Class 10 trip to the German Embassy in Nairobi

Dear School Community,

On May 4th we, the 10th grade of the German School Nairobi, went on a trip to the German Embassy as part of our vocational orientation. At around 8:15 a.m., accompanied by Ms. Orao, we set off from the school grounds in a school bus and arrived at the embassy after just over half an hour. There we first had to go through a security check, where we showed our ID documents and handed in our cell phones.

After the security checks, we were taken to a conference room by a local employee of the embassy, where we were shown an introductory video about working at the Federal Foreign Office. In the video, the versatility and selection criteria of the various job and career opportunities at the Federal Foreign Office were explained, as well as the differences between the middle, upper and higher service. We then had the opportunity to talk to various employees from different areas of the embassy.

Firstly, Daniel Emunds introduced himself, he is currently the head of the visa centre at the German Embassy and explained to us what the advantages and disadvantages are. As an example, he mentioned that overtime is not unusual and that there is a lot of stress. The versatility of his job is a great advantage for him. We were then introduced to the Federal Police, represented by Michael Geissler and Alexander Heilich. They provide security around the embassy and for important people working in the embassy. They told us that they have often been deployed abroad and that they see themselves as a fundamental part of the Federal Foreign Office. Stefan Koch from the BKA then told us what his day-to-day work is like and that the adrenaline and variety of his job keeps him enjoying his work. As he introduced his job, he let it slip that he was a little tense as he was expecting an important phone call in the case of a Danish tax fraudster arrested in Kenya.

Christian Friedemann, who introduced us to the BMZ, gave us an insight into the process of deciding where money and development projects go, what criteria a project has to fulfil and, finally, how ministers from different parties influence the guidelines for development cooperation. Julia Thyssen explained her career path into the senior civil service and admitted that she wasn’t sure at first which career field she wanted to enter. The path to the Federal Foreign Office and also to the embassy does not have to be pre-planned and, in the case of the Federal Foreign Office, only requires a completed Master’s degree.

With this in mind, we would like to thank the German Embassy once again for the interesting and varied insights and Mrs Orao for accompanying us.

Class 10

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