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Erasmus+ Journal (Issue 4) 2015/16

Renate Melaard, St. Aloysiusschool, Suriname, Mobility for Internship, KPZ

Hello everyone,

My name is Renate, I am 21 years old and i'm going to Suriname for internship in Ferbuari for three months. It’s the second time that I go to Suriname and I can’t wait to see everybody again.

I lived with three other students in a house in Paramaribo, very closed by the city. That was very nice because you can go by bike to the shops, but also to the primary school. My internship was at St. Aloysiusschool in Paramaribo. It was wonderful to teach at this school, 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 2 months we saw a lot of improvement and  the children are behaving better and they learned my 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 the 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. I had also a kind of vase in the class, when they worked good they deserve a ball, when the vase was full with the balls we will do something nice together. For example playing outside or playing a game, something what the children like to do. It worked very good and the children liked it very much.

Due to the very good weather we do a lot of nice things together (with my roommates). 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 beautiful 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. They live so peaceful with each other. They live a simple but happy life. I did also trips by myself, I go to Fredberg, it was an amazing trip. You go by car to the jungle and you have to walk very long to the mountain. If you are on the mountain you have a fantastic feeling, it is a beautiful place!

Dansing is a big thing in Suriname. We have the kazumba, bachata, merengue and the salsa in Suriname. My roommates goes to salsa lessons, but I didn’t like it that much so I stay at home. But 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 Thursday everybody go to Havana Lounge, it’s a very nice place to dance and a lot of students will come here.  

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 questions 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. The teacher is most of the time not in the class and sometimes they don’t come to school. But I think you learn a lot if you have to do it by yourself. I really liked it, because it gives me the feeling that I can do it by myself. It gives me confidence. Normally I am very dubious, but now I know that I can do it!

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

A student that chooses my internship school has to reflect on herself. De teachers will not give you tips of tell you how you can do it better, because most of the time they are not in the classroom. You have to believe in yourself that you can do it. Shows the children that you are the teacher and that they have to listen to you. But shows them also the love that you have as a teacher, do nice things with them and gave them the feeling that they are important!  

I had a wonderful time in Suriname, it’s a beautiful country and the people are very friendly. This country and the people have a special place in my heart, Suriname is my home!

Internship in Suriname is amazing, I would recommend it to everybody!

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