Elina aus Lubeck

Bewerbung: Bundesfreiwilligendienst


It is always the hardest to write a motivational letter as to why one would be an exceptional candidate for a prestigious position such as yours. It is of course prestigious, because one is working with the most precious group of humans. I often get tongue-tied when I am required to jot down all the things that make me more magical than the next person, because as cliché as it may sound, I am a firm believer that everyone is undeniably magical. We all possess something distinct that can add more colour to this already sparkling world. What colour or colours do I offer?

Firstly, I offer the colour of storytelling. I think I have a “wild imagination” as my dear mother frequently describes when I visit home from time to time. While, my almost 7-year-old nephew could be heard saying “Auntie Allie, tell me another story” as he snuggles close to me. I can be quite the actress when he is around, because I love when he laughs at my obviously ridiculous tales and bad attempts at making jokes. But, the credit should go to him because he allows me to be a child again especially when we are engaging in pretend play. He always comes up with the most complicated plots and I am just an accessory to his imagination. So, I think this colour would come in handy when working with people who might be stuck in their creativity – I can write good stories and I love reading to others (in my “apparently” animated voice).

Secondly, I offer the colour sensitivity. You see, a lot of the people who know my soul intricately might describe me as extremely sensitive (yes, my parents). For example, you might find me sobbing in a corner somewhere because my favourite character in the latest novel I am reading is lost on a forgotten island somewhere or because I watched the news about the trauma many children are facing in war-zone countries. How can you not shed a few tears to such issues? This does not make it a terrible thing. I used to hate being sensitive, but now, I embrace it. It is my greatest quality. It means that I have good perspective-taking skills. I am able to understand why someone can be melancholic about losing their favourite stuffed toy or mundane things like spilling their meal on the ground. It also means that I am sensitive to the needs of others and try my best not to hurt others intentionally.

Third, the colour friendless is what makes me unique. I believe in being kind and friendly to everyone you meet. For me, this means acknowledging their existence in whatever way you can. For instance, I talk to everyone – Ich weiss, it is not such a cultural thing to do here in Germany. But, I talk to everyone whether it is riding in the train, cycling to the beach, or when I am trying to figure out which bread to buy at my favourite bakery. Sometimes my talk comes in the form of a warm-hearted smile that says “hey stranger. I see you. I recognise your presence”. It just makes me feel good when I can make others feel like they matter. I love stories and listening to new stories even if the narrator just gives me a weird “why-are-you-looking-at-me” face. This does not bother me when people reject me, because I know that everyone is dealing with their own hurricanes and being friendly to them does not take anything away from me, weiss du? You never know how much change you are creating in someone’s heart by being kind. You never know how many internal hurricanes you are helping prevent, and this encourages me to continue being friendly.

I wish I had more time to write down all the colours of me, but I think it is best if I keep it short. I desperately want this job, because I feel so connected to it already. When I was in high school, I volunteered at a special needs school for a month and although extremely challenging, I learned so much about myself and I was able to make new friends. I am really passionate about advocating for the needs of disadvantaged groups and helping them find a place within society.

I also do not want to leave Germany because being here has cultivated a confident young woman and I have grown immensely. I learnt how to skateboard and to ride a bicycle in the short time I have been here. I have gotten more skilled at making Asian dishes, because the children I work for love Asian food and I love cooking so, it is a big bonus. I have changed incredibly and I am so excited to see what a few more months or years could do to my character. I really think I have a lot to give and a lot to learn especially in terms of improving my German. I think I could be a great element to your team.

So, in the famous words of Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy season 2 episode 5 “choose me, pick me, and [get to] love me”


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Kinder- und Jugendhilfe


8 / 2019

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