This is a program where you can volunteer to help others with English in return for food and accommodation in a 4-star hotel.
Englischhausen is a subset of Diverbo operating in Germany, specializing in a 1 week English Immersion Programs in a far away hotel for the working Germans.
During the week, English and only English will be spoken.
This is to create an intensive English learning atmosphere so that it helps improve the student’s level of English in a short period of time.
I am happy to be able to join 2 of the programs in 2 different locations in Germany, 1 in Munich and the other in Frankfurt.
You will still need to send your application through the Diverbo main website to apply for placement in one of their programs.
After applying, you will need to wait for 3 weeks or even more before you eventually get a reply from the sunny Madrid, but you can always email them to follow up too.
When you are offered a program, GRAB IT, after which you will just need to book your flight and accommodation and prepare to immerse yourself in a magical ride with the non-typical Germans.
As usual, it will start with a bunch of email exchanges, like orientation packs, get to know who is joining, some friendly introductions, some rules, helpful notes etc.
One day before the program, the whole team will get together for a welcome reception hosted by the head of Englischhausen, Luke.
This is when the fun and excitement really begins.
It is the time you start talking and talking and also remembering 15-20 names in one evening, I usually forgot all about it the next day haha.
To brighten up, you will get a free drink and a nice dinner on the house.
The 2 departing cities are Munich and Frankfurt and departure time will be around noon, which is very good.
A bus will bring us to the venue, 1-3 hours away from the city, and during the bus trip, 2-3 German participants will be on it too so you can interact with them.
Most of them will actually drive to the venue themselves.
The bus will arrive just in time for lunch, there are 3 choices of main course to select from and it comes with a starter, dessert, coffee/tea and another drink of your choice (wine, beer or other beverages).
After which we did our check in and have a good rest till evening.
The first day of the programs are pretty similar, in the evening when all students arrived at the venue, we will start off with an ice breaking game.
It is a game of Bingo where you need to write down the person’s name that matches the requirement on the paper for each square.
The next hour we will have a briefing from the Master of Ceremony and follow by a light game.
After which will be a selectable 2-course dinner with a free drink of your choice and coffee.
The day ends after dinner but you are free to hangout if you want to.
The Famous 1 To 1 Sessions
Most of the time you will be scheduled for 1 to 1 where you will spend 50 minutes chatting with a student.
2 To 2s Sessions
You will be assigned to a group of minimum 4 and topics to talk about will be provided but you can talk about other things too.
It is like a 1 to 1 but you now do it over the phone with a chosen topic to talk about.
During a conference call session, an Anglo will call 3 students to talk, discuss or debate on a chosen topic together.
The students will need to do a 5-10 minutes presentation in English. Some Anglos will be asked to do a short presentation during one of the evenings too.
This is one of my favorite sessions in the evening, I enjoyed both taking part in the acting or just laughing away as an audience.
There will be an hour of games or activities after dinner but it is not mandatory.
Your activities will be different every day depending on the task you are assigned to, so you will never be bored if you are having a double dose of the same program.
This was my first time volunteering with Englischhaussen therefore I’m both excited and a bit nervous.
I wasn’t given a printed schedule so everything was unknown which made me more nervous but luckily everything went on well.
During 1 to 1 sessions, we were able to take a walk around the premises and it was exactly a 50 minutes walk so you do not have to keep track of the time.
One unforgettable experience was to be able to act in the theater as a policeman, although it was scary at first but it went well and I love it.
I was sharing a room with another Anglo from the States, but we got a pretty spacious room and an additional free drink for dinner, cool!
Usually you will get a room to yourself unless you come as couple or 2 friends.
Food wise I like their salad and we got to taste many traditional Munich dishes like the pork knuckle, potato dumpling, egg noodles and of course sausages!!!
1 down side about food would be too much pork dishes. I had pork steak, pork knuckle, wild boar sausages, wild boar goulash, ham with cheese and farmer’s ham platter.
Although all of them taste good but it's a bit overwhelming with meat for most of us wahahaha.
They also have a wider variety of hot beverages like latte macchiato and hot chocolate served professionally.
This was my second time so I roughly know what to expect for the coming week so I was more relaxed and less tense up.
This time round I took up the main role for the conference call as I had been through it before so I know how it should be conducted.
During a 1 to 1 session, I spent 2 hours talking to the same student because we got lost in the forest and there was no Internet signal therefore I could not even use my phone data to find the way back.
Luckily we manage to walk to the main road and I got connected to my mobile data and found the right way back.
There was a Laubach city tour being organized on the 3rd day of the program to break off from the old routine and move some muscles.
It was a 20 minutes walk to the town center, it was a small, beautiful and quiet town. We visited the castle and the old church.
This time round I was lucky to have a room to myself with a nice balcony, it's a homey style atmosphere and I really like it very much.
There were more variety in their menus, a well mix of fish, pork, chicken, beef and lamb but I felt that their salads were too raw for me.
There will always be a meat dish or fish dish to chose from for our lunch menu, which was great for me, as I love fish.
Complimentary drinks were quite basic and in smaller portion as compared to the paid ones.
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