GRF Intern: Lisa Foerster
“Every journey starts with a single step”…
Dear Global Rainbow Foundation Team,
sunny and delighted greetings from a few thousand kilometers away, from Germany.
My name is Lisa and thanks to Mr. Armoogum Parsuramen and the youth organization AIESEC, I got the wonderful chance to be part of your organization this summer.
I am 23 years old and was born and raised in Leipzig. Leipzig is a rather small city in the Eastern part of Germany, but it is a lovely city with a lot of old buildings and parks. After graduating from High School back in 2009, I decided to study American Studies at Leipzig University. Why American Studies? In 2006, I spent one year in California, USA, as an exchange high school student. It was at that time that I decided that I want to see the world, meet new people from different cultures and different traditions. The exchange year proved to be one of the best experiences I had in my life – so far. My host family was originally from India and Africa and they lived the American dream in their very own special way. Thanks to them I got to see what it means to be partly American, Indian, and African. Until today, I keep contact with my “second” family and I visit them as often as possible. Especially my host mom was a wonderful person and I admire her a lot. She worked with disabled students at the University of Sacramento and taught me a lot about diversity and making the best out of every opportunity one receives in life.
As a minor, I chose economics and politics. I could combine these different areas of studies and graduated last summer. We were a small group of students and were the first ones that created a program called “Service Learning” at the Universiy of Leipzig. It is something American students grow up with but it is not yet popular in Germany. School and college students create their own community programs in order to help others in need. It can be at the local or the international level. My group decided to organize and host a talent show at our university in order to raise money for a school project in Guatemala. It was a big success and we could raise enough money to support the organization that was building the school in Guatemala.
Shortly afterwards, I started my Masters program at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle. It is not far away from Leipzig, which offers me a lot of benefits since I get to see my family and friends often. I decided to study International Area Studies in order to continue my international and intercultural study approach.
It was always my dream to work in the international field, thereby experiencing different cultures and meeting new people all the time. Being part in the International Area Studies program gives me the opportunity to choose my very own subjects in the areas of international law, politics, economics and cultural studies. This Masters program is very specific and in the end, I can say that I have only studied the subjects that I really wanted and that contributed to my future working path.
Besides traveling, I enjoy reading, listening to music and spending time with friends and family. I adore my cats simply because they make me smile every time I see them. Since I was little, I had a heart for animals (except spiders). I enjoy tasting different types of food, walking at the beach (if I get a chance to), and swimming. As much as I enjoy the sun, I also enjoy skiing and the snow, the white treasure.
Since I was a little kid, I had a very strong and intense relationship with my grandparents. They partly raised me as a little child because my parents had to work so much. I visit them as often as I can and they mean a lot to me. Along with my parents, they are my biggest role models.
Funny enough, they visited beautiful Mauritius back in 2010 and until today, they talk about this wonderful vacation. Like me, they love to travel around the world. As soon as I told them about me going to Mauritius, they could not stop telling me every little detail about their trip. They keep telling me what I have to see and what I can’t miss and what they enjoyed most (pretty much everything). They didn’t want to leave and hope to go back any time soon.
I am really looking forward to working with you and I can’t wait to get on the plane to Mauritius.
Lastly, I want to share my motto with you that I remember every time I experience something new, or have a hard time with something:
“It’s not what you have in life that counts, but who you have”