“Azubis Going USA” – Joachim Herz Stiftung

For most of them, it was their first time travelling to the U.S. For all of them, the flight from Munich to Atlanta was special.

On April 1, nine trainees from Germany arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; however, not as tourists but as interns. They are ‘Azubis’ (Auszubildende), trainees who receive dual education training in Germany.

They all hail from different towns in the state of Bavaria in Southern Germany and will spend two months at different companies in Georgia. The internship is matched to their interests, industry focus and apprenticeships back in Bavaria.

The program “Azubis Going USA” is created by the Joachim Herz Stiftung, a philanthropic foundation from Hamburg, Germany and organized in cooperation with the GACC South. Another partner is the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts.

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In Germany, the dual education system is very common. More than 300 professions employ this combination of on the job training and college education. For this reason, the American “learning on the job” is completely new to the group of young people who are between 18 to 23 years old.

During a kick-off event at the GACC South on April 2, several speakers helped the trainees get set up for their eight weeks in the U.S. Besides practical job tips, they shared facts about the American lifestyle and cultural and fun things to do in Atlanta.

Since their arrival, the Azubis already explored typical Atlanta sights such as the CNN Center, the World of Coca Cola, Stone Mountain Park and the nearby Smokey Mountains.

More events are scheduled – on April 25, a roundtable discussion with international companies hosted by Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP will take place. Also, a trip to the Chattanooga Plant of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is planned for April 28.

The nine Azubis share their impressions and thoughts of their time in the U.S. on their own blog. Take a look! http://azubiusa.wordpress.com

Read more about the Joachim Herz Stiftung here.

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