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A truly life changing experience
Submitted by Apolline - McGill University | December 01, 2017
Before going to Leolingo, you read a bunch of reviews saying that people lives' changed once they came back from their summer as english teachers in Germany. Well at first I would not believe it, but now that i've actually experienced it I'm on of those saying that too.
Leolingo in itself is an amazing company/program, which encourages kids to play, write, be outside, and all of that in an interesting way. and so many songs that will be stuck in your head for months! Kids are always interested about where your from, how different your life is in your native country. They travel through you coming there and it's magic to be part of that.
The life at camp was an incredible experience. I met so many great people, either my host family, or the other councellors I was working with or people beyond that. I discovered so much about the german culture, but also about myself. This trip, where you spend more approximately 2 months surrounded by nature, lakes, sea, woods is so resourceful and enjoyable. You do things you thought you'd never get the opportunity to do such as canning to beautiful islands. I traveled to Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. So many incredible places, added to the locations of the camps that are as amazing. However I am not saying that they are no downsides, but they account for less than 1% of the experience and you just learn how to deal with those over time.
I am so so thankful for this experience. I have grown so much during this summer, in terms of discovery, responsibility, independence and openness. Leolingo is one of those things you have to do one time in your life and that you will tell your grandchildren years from now. I would like to thank again all the ones who made that possible and took care of us during this summer!
Best Summer I've ever had!
Submitted by Dani C - University of Washington | September 21, 2017
This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to work for LeoLingo in northern Germany - an opportunity that ended up giving me the best summer I have ever had!
Before I even arrived in Schwerin, Sabine made sure that I had all of the information that I needed to be successful in arriving. As someone who doesn't speak German, this was very comforting and settled any nerves that I had about traveling on my own to a new place. Upon arrival, I was welcomed by Sabine with warmth, humor, and support - things that never wavered for the entire summer working for her.
Sabine treated all of us counselors as family, going above and beyond to make sure that we were comfortable and had everything that we needed. She even organized outings for the counselors to get to know one another and hosted parties for the entire group! The way that we were welcomed into this organization then translated to how we interacted with one another - I can happily say that I am leaving LeoLingo with lifelong friends that I found in my fellow counselors.
Through-out the summer, I had the opportunity to work in Hamburg, by the Baltic Sea, and at various locations in Schwerin. Each place was beautiful, and we were treated so kindly by the staff. The camps themselves were incredible, over the course of each week we got to bond with awesome kids and see before our eyes the way their confidence with English grew. It was amazing to walk away from each week knowing that you made a positive difference in a young kids life!
As much as working for LeoLingo allowed me to help kids learn and grow, I myself had one of the most transformative experiences working for this organization. I learned new things about myself, gained confidence, and had personal growth in really positive ways! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys working with kids, meeting new people from around the world, having fun, and being challenged to learn and grow. If you're considering LeoLingo, i encourage you to take the leap and go for it! I'm sure glad I did
Best summer of my life
Submitted by Tegan Francis - Cardiff University | February 05, 2017
LEOlingo was, without a doubt the best summer of my life.
I really had no idea what to expect and I was so nervous at the beginning of the summer but was reassured and welcomed into beautiful Bavaria with open arms.
Our first week was spent taking part in an intense training course at a school in Neumarkt, just a short trip from the city of Nuremberg. We all got to know each other really quickly and got settled in our new host family homes for the week. My host family had three lovely children who were really keen to speak English but I also got to practice my German with them too. They were even kind enough to open up their house again to a few of the counselors when we came back for a street festival a few weeks after training.
Andrea and her family were extremely welcoming and we had trips out to Nuremberg on a bike tour around the city (which was amazing) along with a few parties in the first week to help bond a little and start getting to know the people we were about to spend our whole summer with.
On your first day you’ll be given the LEOlingo handbook and this is your bible. It has endless ideas including games, songs and teaching materials that you can use and refer to when you’re planning your week with your kids. I felt well prepared to take on my own class after the week of training as you also get to work with some of the kids from the school you train in. This gives you a taste of what counseling will be like. I think the main thing to remember is to have fun because when you’re having fun (hopefully) you’re kids are too. Be crazy, be a bit wacky and don’t take yourself too seriously. I really enjoyed teaching the kids in my groups and although there will always be a few that you might not click with, the majority are great and really want to learn English!
What is generally expected of you as a counselor can vary depending on whether you are a day counselor or night counselor and also if the camp is a day or overnight or adventure camp as they have very different vibes to them. Andrea does an amazing job of making sure that everyone gets to experience all areas of camp so you can have some variation during the summer. Added to this already sweet set up you also get a week off during the summer. I personal went up to Berlin and met up with relatives but others visited Prague and Budapest etc. which was also great fun.
Weekends can be as structured or as relaxed as you like. Sometimes you may be asked to stay there over the weekend because you’re at the same camp two weeks running but I was lucky enough to spend most of my weekends in my dirndl (which all the girls bought whilst we were out there) drinking beer in Bavarian Volksfests which is by far one of the best ways to spend a Saturday.
I have no doubt that LEOlingo will be a life changing and extremely rewarding experience for anyone who partakes. You learn a great deal about yourself, others and also Germany as a country and I will be back as soon as I can.
