How is the life of the Indians in Brisbane

Different and special: living in Australia

The violin maker was born in Rotenburg. He spent his childhood with three siblings and parents in Wümmestadt. "I spent a lot of time in the Ahe, mostly in the forest between the track and the sports field." The hollow oak at Schützenplatz, the Ahes playground and the Kantor Helmke School were also part of his territory. After his parents separated, Ilja moved in with his Mother to Scheeßel. "I had a great youth there with a lot of friends," he remembers. From the oak school a change to the secondary school followed. "It was clear to me early on that I didn't want to study. Instrument maker was my career aspiration." At 16, the globetrotter hitchhiked through Western Europe with a friend before he began his apprenticeship as a violin maker in Bremen at 18. After the training, there were traveling and Jobs in the foreground. His motto is still today: Experience life. "I love my job, but my career was always secondary." So the idea to emigrate to Australia was born in 1993. Father and siblings already lived in Brisbane Ilya was married and the father of little Laura. The family moved to Brisbane in 1994. "The first years were not easy because my wife died there in the first month and I first had to gain a foothold as the single father of a three and a half year old daughter." Among other things, the emigrant learned to cook. As the routine grew, so did the courage to prepare food. The dishes became more exotic and sophisticated. "Laura was not quite comfortable with some dishes and I had to prepare them a second time." In Down Under Grawert was self-employed as a violin maker from the start. "At first I had my workshop in the house." In 1999 Ilya met his current wife. "Daniela is an ethnologist and lived with Indians in Honduras for nine months," reports Ilya's mother, Christel Gerken. The family has now grown to include Reuben (8) and Alexandra (just under 2). The children don't go to school, they close Taught at home by parents. In Australia this form of learning is allowed and is known as home schooling. "What we do has nothing in common with school. It's also called natural learning. Normal life situations are the basis of learning. Our children are encouraged to read, write and do arithmetic. In addition, knowledge of history, geography, physics, handicrafts and all kinds of handicrafts and handicrafts is automatically conveyed. In everything, the focus is on the feeling of play and fun. ”Daniela (40) meets up with other homeschool friends in the park twice a week. The children play while their parents discuss. Special activities are also planned and undertaken. How did you come into contact with this type of teaching? "As a violin maker, I presented a sales booth at a relevant conference. I saw the children there. The cheerful, educated manner and the responsible approach that ran through all age groups convinced me," he sums up. "The world is changing rapidly. We don't know what it will look like in five - let alone 25 or 30 - years when my children's professional careers begin. The main thing is that the kids develop well and freely, have healthy self-confidence, and have the flexibility to adapt immediately to new situations. These life tools are not taught in Australian schools. That's why we opted for this alternative path. ”Laura, who is now 20, stands firmly on her own two feet. She completed her regular school career and studied, lives and works in Brisbane. Ilya is a family man. In the evening, after work, the time together is used intensively. The Grawert children grow up bilingually. "My wife speaks English - and I speak German with them without exception. This applies to learning material, singing rhymes and nursery rhymes as well as reading books. Thanks to the Internet, we have good sources. When we're in the company of other Australians, I translate afterwards Courtesy. "The 46-year-old has been running a shop in Woolloongabba, a district of Brisbane, for ten years. The offer ranges from violins to double basses, sheet music and strings, accessories and repairs. from which we would like to move out soon, because travel will be in the foreground in the future. ”The Australian continent in all its diversity is on the family's learning and experience program. "I love the clear air, the weather, the blue ocean and the endless expanses of Australia. All of this creates a feeling of almost limitless freedom." The violin maker is not homesick for Germany. "The only thing I miss apart from my mother and friends , are the bike paths. Australian drivers are often very rough with cyclists. ”If it weren't for a 24-hour flight, the visits to the old homeland would be a little more frequent. Every two years Christel Gerken from Rotenburg makes the long journey to visit children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for two months Down Under. This is always a very special time for the whole family. It is not possible for the Australian by choice to receive dual citizenship. "I will not hand over my German passport. I love to have the freedom to return to Europe at some point if it should be our wish." What about xenophobia? "I rarely get the feeling to be a stranger. Even then, the reasons are more cultural misunderstandings than racism. On the contrary - the Australians are open, friendly and sociable people. "The answer to the question whether he would dare to take the giant step of emigrating again:" I can't say exactly. My life situation is completely different. I am also a whole I would talk to my family about whether we all want that. All in all, it was so many years ago that I couldn't even imagine repeating it. "__________________________________________ Homeschooling Parents and friends take on the education of their children themselves and teach This at home. Close proximity to families and small groups offer a natural and authentic learning environment. Homeschooling means living and learning without attending school. Normal life situations are the basis of learning. The children are encouraged to read, write, and do arithmetic History, geography, physics, works and all kinds of handicrafts etc. nd handicrafts taught automatically. In everything, the focus is on the feeling of play and fun. In Austria and Switzerland, this type of learning is known as home schooling, home schooling or home education. Homeschooling is also successfully practiced in Australia, America, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Holland, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Scotland. In Germany home schooling is prevented by the general compulsory school attendance in the sense of a school attendance requirement.