Sangeetha Rajeesh, Chennai, India

In order to gain experience abroad and to particularly to get to know Germany as a country, I travelled there twice, once in 2010 and once in 2012. In 2010, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom selected me as one of the participants from India to take part in a two-week course on ‘Liberal Thinking’, executed by the International Academy of Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany. Aside from the expertise I gained through the program, I could also visit other cities like Cologne on a field trip.

In 2012, I was nominated for a two-month Fellowship Course on ‘Environment Reporting’ at the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) in Berlin in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This specialized journalism course was held in Berlin, but I had the chance to travel to many other cities, namely Potsdam, Dresden, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Rostock on field trips and exposure visits. During that time, I was able to experience a considerable share of German culture and saw some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and cities.

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