Hei Zusammen,

mein Jobkompass Programm enthält auch das Naturprogramm, dass habe ich in der ersten Woche des Camps erfahren. Ich war bereits auf zwei Ausflügen, mit diesem Programm und bin zum Teil nur begeistert.

Das Wochenende vom 23-26.08 war okay. Ich war auf der Insel Hiiumaa. Es ist die zwei größte Insel Estlands und sie ist richtig schön. Sie ist so groß, dass ich gar nicht wirklich gemerkt habe das ich auf einer Insel bin. Ich meine wir mussten das Meer regelrecht suchen. 😀

Kurzgefasst der Trip war ganze okay. Wir haben auf einer Kuhweide Unkraut entfernt und abends hatten wir dann Freizeit, wo wir meistens gepennt haben, da es sehr anstrengend war. Jedoch waren wir einmal am Meer. Wir waren in und auf einem Turm an der See, so konnte man sehr weit übers Meer schauen. Im Turm selbst waren grusselige Puppen…

Ich werde Bilder in der Mediathek hochladen. 🙂

Der andere Ausflug war besser.

Wir waren wandern, was ganz gut war, außer das wir für meinen Geschmack etwas zu langsam unterwegs waren, da wir oft angehalten haben und die anderen sich, über die Bäume und co, auf estnisch unterhalten hatten. Denn unsere Truppe (bestehend aus 5 Leuten) war mit einer anderen Gruppe unterwegs. Dafür war das Museum in dem wir waren ganz gut.

Übernachtet haben wir im Freien, das war jedoch keine Pflicht. Aus zwei Gründen haben wir im Freien geschlafen. Erster Grund: wir fanden es ist eine coole Idee, zweiter Grund: wir waren zu blöd um das Zelt aufzubauen.

Joa das waren die ersten zwei Ausflüge und der nächste folgt bereits nächsten Monat.

Annabelle 🙂

the family


After about three hours of driving we (the exchange students who were going to live in the southern part of Estonia) finally arrived at our destination.

It had been a longer drive than I had expected but we passed the time well. We sang an Estonian children song (with gestures) that we had learned on our arrival orientation camp we ate and talked. I also slept for some time because I had not slept much the last night. Through the window I could see woods and fields, sometimes houses, once I spotted a deer (or something similar I am not sure). I had expected that the bus would drive us to Tartu since that is the second biggest city in Estonia, so I was surprised to see that the bus halted in a slip road in front of a house somewhere the landscape.

It was the house of a host family. All exchange students and their families ate in their garden (in a very big tent, because it was raining outside). After some time and first (, good) conversations the families slowly went home and in the end we did as well.

We arrived at a big house with fields, woods and some other houses around (not very close). We went inside and my family showed me my (and my host sister’s) room. After I had unpacked most of my stuff my host mother showed me the rest of the house and explained some general things (e.g. who has to do the laundry and when they usually eat dinner).

At first everything I did without asking felt strange. I had to wait and watch my family prepare food just standing in the kitchen because I did not know what to do. Often when not sure what to do I felt like I was balancing on a thin line trying to do what I wanted/needed without doing something wrong (in the end that was a baseless fear). Every time I thought of an excuse for doing what I did though knowing I did not have to explain myself for things like toasting bread. But even asking was sometimes hard for me. It took me some time until I asked for the internet password a second time (this time for my laptop and not for my phone). I had to ask for it because I wanted to publish the previous article and it was – of course – no problem.

The uncertainty from the beginning faded after a time. My family is very friendly (the whole uncertainty had nothing to do with the family rather the new environment) and now I can take food from the fridge and empty the dishwasher like a normal person again. I begin to feel warmth as well; when we go somewhere or simply just cook or watch TV together, I start to feel home here.

The next two weeks I became acquainted with the neighbours (they live one kilometre away from us), went several times to Tartu (it is a very nice city), met other exchange students, cooked marmalade with my host mother, collected blueberries in the woods with my host sister and our neighbour, made a trip to the largest lake in Estonia, Lake Peipus, which is the fifth biggest lake in Europe and we visited many different people who are in different ways connected to my host family. I also met four people who will go to the same school as I do. They are my host sister’s friends and were invited to our home two days ago. They seemed friendly and we had something you could call conversation.

In my first post I wrote that it probably would not matter what county I choose, but now that I am here with my host family and everything, I would not want to change anything.


To begin one must end first (but in my case just pause)


The night before the departure I felt doubt for the first time. I wondered why I even did this. I forgot all reasons to spend an exchange year in Estonia or an exchange year at all. It was the first time of doubt, but soon I was able calm myself again and remember the advantages of an exchange year:

  • Being able to pause your everyday life
  • The possibility to get to know a completely different kind of life
  • Seeing a new culture
  • Finding out about yourself
  • Getting to know another family’s way of life
  • Learning a new language
  • Visiting another country most detailed
  • Becoming acquainted with a different school
  • Meeting new people
  • And last but almost the opposite of least you will be able to act completely different and nobody will be surprised, because this is how they met you. What I mean is that you will be able to be how you always wanted to because no one will wonder about how fast you changed, nobody will tell you that you are not yourself (I hope you understand what I am trying to explain)

The next day all doubts vanished at the latest when I met another girl at the airport – I already knew her – who will also spend a year in Estonia. We shared our excitement and some moments later five students in YFU T-shirts sat in the plane to Frankfurt.

