I did my “Abitur” at a bi-lingual sixth-form college in Freiburg. The dual qualification was really hard work. Many students took a gap year afterwards. I didn’t want to go straight to uni, but didn’t want to just have the time for myself either. While looking for voluntary work with a political and historical focus, I came across the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. A perfect choice. For a period of 12 months I worked in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Chicago, one of the most important Holocaust memorial and education centres in the United States.
I had already had some exposure to Jewish history and culture in the form of books by Franz Kafka, music by Asaf Avidan or travels with my family. I wanted to deepen my knowledge while in the USA. I would definitely recommend a voluntary year abroad. It is the best way to prevent racism and prejudices.
Vincent Falasca, 20, voluntary service worker