A short presentation about myself…
welcome to Rebekka‘s world!
Bachelor in International
My parents originally come from the
French part of Switzerland but I was
born and lived all my childhood in
northern the German part of
Switzerland. So I had the chance to
be educated bilingual, which fostered
my interests for languages and
Therefore I decided to go to the
beautiful multicultural city of Geneva
(French part of Switzerland) to study
International Relations from 2005 to
Internship in Abu Dhabi,
After my graduation I did
two internships, one of
them was at the Embassy of
Switzerland in Abu Dhabi
(United Arab Emirates).
The working experiences as
well as the cultural
diversities during my time
abroad enriched me
Attending the Arab Women‘s Conference in
Abu Dhabi, November 2008
Master in International
Affairs and Governance,
St. Gallen (Switzerland) My former flatmates… from India,
Colombia and the Netherlands
In February 2009 I came
back to the German part of
Switzerland in order to
undertake a Master where I
specialised in Public
Politics and Intercultural
Communication in order to
gain a practical aspect for a
No, I haven‘t eaten part of the
photo…it‘s the corner of a white table☺
WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES IN YOUR MIND FOR THIS
• Doing the required tasks in order the company’s director as well as the participants are
convinced that it is an enrichment to organize activities with international leaders.
• Developing my social skills (mentoring / leadership competences, organization skills,
sense of creativity)
• Building up new networks through teamwork and acting in a new environment
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ESTONIA AS THE COUNTRY TO GO FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
• I chose according to the internship offered, but the fact that it is in Estonia is a big added
value as I have always wanted to discover the Baltic Region.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY DURING/AFTER THE
INTERNSHIP? IF YES, THEN WHAT KIND OF PLACES?
• YES! To all places that I will have the opportunity to visit! I enjoy the countryside, would
like to see historical sites, cultural monuments (also museums), typically Estonian
buildings, places to eat, places to go out, etc.
CAN YOU CONDUCT TRAINING SESSIONS ON ANY SPECIFIC SUBJECT?
• Climbing (I took classes on how to secure other people)
• Badminton, Tennis (playing myself)
• Giving language courses (did it several years in French, German and English)
• What is your favorite food? Pasta in all its varieties
• What kind of food you don’t like? Spinach
• Are their special places in Estonia you'd like to visit most of all? Every
place has its specific features. I would also like to visit non-touristical places
that are considered as charming by the local population
• What holidays do your celebrate? Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Christmas
(religious and national holidays) and the 1st of August (National holiday)
• What kind of music do you like? Depending on my mood! There are nice
songs in every type of music and I mostly listen to blues, jazz and rock
• What are your favorite activities? Outdoor activities, tennis, reading,
communicating in foreign languages, travelling, cooking, wine-tasting.
• Do you want to get involved with LC meetings, activities, etc.? Yes.
• According to you, what are the biggest cultural shocks you will have to
face? Youngster’s unpredictability☺. Fun apart, I think cultural shocks can
widen your horizon and you become aware of what you like / dislike about
your own country and the country you are in. You also learn how to cope
with a situation you rarely encounter.
“I like to identify myself as a cosmopolitan person. As I was brought
up bilingual (French/German), I have always been interested in
languages and other cultures. Therefore I undertook a Bachelor in
International Relations in Geneva from 2005 to 2008. After
graduation I did an internship in marketing/communication and
another within the Embassy of Switzerland in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates. I chose a country in the Middle East because I developed a
special interest for that region: Abu Dhabi is a crucial point for the
economy and trade between Europe and Asia and for the spread of
“liberal values” like human rights, freedom of business, equality of
women, etc. in the Arabian Peninsula. I think that every country, may
it be touristic or not, has a hidden beauty and actually I was most
amazed by discovering somehow “special” countries like Syria, Oman,
Through working and living in multicultural environments, my
fascination for the complexity of international mechanisms was
deeply enhanced. In February 2009 I started with my Master in
“International Affairs and Governance” at the University of St. Gallen,
where I focus on public governance, development politics,
management and intercultural communication. I wanted to add a
“practical” value to my studies because I want to learn how to apply
what I learnt in a future career.
Except my passions for international issues, I love reading (Pablo
Coelho, Khalil Gibran, Voltaire, Nietzsche, etc.) and being active.
Whenever possible, I practice sports in my free-time. These include
playing tennis, snowboarding, swimming, hiking, climbing, biking, etc.
I prefer outdoor activities because being in the nature makes me feel
really good. I also enjoy cooking, having good times with friends and
dancing. As an open-minded and communicative person I love to
philosophy about the world and listening to music (one of my big
objectives is to start to learn how to play the guitar soon!) and
everything that can broaden my knowledge. I am also a very
committed person, I love to undertake projects because I have the
chance to develop something and experience team spirit. Next to my
studies I always had part-time jobs. I like working for the same reason
of being able to creating something and because I feel useful and can
deal with my own deserved money.
I guess weaknesses belong to a person as well…so I tend to be too
meticulous (because I devote myself to what I do). Some relatives also
say I am too nice and people would therefore take profit of me.
Being flexible, I integrate myself easily into a group and I am
extremely excited about having the opportunity to discovering Estonia
and its diversities!
See you soon in Estonia,
I am looking forward to meeting