Hello! My name is Lea Mueller. I am 18 years old and I graduated from high school last year and then I decided to do an internship in South Africa to broaden my horizons and moreover this internship should help me in my decision how my future should look like. My internship takes 3 months and the half of my time is already over. Time went so fast. I have also been able to meet nice and and open-minded people and I am very grateful that I can make this trip. During my internship I help in the „Montessori Kindergarten“ in Rebaone and in the afternoon I help in the Afterschool Program by helping the children with their homework. I really enjoy working with the children and I am always amazed at what the children can do at the age. I had not really studied Montessori before but through my time in the kindergarden I realize how important it is and how it helps the children in their development and independence. The children are well prepared for school. In addition this also challenges the personality by giving them the chance to make independent decisions and to be accepted.
It fascinates me again and again how concentrated and quietly the children work on their things and not disturbed. I am also impressed every time how quickly the children learn and then implement this immediately. But unfortunately things are not going so well at the Afterschool. It is quite frightening how many of them cannot read, write and calculate. Knowing that over the half of the children will not gratuate from school is so sad. They are not even given the chance to achieving something in their lives and pursue their dreams, because they are not learning the basics and actually simple tools for this in school. Many of the children are also intimidated and often deny that they have homework, for fear of doing something wrong or not knowing it. They should not be afraid to learn new things. They should actually enjoy it. Since 2 weeks they introduced the „Literay Program“ (it is a program to learn to read and write) in the afterschools, which is already a big and important step for the development of the children. I hope so much that they can learn to read and write and above all, that they can regain their self-confidence.
I have already collected many impressions of this beautiful country and the lovely people and I learned a lot. I am looking forward to my time and I am curious to see what I can learn and how my life has changed after this time.