Josefin Hjelm
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Looking for new perspectives in Tanzania

Published: 21 November 2017

When it became time for preschool student Josefin Hjelm to do her vocational education (VFU), she felt a need to broaden her perspective and acquire new knowledge. Therefore she chooses to do her VFU at a preschool in Tanzania.

- I love Tanzania and would like to see how it works at a preschool there. From what I have seen before, Tanzania differs heavily from Sweden in terms of country, culture, lifestyle and language. Even the Tanzanian preschool is different from Swedish preschool. In practice, I hope to gain more perspective on life and new skills, which will be useful in my future profession, said Josefin Hjelm, who previously lived in Tanzania, and where she met her husband Karoli.

Challenge to meet another preschool than the Swedish

She is looking forward to her time in Tanzania, even though she expects that the VFU will bring some challenges

- The biggest challenge is just to meet another preschool than I'm used to in Sweden. Everything that may differ, such as curriculum and pedagogy. I look forward to meeting my husband's family, relatives and friends living in Tanzania. And of course, to meet the children.

Why do you study the preschool teacher program?

- For me, it is the world's best and most important job! Getting to work with children is so rewarding and you get so much back. Children are usually so honest, they say exactly what they think and feel. It is wonderful to see and follow each child's development and learning.

What is the most fun part of your education?

- The fmost fun is to meet all the nice people!

How is it to study at Luleå University of Technology?

- It's good studying at Luleå University of Technology. It is a university that can offer many educations and gathers people from different parts of Sweden. I myself read on a distance and it suits me very well because I have two young children.

Do you have any tips for those who want to study for preschool teachers?

- Enjoy your study time! Study along with others. It is so valuable to be surrounded by study colleagues who you can help and support each other as well as laugh and have fun together. That means everything.

Josefin Hjelm has her VFU at Zayon Day Care and English Medium School. The pre-school is located in the village of Ndala, near the town of Nzega.