German TV in Jávea


The German national television comes to Javea to film a story about the German courses for the unemployed offered by the Town Hall

The German crew came deliberately to Javea to report on this example of collaboration between foreign residents and locals

Javea. Fridau, 18 May 2012.

On Thursday the Javea Town Hall received the visit of a production team from the German television programme "Heute in Europe", that airs daily on ZDF, the only German channel that can be viewed throughout the entire country. The purpose of this visit was to film a story on the German courses for the unemployed organised by the Town Hall of Javea through Creama and the Foreign Residents Department.

Representatives from the HelpDesk explained that in the framework of the active German policies to recruit professionals from southern Europe and the growing concern of the population, the programme "Heute in Europe" wanted to bring to the screens of German households the lives of these people willing to emigrate to their country. To this end, the television producers researched the Spanish Television audiovisual archives in search of stories about training experiences in Spain aimed at preparing people for the German job market, “and this is how they came across our municipality and specifically, the German and English courses for unemployed taught by native volunteer teachers coordinated jointly by the Creama and HelpDesk at the Foreign Residents Department.” But for this production team, the pioneer experience in Javea was doubly interesting, since these courses “not only benefit the unemployed, but also the volunteer teachers themselves, who feel more useful and more integrated in the town that they have made their home.”

The German crew filmed in the Public Attention Office in the Portal del Clot and the EPA, or Adult School, where the German teacher and star of the story, Margit Petarus, awaited them. Also receiving the reporters in the EPA was Councillor Foreign Resident, Oscar Anton, who thanked them on behalf of the Local Council for taking an interest in this initiative between foreign residents and Spaniards in Javea, as well as indirectly promoting Javea as a tourist destination.

They then filmed part of the class and interviewed several of the students, and since it was a Thursday morning in Javea, they took the opportunity to film Margit shopping in the outdoor market and strolling through the streets of the Old Town. They later visited the Arenal Beach and the urbanisations in Balcon al Mar, where they learned about the volunteer fire fighters who they may possibly feature in a future story.

The report will air next week on the programme “Heute in Europe”, which can also be seen on the ZDF website,

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