Great, eye-opening experience!
Submitted by Anonymous | December 12, 2016
I worked for LEOLingo last summer and I loved it! Sabine, the head coordinator, was very accommodating and sympathetic. One of her main focuses was making sure that the counsellors had time to travel and experience all that they could while being in Germany. The kids were mostly fantastic and I still miss many of them. The work can be tough at times and making it to places on time can be somewhat nerve-wracking but it was all worth it. I got exactly what I wanted out of this trip thanks to this organization and it changed my life completely for the better! Some of my coworkers did not enjoy their trip but as long as you are a positive, respectful and responsible individual, you will have a phenomenal time! Highly recommend to all who fit that criteria!
If you have any hesitation to apply, my advice: take the leap and do it!
Submitted by Jordan Lewis - University of Toronto | December 05, 2016
If you are considering applying for a summer job at LEOlingo, let me just say that I am SO excited for you. I worked in Bavaria for both the Summer of 2015 and Spring of 2016, and it was truly one of the most formative and incredible experiences I have ever had. I had no German roots and it was a completely spontaneous decision, and I have zero regrets – it was a summer I will forever think about fondly, and one that allowed me to establish strong friendships from all over the world. LEOlingo has fostered a huge admiration for Germany – I am already planning my next trip back!
An average day at LEOlingo often depends on whether you are working as a day or night counsellor, and whether you are working at a day camp/overnight camp/adventure camp. Regardless of these differences, there are still a lot of consistencies. As a day counsellor you are essentially solely responsible for your group of kids during the day, so there is a fair amount of flexibility with what you decide to do and when. This is all building up for the “Happyning” at the end of the week, which is a show for the parents that demonstrates what they have learned/done while at camp. During each Happyning, your kids will typically sing a song together, perform a drama (x2, because you will split your group in half), and provide a demonstration/explanation of a sport and/or a game you did with your group. You will also send each kid home with a creative folder, which will contain all of the arts/crafts/language sheets that your kids completed throughout the week.
If you are a day counsellor you typically work with the kids from 9am to 5pm, with an hour long lunch in between. Each day you will aim to play a sport, sing a song, play at least one language game, work on a creative folder, provide time for drama prep and activities, and play some of the other filler games. I will be the first to admit that sometimes this doesn’t all get done in one day, but keeping this structure in mind is important to make up for whatever you didn’t do in subsequent days (it also gets easier over the summer as you find your routine!). You are free to collaborate with other counsellors, which often works really well for sports and larger games and can give you all a break when sharing responsibilities. If you are a day counsellor at a day camp, your responsibilities are essentially over at 5pm each day, excluding any prep that would be required for the next day. If you are a day counsellor at an overnight camp, you may be asked by the night counsellors to help facilitate evening programming. You will also be asked to be a night counsellors during at least one of the weeks that you’re there, which requires planning games typically for the whole camp and then getting the kids to bed and waking them up. If you are working at an adventure camp, this usually means you get one “day off” from this regular programming to either go canoeing, horseback riding, caving, high rope climbing, etc. – this is usually a really nice break and is super fun (adventure camps were my favourite)!
In terms of which sports/activities to teach, you are given a handbook which contains TONS of different stuff, so there will never be any shortage of things to do. You learn tons of these during training week (training week basically consists of you being the ‘kids’ and being taught all the games and getting to play them and it really is the best). The sports tend to be national sports, and you would typically aim to teach sports native to your country (so I taught a lot of hockey, lacrosse, and baseball -- yay Canada!). However you basically have free reign to teach whatever you want, and the rules are given to you in case you aren’t familiar with them (Gaelic Football became my go-to sport, even though I had never heard of it before LEOlingo). Some of the other activities you do are name games (for the beginning of the week), big group games (for the whole camp – usually one of these are played on the first and last day), and other smaller filler games (to get them to settle down, wake up, get them outside, etc). The majority of the games focus on improving their English, and you will also have a selection of language games to play that focus on this a bit more heavily and adds a bit of competition.
During the summer, you may be asked to live with a host family, in a hostel, or on-site. So many of the families were incredibly kind and hospitable, and took their counsellor(s) out for meals/did some exploring around the city. I had a great time with them and was able to pick up a bit of German as a result! I would say the vast majority of counsellors loved their host family experience and continue to stay in touch with them.
Weekends are usually planned for you, so you don’t have to worry about booking anything unless you decide to do something different than what Andrea arranged (i.e. sometimes people wanted to visit friends, hang out with their host families, explore Nuremberg, etc.), in which case you are responsible for the costs and getting back in time. Sometimes Andrea’s plans will require you to stay put if you are working at the same campsite for two weeks in a row. If whatever Andrea plans for you requires additional travel/hostel costs, she will cover that or reimburse you. You will also have a week off during your time there, which you usually are responsible for the costs of whatever you decide to do (last year, I spent that week in Budapest and Prague). Overall, it is a really great opportunity to travel and see different parts of the country and places nearby!
This was honestly the best job I’ve had (and maybe will ever have). Most importantly, Andrea and her family, the campers, and the counsellors are all truly WONDERFUL people and are the main reasons that this experience was as positive as it was. I would wholeheartedly recommend this experience to anyone considering applying!