Volunteering with United Planet & ICYE (ICJA)!

To catch everyone up on our current status: WE'VE FINALLY BEEN PLACED IN A VOLUNTEER PROJECT!

Dear Lex, dear Barbara,

My name is Liliane and I am working as an intern at ICJA Freiwilligenaustausch weltweit.

We are glad to inform you that we fond a project for you two. The project is called Tanzwerkstatt No Limit e.V. and is located in Berlin. You two would be living together in about 1 hour distance from the project, at the place of the project's manager.

Within the next weeks, we will send you a detailed description of the project.

Website: http://tanzwerkstatt-nolimit.de/


We are looking forward to getting to know you in January

Whooohoooo!! This placement is PERFECT! Not only were Lex and I actually placed in the same project (something we've been told, constantly, is practically impossible) and not only are were we placed in the same living quarters (also something we've been told, constantly, is practically impossible), but we will be working for a DANCE COMPANY - a dance company that specializes in Arabic/classical western dance collaboration! Also, we were placed in BERLIN - our first choice of location!

Of course, we don't know what our job responsibilities are yet. Hopefully, those details wont be so slow in arriving as our placement notification was!

The First Steps

Graduating from university and making that transition from green student to the wizened (or so they make it sound) graduate is supposed to be challenging. It's new, it's exciting, the sky is the limit! Well, the sky is the limit until you remember that this is a recession, jobs are scarce, and you have several thousand dollars worth of loans waiting to be paid back... Wasn't the recession supposed to be over by the time we graduated?

 Such is the plight of Gen Y- and Gen X-ers. We worked hard through high school to get into a good university We worked hard through university, schemed and planned to graduate post-recession, get a decent job, and make a difference in the world. But, four (or for some 5) years later here we are with our diplomas, plenty of enthusiasm and energy, and very few job opportunities. What to do next?

If they are lucky, they get a job. For the rest of us, alternative routes must be taken.  Thus, the purpose of this blog -  I hope to share my experiences of making my way through life to prepare for the future, reach my goals, and make a difference in the world!