Two young girls from a school in Indonesia won a grant to do language studies in Germany. GLOBAL 3000 joined them.
Communication has fast become a byword in a globalised world - but what's the language? English leads the way when it comes to the number of native speakers and the sheer range of people with second-language English skills. Other languages could fall by the wayside. That's why Germany's federal government wants to launch a campaign to globalise German, offering to fund learning aids, grants and advance studies in numerous countries. In Indonesia, Defi and Yolanda were awarded such a language grant to study in Germany, and GLOBAL 3000 - for a three-part series - was there with cameras to watch them prepare for their adventure.
It's the last day at school for Defi and Yolanda before their big journey. 16-year-old Defi has never been abroad and only knows the confines of her private school, so she is excited about going to Germany.
After getting everything packed, the next stop for Defi and Yolanda is the Goethe Institute in Jakarta to sort out remaining details. Then, after a long-haul flight from Indonesia to Europe, their German adventure can begin.
Together with 50 international students Defi and Yolanda arrive at the language school in Vallendar. For three weeks, they spend their days and evenings together, learning German and discovering Germany.