During the months of February and March the Berlink team expects not the spring and the warmer weather in Germany, but the groups of Polish students, that come to do a traineeship in Berlin based companies. For the last month the Berlink team was taking care of 92 Erasmus+ project participants from Poland – from ensuring their accommodation and work placements till organising different types of After-Work-Special activities for their entertainment.
Even though they all share the same nationality and more or less the same age, each and every project participant is different from everybody else and has it’s own needs and requirements. This is the point where the Berlink team has the most important role – to organise carefully the details for every single student, so that all 92 of them will feel comfortable during their stay in Berlin and will enjoy the 2-3-4 weeks of their stay.
From Gdansk till Zakopane, from the industries of Hairdressing, IT, Economy, Hospitality, Logistic, Locksmith and Electricity – it feels like Poland and all it’s diversity enriched the city of Berlin and the Berlink agency. Coming all the way to the capital of Germany and integrating into another work culture and mentality is always a big challenge for everybody, no matter where they come from or which educational background they have. The first day is the most confusing one and on top of it – they have to perceive tons of new information and get used to the sound of a foreign language in a couple of hours. This is the moment, when the Berlink team speaks and makes all the explanations for the students, but by the end of every project – the team is the one that listens and enjoys the stories of the project participants: who did what, who learned what, who started speaking a second, third, or fourth foreign language and so on.
And by the very end – everybody shakes hands, hands over certificates for the completion of the traineeship, takes photos of each other and the group and hug goodbye with the hope to see each other again in the future. Maybe all the 92 students won’t come back and ring the bell on the door of Berlink, but some of them find their way back and we are always happy to open the door to new possibilities for them.