Germany, a country that is situated in Europe brought very good news to the Philippines. An executive of the Goethe-Institut Philippines has issued a statement to the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education which states that Germany will open its doors to Filipinos who want to secure jobs at the Motherland or Home Country, or in some 150 or more German companies that will open in the Philippines this year. There is one catch though: potential job candidates must be able to speak German.

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Falk Schleicher, head of Goethe Institut Philippines’ language program stated in a recent address to the FUSE(an organization that is consist of top educators from public and private schools and university officials of the country) general assembly in Manila, stated that there is a high demand for health workers in Germany, particularly nurses and caregivers. The majority of Germany’s population is rapidly aging and this has prompted an increase in demand for these workers. Schleicher’s actual statement is: “There’s a shortage of nurses and caregivers in our country as young Germans leave their parents in rural areas,” “To fill the shortage, Germany is looking for health-care providers who can speak our language.” It is very clear, in his words, that knowledge of the German mother tongue is a must for candidates.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is an organization that promotes and fosters the use of the German language abroad. They provide different countries with a brief background of Germany’s cultural, social, and political life. The organization enters into partnerships with the public and private sectors of various countries in order to facilitate research, education, and training.

Schleiner stated that there are 150,000 nurses and caregivers in Germany. Also, he said that almost 150 new German companies, mostly call centers, are opening in the Philippines and also require German-speaking staff.

German classes are offered in the Philippines by way of a Memorandum of Understanding initiated last year by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Goethe-Institut Philippines. Six hundred eighty students are currently attending German classes. 36 English teachers are also actively attending a training program for professorship in German and eight of them are on a six-month immersion program actively pursued in Germany.

It has been difficult for nurses to secure jobs in various first-world countries such as the USA, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. An opportunity in Germany comes close to this and nurses are again called into a once-in-a-lifetime chance. If a nurse wishes to look for other alternatives for employment abroad, this may just be it. It, however, requires the learning of a new language, a challenge that is quite difficult. It is a challenge, a major challenge. Learning a language is not as easy as 1,2,3. It is often learned from childhood and progresses continuously. Still, an opportunity is an opportunity. Fate only asks for a yes, or a no.

This opens new opportunities for nurses and caregivers, as well as other Filipinos to have a chance for employment either in Germany or the German companies here in the Philippines. The catch however, is a bit difficult to accomplish. Filipinos are known to be flexible and this is a challenge. If you think you are up for this though, take it. It is still an opportunity; and opportunities always come with a price.


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