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Last day in Arnhem

Our last days in Arnhem have been truly amazing. The combination of turning 18 and being here was truly something else. Almost undescribale how many things happened on my birthday. The Dutch employees sang a Dutch birthday song for me and B&B owner played a song on his guitar for me.

We also took a day trip to the beautiful city of Nijmegen. We ate a nice pre-birthday dinner there. From Arnhem the train is only 15 minutes away. With a bike around an hour. We even went inside the Hema in Nijmegen. We then came back home at night to watch the big football match with Ajax Amsterdam.

On my birthday many people said „fijne verjaardag“ to me in work. Customers and employees. That means happy birthday. It was truly something special to turn 18 on such an occasion.

It was really sad to leave Arnhem and go back to regular German life. The 2 weeks were truly life changing for me and Kassim, and we never forget the nice time we had. Our employees even gave me and Kassim presents at the end of the work experience. I wish and hope to have another nice experience like this.

10 days in Gelderland

10 days into our wonderful work experience at Hema have been truely a life changing experience. Our first week of work was very informative and interesting. We worked in many different areas throughout the week. Mainly using the PDA Maschine to help us stock items. Helping customers find items in the store became a daily normality. Usually around 2pm or 3pm mainly young people come in the store after school and it particularly nice to help them. We learned in the 10 days many basic Dutch words.

In our time we befriended a neighboring kebab store owner. He can speak perfect German, English, Dutch, and Turkish. We usually eat there in our lunch break. In my free time a did a lot of biking in the many nice forests in the area. I found one special spot in our village with a nice bench to relax and enjoy the high view, which is unusual in the Netherlands, since it is such a flat country.

On the weekend we went to the national park. A huge park filled with sand dunes, forests, castles and seas. We went with our teacher and a Dutch teacher and our B&B owner. We had a very nice day and amazing weather. We had a nice picnic in the park together. We then ate dinner at one of the famous pancake houses in the Netherlands. It was really fun day.

I am sad that the work experience ends on Friday. But I am also very excited for this week because I will turning 18 on Thursday. I will keep you updated for our last week.

6 Days in Arnhem

Hello Again,

We are now 6 days in Arnhem. The work in Hema has been really good so far. We work everyday in a different area. Sometimes we work in the inventory or sometimes we are upstairs with customers. Our PDA Maschine helps us locate items and stock them in the shelve. It gives us the price and tells you where to find it in the inventory as well. We work with really friendly Dutch people. They often try to speak German with us to learn a couple words or phrases. We also learn a couple of normal conversation Dutch words. In our break we eat sometimes in the McDonald’s nearby.

The ride home to and from work is always fun. We ride our bikes threw one of the hilliest places in the Netherlands. Everyday we ride 12 km to work and back. Keeping fit the Dutch way! It’s very different than riding a subway train to school or work like I am used to in Düsseldorf.

Near our village there any many nice walking paths through forest area. It is very beautiful. I am very excited for the coming week, it is also the week where I turn 18 ?.

I will keep you updated,


First days in the Netherlands

Good evening,

Our first days here in Arnhem have been really fun and interesting. We came on Friday by train and in just 1 hour and 45 minutes we arrived in Arnhem Centraal. We then went to the lovely bed and breakfast in a little lovely village of Heavadorp. We were both very welcomed by the friendly dutch people. We decided to ride the 6km to Arnhem by bike to see it in the evening. We had a nice night and ate some Dutch Krokettes.

On Saturday the weather was spectacular and we decided to use our free day to ride the train one hour to Amsterdam. We discovered the wonderful canals of the city and the nice Vondelpark. Also seeing the Dutch architecture was interesting in comparison to German cities.

On Sunday we decided to rest from the Amsterdam trip from saturday. We even went to LIDL which is open on Sundays to stock up on some groceries.

On Monday morning me and Kassim went to HEMA for our first day of work. We were greeted by the nice employees. They helped us by speaking English or German or a mixture of both. We learned to greet customers in Dutch by saying „Goedemorgen“ (Guten Morgen) or „Goedemiddag“ (Guten Mittag). I worked mainly in the Inventory and learned to scan items with the PDA Maschine. We filled a shelve with party items for the upcoming holiday „Koningsdag“ where the king is honored on his birthday.

I am looking forward to the next few days and I am excited to go to work again.

, Nelson

What does digitization mean for our private and school life?

Assignment #1: „What does digitization mean for our private and school life?“

Digitization is present in almost all areas of life in our society. New technologies change the way we handel school and private life. Through the use of digital products and applications we save time:

Private Life

Household robots can be helpful when vacuuming, wiping or mowing the lawn. Digital shopping lists like (WUNDERLIST) with access for all members of the household and online ordering services (PICNIC) with flexible delivery times or personal pick-up in the nearest supermarket save us time and long checkout lines.

The way to get from place to place can be optimized by a software for traffic-dependent route planning (almost) in real time. We can find out the best departure time based on calendar entries and current traffic situation by digital assistants for example with a navigation system in the car.

If we want to find out opening hours we can quickly check online and if we would like to set up an appointment with a doctor we often arrange appointments online.  In the future we will simply attend video calls with the doctor when we are not feeling well.

Anyway, there are so many ways we are saving time which we can now spend otherwise.

School Life

The use of digital media in the classrooms makes sense, because it arouses the interest of the students and can usually convey the facts better. We can quickly get all the information that we need and move on faster. Again, we saved time. 

However, in Germany not every school uses the same level of technology. In fact, some are not advanced at all. Some schools don’t even have WLAN access yet. Luckily my school is very advanced. We are regularly using iPads for projects and presentations.

Change is coming nationwide because, on March 15th, 2019 the Federal Council’s approved a 5.5 billion contribution for the digital infrastructure of schools in Germany. 

I am curious to find out how advanced the Netherlands are. I heard that in the Netherlands more and more „Steve Jobs schools“ are emerging. Each child learns independently on the computer and becomes master of his own school day. 

My First Blog – 9 Days Before


my name is Nelson. In 9 days I am going to Arnhem, NL, to do an international internship at HEMA supported through the European commission. Mr. Denis from Max-Weber-Berufskolleg Düsseldorf asked me a couple of question which I would like to answer in my first blog:

 – I am doing an internship abroad, because ….

I am doing an internship abroad because, later in my professional life, I would like to orientate myself internationally. I am American and European therefore it is definitely an advantage for me to work in another European country. I think, international companies would appreciate it. It also shows commitment because it is a scholarship through the European Commission. You have to show enthusiasm in order to get it.

– I hope that my internship will be like …

I hope my internship abroad will open up interesting ways of working on an international level. I am looking forward to learn things that I never even knew before. The Dutch are technically very advanced, so maybe there are high-tech ways of working in the retail sector on the topic 4.0. I am also excited about to speak lots of English, like when I grew up. I would also like to improve my Dutch, which will definitely happen within two weeks.

– For my internship abroad, I imagine …

For my internship abroad I plan to spend a great time with Kassim and to benefit from the life and work experience for a long time. Maybe I will meet nice people, make new friends or company contacts for later applications. Last but not least I will turn 18 and that’s on the last day of my internship and will be a big day.

– During the preparation for the internship the following happened to me …

I filmed my application video with my mother (as a camera woman) in Venlo. Where else, when my desired internship is located in the Netherlands? Before, I quickly learned how to introduce myself in Dutch, which was very funny. Then I switched to English … then back to German. It was fun and, in the end, I was accepted for this internship. Now, I am counting the days…it is almost here! I will keep you updated…