In Frankfurt we were about 20 students who after two enjoyable hours of waiting finally departed in the plane to Tallinn.

Note: do not change your seat reservation when flying to an exchange with YFU. YFU reasonably booked seats that were placed next to each other. I had changed my seat, because I wanted to sit by the window but during my flight to Tallinn none of the YFU students sat next to me. I was lucky because the two seats next to me were not booked and I could use all three of them, but that might not be the case every time.

The airport in Tallinn is proportionally small and so we had no problem finding our way to the baggage claim area. There we had to wait for over half an hour before all our suitcases arrived but the volunteers from YFU Estonia welcomed us anyways.

About the arrival orientation camp I am not going to write too much because it was similar to our YFU orientation camp before the exchange year and there we were told not to tell other students too much about it. Anyways here is a small summary:

We had language lessons to learn Estonian, once a day. We had workshops where we were told how to solve problems and other things. Both the lessons and the workshops were led by very nice YFU volunteers. One disadvantage was that the majority of exchange students were German, so many of those started to speak in German. It was hard to keep speaking English in order not to suspend the other students. All in all it left a very positive impression. All people participating were kind. With everyone I spoke with I was able to have a good conversation and it was not hard to find someone to talk to. Also it was the first time in my life that I actually danced (there I dance just freestyle but it was the first time in general I danced). It was the last night before leaving to our host families and most people danced to the music that played constantly. Usually I do not like that kind of music and I never really danced before. There I danced to music I did not know (which is not hard because I just usually do not know any music) and with people I had met only few days before. I really enjoyed it.


Bis zum Flug ist soviel schief gelaufen…

Bis zum Flug ist soviel schief gelaufen…

An dem Morgen an dem ich nach Estland gereist bin, lief alles schief. Wir sind zum Flughafen gefahren und ich habe mich von meiner Familie verabschiedet, alles schön und gut. Doch dann musste ich zu dem Check In und ich hatte zwei Tüten Flüssigkeit, also musste ich die Hälfte wegschmeißen, auch noch nicht so schlimm. Doch nach dem ich einchecke (Sicherheitsbereich), wollte ich mein Handgepäck Koffer  schließen und er ging kaputt. Total am A…

Mein Flug war auch gleich und meine Gruppe schon längst weiter, also musst ich nochmal aus checken. Wir wollten dann eine Folie um den Koffer wickeln lassen, doch an dem Stand war keiner. Wir riefen, die Nummer an, die dort hing. Er meinte er kommt in einer Minute, von wegen… Nach einer Halben Ewigkeit kamm er auch und ich konnte mein Koffer einwickeln lassen. Schnell, naja so schnell es ging nochmal durch die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen. Ich schnell zum Gate und die Frau am Schalter wusste schon wer ich bin. Ich stieg in den Bus ein und schon fuhren wir los. Alles schief gelaufen, hat aber am ende doch noch alles geklappt. In Frankfurt hat mein Vater mir eine andere Tasche mit gebracht und dann kamm nochmal ein Abschied.

Kurzfassung zur meinen Gefühlen wärend des Fluges von Frankfurt nach Tallinn.

Ich war sehr nervös, und es ging als auf und ab mit meinen Gefühlen, aber im positiven Sinne. :))

Arrival Camp Estland

Ich war vom 16.08 bis zum 20.08 in dem Arrival Camp, es war eine mega tolle Zeit und ich habe einiges gelernt.

Für mich auf Englisch zu sprechen war der Horror, doch im Camp musste man das not gedrungen. Ich musste also über mein Schatten springen, dass habe ich auch oft getan und wenn es nur eine kleine Unterhaltung auf Englisch war.

In diesem Camp hatten wir einige Workshops, wo wir über die erste Zeit in der Gastfamilie geredet haben bis hin zu den Gefühlen in dieser Zeit.

Ich bin ehrlich, die Workshops waren auch mal langweilig, aber die Langues lesson waren immer sehr cool und lustig, ich muss zugeben ich hatte auch die beste Lehrerin in diesem Camp :)).

Ich würde sagen wir haben viel erlebt von jedem Morgen geweckt werden, mit Musik und Sirenen, plus Morgensport im Schlafanzug (Tanzen), bis hin zu lustigen Spielen. Wir haben echt viel getanzt und gesungen, aber das machte es auch so lustig. Ich meine ich musste einen Anmachspruch für einen Teamer raus hauen, das war vielleicht was… 😀

Also im ganzen war das Camp richtig cool und ich habe viele Leute kennen gelernt aus den verschiedensten Ländern und neue Freunde gefunden. Das Camp hat mir nochmal gezeigt ich bin nicht alleine mit den Ängsten und Sorgen.