Monika Emrichová spent six months at a small
primary school in a German village. Her main
assignment was to teach English to young pupils,
help the teachers prepare their Comenius bilateral
project with a partner school from Slovakia and
participate in the school’s music and arts projects.
When she arrived in her host school, Monika was fully
prepared for new educational and cultural adventures.
She was ready to make the best out of her stay abroad
and contribute as much as possible to the host school
as well as its pupils. She was also eager to learn German
from native speakers and to broaden her communication
skills. Monika Emrichová not only fulfi lled but exceeded
the goals of her assignment, both inside and outside the
As a young language teacher, she developed innovative
methods to make learning as attractive as possible for
young children, trying to enhance their computer skills
while also learning how to communicate in English,
Slovak, Czech and German as well as developing their
understanding of Europe. Monika went beyond traditional
school teaching and off ered evening classes to pupils
and their parents. As a member of the teaching staff ,
she provided assistance whenever necessary, and her
constant presence helped resolve a number of issues.
Although she is Czech, she became an expert advisor in
festive Slovak traditions. Her organisational skills proved
very useful in assisting the school with their preparations
for a trip to Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, as part of the
Comenius bilateral project, which became the highlight
of her stay. She helped prepare the children who went to
Slovakia as well as anyone else involved in the project.
The teachers and children gained as much experience and
knowledge as possible from the partnership, supported
by her expertise in cultural backgrounds and languages.
Monika’s stay in Veen was also a highlight in the life of the
village. She fully embraced the culture of the inhabitants,
took part in local festivals and participated enthusiastically
in the day-to-day life of the town. The village was also
able to benefi t from her unique experiences as a Czech.
Monika’s experiences are based on her life as a citizen
of a new European Union member state and anchored in
respect, solidarity and the thrill of mutual discovery.
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