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ALC 7/2010: “The more you give, the more you gain”

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The 18th Award Leaders Course was characterized by committed and eager-to-learn participants specifically seeking to exchange experiences with each other and with their trainer, as well as many new impulses and innovations from the German Award Authority.

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The 18th Award Leaders Course was characterized by committed and eager-to-learn participants specifically seeking to exchange experiences with each other and with their trainer, as well as many new impulses and innovations from the German Award Authority.

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Last weekend, for the sixth time this year already, the headquarters of the German Award “Alte Bahnmeisterei” opened its doors for an Award Leaders Course. As with the first Course of the year in February, participants included Award Leaders from different International Schools (this time from Bavaria, Duisburg and Leipzig), “ordinary” Award Leaders from German Schools (from Bammental and Kitzingen) and Award Participants (school mentors on the Bronze Level from Realschule Osterburken).

The resulting language barriers were merely one of the difficulties not only the participants, but also course organizer Karsten Vogel had to face. Moreover, Karsten had to assume the role without his usual co-trainer this time, even though behind the scenes Klaus Vogel was actively supporting him.

These circumstances didn’t prevent the seminar from being a success, though. On the contrary, the course was characterized by committed and eager-to-learn participants specifically seeking to exchange experiences with each other and with their trainer, as well as many new impulses and innovations from the German Award Authority.

For example, a pilot project concerning the usage of the Participants Logbook as a Record Book was launched, encouraging the use of the much more extensive Assessment fields of the Logbook compared to the Record Book, as well as its Programme Planners and other information sheets. Moreover, the use of the “Alte Bahnmeisterei” as an Expedition base was heavily promoted during the course. Especially this offer met with much approval among the participants.

Highlights of the seminar itself included the Mini Expedition in wonderful autumn weather, the planning of the Bronze Participants’ programmes, guided by the participating Award Leaders, and the designs – especially impressive this time –of the “Award Houses”, serving as a basis for the future development plans of the different facilities.

“Especially the praise from our Assessor Jane (ed. note: Int. School Bavaria,) after the Mini Expedition was a real ego boost for me,” participant Alex summed up his experience; “it was also a great opportunity for us to improve our English,” said some of his fellow mentors from Realschule Osterburken. Finally, trainer Karsten thanked everyone for their active participation – “The more you give, the more you gain” – and is now hoping to see everybody again soon, whether using the “Bahnmeisterei” for their own Expeditions, or during the Award Management Course.