Alex Got A Job

Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
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Trip End Jan 08, 2010


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Hurray!  I finally found a job here in Berlin.  After several correspondences that were started last April, I at last met with a man named Bryan that owns a firm called Advanced Linguistics Institute.  Although I still have to get my work visa in order (quite the process in itself), he offered me a job and said that I can start as soon as I am ready.  I will be working for him as a freelance English instructor and will be teaching basic to intermediate English to various companies and schools.  Most people in Germany already have a slight grasp on the English language, because it is a common requirement in middle school.  So, mostly what we teach is how to apply their English when making phone calls, conducting presentations, and general business practices with emphasis on their particular work field.  For example, I looked through a work book that is aimed at an energy firm here in Germany and it contains lots of vocabulary about fuels and extraction methods and how to apply these.  I am excited to start and look forward to working with adults for a change.  My first contract will most likely be working with the German equivalent to the FBI.   Mostly I'm excited just to have a job and make some money.  This employment opportunity also gave Christine and I an excuse to celebrate.  We went over a couple of blocks to the local Lemke Brewery.  The best part about late September and early October in Germany is that all the breweries produce some sort of Oktoberfest beer that is a little stronger than usual and then they serve in 1 liter "Mass" glasses.  These are reason to celebrate on their own.   
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