When Feryal decided to flee from her homeland of Syria, the war had not only completely destroyed her home, but also left deep traces in her heart. Like many of her fellow countrymen she made the arduous journey from Syria to Germany on foot. Together with one of her daughters she found passage on a rubber raft off the coast of Izmir in Turkey and made her way to Greece. She reached Berlin in October 2015 and is happy to finally be able to live here in safety. She wants to build a new home for herself, but has an important prerequisite to do so: Her children and grandchildren should eventually be able to follow her, as she misses them terribly.
Feryal studied English and literature and worked for many years as an English teacher and translator. As a refugee she could do this work here as well. However, Feryal has realized that German employers have very different requirements than those in the Arab world, which creates a steep learning curve. Employers also demand a good command of the German language. Feryal heard about Care Forward through an email from the project initiators and was immediately interested. She is inquisitive, wants to understand the system better and is eager to find an interesting job. The career entry training helped her widen her horizon and chart a concrete path to getting a job that she will be successful at.
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Since completing the Care Forward training, Feryal imagines herself working as a tutor, babysitter or a nanny – preferably with English-speaking families. She meets the demands of the local working culture, which she learned about in the program – from punctuality to orderliness and a great sense of self-organization. She recommends the Care Forward program highly to other women: It is a stepping stone towards interesting professions that are in high demand in Germany.