Most state-recognised training occupations - currently around 350 - are structured according to the dual system. "Dual" describes a two-part form of training at two different training locations: You learn the theoretical specialised knowledge at the vocational school and practical knowledge and skills at the company. But what does the training system offer? The special thing about dual vocational training is the combination of theoretical education at vocational school and practical training in the company. This gives you as a trainee a practice-oriented qualification and therefore better opportunities on the labour market.

Vocational school lessons normally take place on 1 to 2 days per week alongside work in the company. In some training programmes, school lessons are held in block form: Here you alternate between being at school for a few weeks at a time and then back at the training company.

Another advantage of dual training in Germany is the training allowance that is already paid in the first year of training.

Voluntary services

Do something for others! Many social areas work because people do voluntary work. The Voluntary Social Year (FSJ) is a great way to get to know the professions in the social sector better.

Here, young people can get actively involved in various organisations. In doing so, they support the professionals, for example in geriatric care, housekeeping or other social areas. A counsellor provides support and helps with problems. Voluntary service enables young people to familiarise themselves with interesting professional fields, gain practical experience and find out more about their own strengths.


The labour market in Emsland has many interesting sectors to offer. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I'm sure everyone has heard this saying before. However, you usually only realise the difference between theoretical specialist knowledge and practical day-to-day work when you have experienced everyday working life for yourself. An internship gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into a wide variety of professional fields. The internship is therefore intended as a kind of training for your future career, in which you can try things out for yourself.

The "Perspektive Emsland" project offers a wealth of internship opportunities with companies and institutions from a wide range of sectors.


The young people from Paraguay who decide to take part in the "Perspektive Emsland" project receive intensive support from project staff throughout the entire period. In addition to traditional career counselling, a qualified team is on hand to help the young people from Paraguay settle in. They receive comprehensive information about Emsland and the regional companies where they can start their training. In four so-called "integration weekends", the young adults are prepared for life in Emsland and supported for the entire duration of their stay. For this purpose, they are accommodated in residential groups so that they can socialise with other young adults and arrive in Emsland.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for participating in the "Perspektive Emsland" project?

  • Of legal age (18+)
  • Knowledge of the German language, at least B1
  • Self-motivation

What documents do I need to apply?

  • Copy of the last two school reports
  • Simple curriculum vitae
  • Short letter of motivation

Do I need a German passport?

  • No, a German passport is not required
  • With the Paraguayan passport you have to apply for a visa

What other costs should I expect at the beginning?

  • Costs for the visa (approx. 75 euros)
  • Costs for the flight
  • First rent, possibly also a deposit (approx. 300 to 500 euros)
  • Possibly some furniture
  • Food for the first month (160 euros)
  • Mobility: Bicycle. Railcard, train tickets
  • Clothes for the winter, work shoes

Is the school from Paraguay recognised?

  • If you have completed school in Paraguay (Tercero), this is a good secondary school leaving certificate in Germany. This is sufficient for training.
  • In order to study in Germany, you have to attend a preparatory college for one year to obtain a university entrance qualification.

Am I obliged to stay in the company after the apprenticeship?

  • No, there is no such obligation.


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