Not long ago Austrian student Buket Celik came to London to do work experience at a disability care home as part of Erasmus+ and ADC's Internship Programme. She studies social work and management at HLW Bad Ischl and is looking to graduate next year. In this letter to ADC, she talks about the importance of independence and how it inspires her personal as well as professional life.
My name is Buket Celik and I'm an 18-year-old girl with Turkish roots who lives in Gmunden, which is a part of Upper Austria.
The best moments during my trip to London were the conversations I had with the staff at Holly Bush Nursing Home, because I really learned a lot there and they were like a second family to me. The times I spent with them and the clients were so fun and full of new experiences.
Holly Bush Nursing Home is a care home that offers nursing and residential care for adults over 18 with different disabilities. One of the aims of Holly Bush - which I respect the most - is that they want to promote the independence of their clients.
My tasks included observing the other care workers and comparing their job with how we do it in Austria as well as doing activities with the clients and some office work. In fact, I couldn't see much difference between Holly Bush and care homes in Austria.
But Holly Bush still inspired me because they really take care of the people there and treat everyone as an individual. They taught me - no matter if you're disabled or not – that independence is the most important thing in a person's life and without feeling independent nobody will be 100 per cent happy.
This trip was the first time I went somewhere without my parents or family for a longer period of time, so it was an opportunity for me to see, more or less, what life would be like once I stand on my own two feet.
It was exciting to see and experience the different cultures around London - I don't think that kind of multiculturalism exists anywhere else. And I improved my English skills, which was one of the main reasons why I wanted to do this trip.
My plans for the future are to graduate from school, maybe work as a volunteer at a social organisation abroad and afterwards attend the Police Academy in Austria.
I would advise all other work experience students to give their best and try to be helpful and – if you get bored at your work placement - ask for another task. Don't hold back.
Buket visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.