Hi there! It is always great to hear from a fellow Husky :) I am super happy to hear that you are interested in doing a co-op abroad. I am happy to hear that you stumbled upon my blog simply by googling. No worries, I would be more than happy to answer your question about my co-op.
Currently, there are three co-ops here at the International School of Bremen and we have the title, “Science Interns” even though we do more than what typical interns would do. We work primarily in the Science Department, as a Chemistry major, I work solely in the Chemistry classes and the other two being Biology majors help out in the Biology and Physics classes. However, this job position is very flexible. It ultimately comes down to what you make out of it. If you are up for the challenge and would like to help out around the school, that should not be a problem at all. For example, I help out in the art room twice a week and also help around the school such as in the library or with whomever needs help around the school. I do various projects and tasks for teachers and sometimes when it is not too busy, I have other small tasks that I can do in the meantime. This co-op definitely kept me busy on my toes as I was constantly looking for things to do but it can be very different for anyone depending on how they interactive with the students, the staff and the school. It varies since some of the students are more difficult to work with than others; some classes are more manageable than others; or some days one might be overwhelmed with work or relaxed on the other hand. This is just a general overview of my personal experience here in Bremen with this co-op. I hope that you would be up to reading my blog as I document my co-op life here but not as in detail due to confidentiality of the school and job.
To answer your second question-I did know German (some but not enough to say I’m fluent in the language) before I came to Bremen. I took German 101 last summer (Summer 1 of 2011) and then I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany this Spring 2012 for 4 months. So I was able to learn enough German to get around and have brief conversations with people. To me, it is an amazing language and I absolutely love it. It is, however, different and difficult for some others.
Please feel free to ask me any more questions that you may have and I wish you the best of luck in your future search of international co-ops!
All the best,