New Fellows for Cambodia and Mongolia

Kathrin is Bookbridge fellow
Kathrin Petrick is one of the three new BOOKBRIDGE fellows
Malin Klinski, Kathrin Petrick and Cony Fiedler are the new BOOKBRIDGE fellows. They will support our learning centers in Cambodia and Mongolia with offering activities and supporting administrative tasks. In this post they introduce themselves and their expectations for their time in Cambodia.

Kathrin Petrick
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Kathrin Petrick, I am occupational therapist and work with kids since many years. For about three years I am advisor for mentally handicapped people in an assisted accomodation.

How did you hear about BOOKBRIDGE?
I have heard of BOOKBRIDGE from a friend who has worked as BOOKBRIDGE fellow in Cambodia. When she was telling me about her stay I was looking for a similiar experience in a work and travel program having planned to do a trip in Asia in 2014.

What do you expect from your fellowship?
As fellow in Mongolia I will have the opportunity to get socially engaged and learn about Mongolian culture at the same time. I´m very curious about it! My time as fellow is to leave my marks in the work BOOKBRIDGE is doing. Together with the folks at BOOKBRIDGE I want to create something that endures.

Cornelia is BOOKBRIDGE fellow
Cornelia Fiedler
Cornelia Fiedler
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Cornelia Fiedler, I am 31 years old and work at the German School in Oslo. I came to Norway in 2005 as an exchange student and decided to stay longer than I had planned – a decision I have never regretted even if I had never thought that I might end up in nine years living abroad. I was born and grew up in Weimar. After graduating from high school and making a formation in bookselling I have studied Modern German Literature, Children and Youth Literature and Nordic Studies.

How did you hear about BOOKBRIDGE?
I have heard about BOOKBRIDGE around four years ago for the first time. A friend of mine heard about it from a friend who has read a newspaper about BOOKBRIDGE. In the following years I frequently visited the website to see where and how BOOKBRIDGE worked and the organization developed. I found it all very interesting and exciting. When hearing that they were looking for fellows for the fellowship program I decided the same night to apply to become fellow in Mongolia.

Why do you want to be a fellow?
A major part of my work and my interests have always been dealing with literature and cultures and languages and how to impart them with others, especially children and teenagers. I have worked in the bookseeling industry and on book fairs and have been a translater, audio book speaker and librarian for different publishing houses. At my work I could attend many exciting literature and culture events and together with great colleagues organize exhibitions, lectures and events for adults as well as children. I think that these experiences will service me and the people on-site. Besides, I want to get to know Mongolia, its culture, landscape and people. I oftentimes meet people who have been to Mongolia and tell me about Mongolians openness, cordiality and curiousness. The more I read about this country the more interested I become to know more about it and to experience it myself.

What do you expect from your fellowship?
I think that living in Mongolia will be very different from all I have seen so far. I think that there will be many challenges and unexpected things but that at the same time I will have the opportunity to learn a lot and to give things that are very important to me: access to education and to create space for community, creativity, curiousness and fun reading and learning. I hope to help the children and youth to open up new worlds using language and books, to expand their horizons and to develop dreams for their future one day they will be able to realize. If as a child I hadn´t been able to visit the little library in my home town and school every week and to learn English with pen pals from other countries I wouldn´t have been able to access many opportunities and ideas. I wish that BOOKBRIDGE and my work will enrich the lives and futures of the children and youth in a similar way.

Malin is new BOOKBRIDGE fellow in Cambodia
Malin Klinski
Malin Klinski
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Malin Klinski, I am 17 years old and finishing high school at Sophie-Scholl Gymnasium in Munich.

How did you hear about BOOKBRIDGE?
For a long time I have had the wish to do voluntary service abroad. When I heard from BOOKBRIDGE for the first time I immediately got enthusiastic and did research on the organization.

Why did you want to be a fellow?
I want to support the idea to give people access to education and a better future by using books. Since I was a child books have been very important to me. Books take us on journeys, books teach us many things, books give us experiences – all this makes us the person we are. Every story we read helps us to grow and to see life from a different perspective. As fellow I want to give my enthusiasm about reading to as many people as possible.

What do you expect from your fellowship?
I am very much looking forward my time as BOOKBRIDGE fellow in Cambodia. With the help of different learning projects and game offerings I hope to enrich the life of the people in Cambodia, especially the kids. I want to be open for new things, to get engaged with the people and the culture and to contribute my best to make the project a success.

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