Hey, my name is Marietta, I’m from Germany and live in Hamburg.
I’m doing an exchange year in the US this year and I’m currently living in Oklahoma, my organization is STS Germany. In the coming months, I will be posting regular blogs about my year abroad, and I hope I can help some people make the decision to spend a year abroad.
My first article will be about the first step towards your year abroad, which organization should you choose, and how to find a suitable organization for you.
When I was about 6th grade, some of my friends started talking about foreign years. At the time, I immediately thought, I can never do that, being separated from my family for so long. But over the years, I’ve been thinking that it would be a great experience, you’re going to another country and you have a second life. You will find a new family, new friends and a new home.
When I was in the 9th grade, I talked to my parents about a year abroad and they were immediately enthusiastic.
We then went to the future fair in Hamburg and talked to a few organizations. Two organizations have spoken to us a lot, including STS.
We then arranged an appointment with both organizations. I would definitely look at more than one organization because it is important to find one that suits you and can respond to your needs.
On a weekend before the holidays I had both appointments. However, at this time I was not 100% sure that I could trust myself to go abroad.
I really liked both organization, because they welcomed me warmly.
I decided to go with STS because the other organization was a bit too fast for me, so I had to write a test right there at the first meeting, which you have to do when you go to the USA. That made me very nervous and I had the feeling that I have no opportunity to continue thinking about whether I want to go abroad at all.
I was already recommended to STS by a neighbor who went to Australia with STS. Personally, STS was very appealing to me, as I’ve heard that they have very good local coordinators and are represented worldwide, meaning that nothing beats other organizations while you’re abroad. Furthermore, STS gave me a long time after the conversation to think about everything, because they understood that for me this is not a decision that I can make from one day to the next.
All in all, I can highly recommend the various foreign trade fairs because you will hear from several organizations in one day and you can choose the one that appeals to you the most.
I’ve learned that having the right organization is very important and I would not just choose one just because your friends chose it or something similar. Especially small organizations I find better, because they have more time to take care of you individually so that your year abroad is perfect.
I hope you enjoyed my blog, look forward to the next blog!