Steward Initial Adjustment Report – View

Lotta G├╝ldenring

NameLotta G├╝ldenring
Host and/or Supervisor NameAdam Goldberg
I am satisfied with my placement site4
I am starting to meet training objectives4
I am learning new skills3
Building on my existing skills3
I am clear about my responsibilities as a Steward5
I am clear about my J-1 visa obligations5
I am clear about contacting MESA first if I need to use my medical insurance5
I am clear about the reports I send MESA4
i am happy with my living situation4
I am receiving the stipend I agreed to5
I am training the hours I expected5
I am not having problems with my English5
I am not feeling homesick!5
For any items on the list above that you checked "Strongly Disagree," please explain hereI came among other things for educating school classes and learn more about gardening.
Since now, there didn't come any single school class to visit. Our Program Manager is quite busy, so I am learning about gardening, but not as much as I expected.
But it is okay, I accept that. So I am learning also things, that I didn't expected.
Meets all my expectations4
Had a good arrival and/or Skype orientation5
Answers my questions clearly5
Is giving me the help I need to get started5
Is well organized5
Administers a high quality program4
Understands his/her role as a Host4
Understands why I came to the USA5
Knows my personal training objectives4
Gaves me a good orientation for my placement5
Gives me a good introduction to other interns/staff/employees4
Clearly explained my training schedule4
Is a good trainer/mentor3
Involves me in a diversity of activities4
Gives me responsibility5
Respects my opinion5
Has good communication skills3
Has a well run business4
Is safety conscious4
Provides good working conditions3
Provides personal protective equipment5
Maintains machinery in good condition5
Maintains buildings and work areas well4
Has helped me get settled in4
Helped me integrate into the community4
Is interested in my culture4
Was the MESA information you received in your home country clear? Was the description of your training site accurate? What more would you have liked MESA to send you before you left you home country?Yes
If you worked with a Program Representative in your home country, was he/she helpful? Is there anything more the Representative could have done to help you complete your application or to better understand MESA's program?I worked with GIZ, the organization, which gave me a scholarship and that was great
Any problems with housing, electricity, heat, phone, driver's license, bank account, transportation? Other problems?housing could be better. Food (which said is provided) is not, what I expected. But we will have a meeting about this soon.
Describe the training you have received since getting to your placement site. What have you learned so far? Have you attended any special training, workshops, conferences, classes, etc.?First of all, of course, I learned a lot of things for my life by being a new country, improving my english and meeting the other interns and all these interesting people, who are involved in the SLI.
Second, I am in a really interesting area and I got to know a lot of people, who are working in the environmental field. My horizon of the environmental and sustainable lifestyle increased a lot!! .. and is still increasing. I am thankful for that.

I am also thankful, that I am part of the office scene and I am part of all the organizational and strategic meetings, that are happening. My expectation to get to know the structure about a non-profit organization came true.

I learned less about gardening, than I expected, because it is winter and the things are growing very slowly.
Have you been involved in an cultural activities since your arrival? (examples : farmers' workshop, library event, soccer games, family activities, etc)YES!
I love my free time and I find always something to do.
Any suggestions to improve MESA's program?Not for now.
By checking "YES" you confirm that you are the person listed on the top of this survey and that all information is accurate and truthfulYes