The Association for Intercultural Activities and German Language Promotion e.V. is an NGO active in encouraging multilingualisam, intercultural education in German preschool and school institutions and supports international families in learning German as a second language.
The work within the NGO is mainly executed by our five board members. Approximately 20 people are employed for the various projects that we run with great passion. For our work we employ consultants, course instructors, state-recognised nursery teachers and social workers, German language specialists, linguists and one trained speech therapist. Our team is also supported by volunteers.
Our partners are first and foremost the international families themselves. We cooperate as well with:
We are very pleased that our German Language Workshop together with the parent training programms has received a positive response from the local media, Darmstädter Echo und Frankfurter Rundschau. Our aim would be to use the alternative methods of language promotion to arouse interest in regional media and radio and television broadcasters.
That's us, Bojana behind the camera, working and preparing for the year 2019.
I started my professional career at 22 as a German Teacher. I love teaching ever since and deep in my heart I am convinced, that only passionate learners can make the world a better place.
Further in biography, I have studied Intercultural Communication, EU Politics and International Organization Studies. Today I work as Cultural Sensitivity Trainer and Speaker. It was, however, my becoming a mother of two multilingual children, that gave me the idea of founding this NGO, so I can support the intercultural community in my town and help foreign children learn better German for a good school start.
In VIASD e.V. I take care of the projects fundraising and public affairs.
I am trained specialist for learning German as a secong language in kindergarten and see myself as educator who can help young people from the earliest age onwards to realize their potential and ambitions.
My own experiences, and the ones I did with the bilingual education of my daughter, help me to understand the world of the multiligual children and their parents and to accompany and support them on their way to learn German as second language.
I am Maths and Sciences teacher for primary shools. I myself speak German as a foreign language. In VIASD e.V I work in the groups "Mathe trifft Deutsch". Since my family also has a migrant background and both my sons grew up as a bilingual children, I can very well understand how important good language skills for every school transition in their learning carrer are.
The transition from kindergarten to school is a significant step for children and their parents. Many new requirements have to be mastered. This includes a changed daily routine, new contacts and demanding new tasks. If the children master the transition successfully, this strengthens their personality and creates good conditions for future.
I always loved nature and science, so I became a Food Engineer. In my profession, I followed the already known pattern.
But, then I moved to Germany and learned one great thought from Tom Hiddleston: - We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one. Supporting foreign children in Darmstadt to achieve great goals in their lives became my preoccupation. My role in Deutschwerkstatt is to make sciences meet German, I am a supporting teacher in the pre- and primary school group.
Being math expert among German teachers in VIASD NGO I take care of the bills, excels and expenses.
I am studing at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and my objective is to become a secondary teacher for the subjects English and Spanish. I myself was raised biligual and speak German, English, Serbian and Spanish fluently. At the moment I learn French with great passion. My hobby is to play violin and I love to explore the role of music on the process of language learning.
It is very important to teach bilingual children the essential language skills in German as soon as possible. At least, this is what I found out during my years as homework assistant in elementary schools in Munich. Without a sound basic knowledge and the ability to understand the German language correctly, it is very difficult for these children to keep up at school.
Working with children in Deutschwerkstatt is not only supporting them learn Gerrman, but the ability to take them seriously, to focus on practical situations and to establish reliable friendships
That's why I am very happy to support VIASD e.V. as a German teacher in their mission to enable children to have a smooth school start and equal opportunities.
Beside teaching at VIASD e.V. I am interpreter for Tygrinia, a singer & songwriter and a motivational coach for children.