Major: Elementary Education
Willow Cottage Early Learning Centre offers high quality Child Care in a home like environment. They provide a premium leave of service offering nutritious meal, nappies and high quality education programs. They are committed to high quality standards in a loving and warm environment. Willow Cottage operates with a higher number of staff and higher qualified staff than are required by DOCs.
Jessica's pre-trip thoughts
Internship: Willow Cottage Early Learning Center, an internship in early childhood education
Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program? Have always wanted to study abroad and learn about and experience a different culture. This internship will help me determine whether or not I want to go into special education. I look forward to gaining more experience working with students/children, and improving my understanding of disabilities. I also want to learn how to establish professional relationships.
What value do you hope to add back to the internship site? Help the children I work with socially, emotionally, and academically. I am a very personable and caring. I hope to bring a new perspective on ideas that I have learned from my student teaching and clinical experiences.
What do you hope to learn on your internship? Learn more about different disabilities and about different accommodations I can utilize in my future classroom. Learn how to better interact with and correctly help a child/student with a disability.
Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"? Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand
What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"? Seeing the impact I have on the students who I work with on the internship; trips to Cairns and New Zealand
Other comments. I really enjoy and have learned much from the two classes, "COMM 330 Intercultural Communication" and "BUSN-INTR Australia Internship Seminar", we take before we leave for Aussie.