, but if you really like it, and especially respect it, and want to adapt, you’ll find a great country and people.

In short, so far I do not regret anything; it is being a fantastic professional and personal experience. It is a good experience that I recommend, perhaps to improve your future quality of life and have the opportunity to have contact with a new language, country and culture.

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