Ms. Prokopanko sent us an application form and told us that her department, as per instructions from Lower Saxony Ministry of Education, can choose only three Manitoba teachers. Shortly after receiving the application, I filled it out and sent it in. Then the waiting began - knowing we would not hear anything till May, after the application deadline. Back then we were still shoveling snow and May seemed soooo far away.
Should we be accepted we'd receive a scholarship for a ten-day course in Hannover, hotel and meals for the duration of the course. My colony's leadership had already given me their blessing and would take care of my flight and other travel expenses.
|Brandenburgtor in Berlin|
I was in Germany ten years ago, taking part in a course in Berlin, but also spent some time in Rostock on the Baltic Sea and did some touring in Austria. (Read more here) It was a wonderful trip and I trust this time around will be the same.
Germany and Austria are special places for Hutterites, since we have roots there. Our dresses are modeled after the Dirndl and we teach the German language in our schools. Our mother tongue, which we fondly call Hutterisch, is a German dialect. Most of our church services are in High German and our choirs sing many songs in that language as well. During the school year, all our K-8 students have German classes everyday, and the Highschoolers a few times a week.
Thanks to Wieland Petermann for telling me about the course, to Cheryl Prokopanko for helping me with the application process, to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education for this wonderful opportunity and to my colony for supporting my wish!
Looking forward to blogging from the other side of the ocean this summer!