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Erasmus+ Journal (Issue 4) 2015/16

Iris Hogeboom, Petrus Dondersschool, Suriname, Mobility for Internship, KPZ

Hello everyone,

My name is Iris, I am 19 years old and i'm going to Suriname for internship in Ferbuari for three month.

We are already 2 months in Suriname, doing internship at a primary school in Paramaribo. We live in a house with 1 other students, so we are with 4 students in one house. Renate internship is at St. Aloysiusschool, Carlijn is at Petrus Dondersschool and I am also have my internship at de Petrus Dondersschool.  We are loving it, but sometimes it’s a bit hard. The children do not listen that well as children from Holland, usually you want them to do things but they don’t listen. After the 2 months we saw a lot of improvement and now the children are behaving better and they learned our rules, so they listen better but it is a work still in progress.

I bring a suitcase with a lot of school materials that I am using in my classes. I have a traffic light to give a volume indicate while de students work independently. When the traffic light is on red the children needs to be quite and work alone. When de light is on yellow they can consult on a low level. When de traffic light is green they can collaborate. Also the reward pot worked pretty well.  

Due to the very good weather we do a lot of nice things. We swim in our own swimming pool in our garden and this is the best thing to cool down after a day of internship. Besides the swimming pool We have been to a nice trip to Bigi Pan, It’s a nice place in the woods and you can only go there by boat, there has a diverse wild life, flamingo’s and other beautiful birds. Some other places that we like to visit are river beaches around town and we can swim there. The midlands of Suriname are the beautyfull places to be. The nature is just perfect and almost not touched. We want to Apiapaati. It is a village in de midlands op Suriname. We had to drive 3 hours by car and 4 hours by boat. It was a long journey but it was worth it. The best thing to see was de people in de villages. The live so peaceful with eachother. The live a simple but happy life.

Dansing is a big thing in Suriname. We have the kazumba, bachata, merengue and the salsa in Suriname. De salsa was one of my favourites danses. It is a very typical dance style. There are a lot of places that you can enjoy this type of music and dance. That is not the only kind of music that we listen in the clubs here, they play all kind of music in the clubs and the best ones are Havana Lounge and Danceclub Tequila. On a thursday we first have salsa lesson and after that we a going to Havana Lounge to practice what we haved learned in de lesson. 

The food around here is very nice and not so expensive. The places that we go often to eat are: Zus en zo, ‘t Vat, Blauwgrond, Jiji’s and de Waag. At this places you can find food from Europe or Suriname. A place that is very good to eat only Surinames food is at Blauwgrond


Travel: €850,-
House: €785,- (3 months)
Live: +/- €200,- (1 month)
Trips: what you want, you can make it as expensive as you want +/- €600,- 
Bicycle: €60,-

two  questetions about my internship:

1.   What had my internship place to offer?

My internship place gives me the space to do my own thing. I can teach my own way. In my classes I also have large share of the lesson content .

2.   What does a student need if he/she chooses for my internship place?

A student that chooses my internship shoes be about to reflect on herself. De teachers will not

give you tips of tell you how you can do it better. You also have to be convident and be able to just stand for a group that is not your training group. They will use you as a substitute because they think you are able to do that.

I have had a wonderfull time. I would recommend it to everybody!

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