Hi, I’m Anna Pia, the new DAAD Language Assistant working for the German Department at the University of the Witwatersrand.
I grew up in Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, and spent an exchange year in Norway when I was 17. I hold a bachelor’s degree in German and Scandinavian studies from the University of Tübingen. After spending a few months in Torino, Italy, as an intern at the local Goethe Institute, I went on to study German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne, where I graduated with an M.A. (with distinction) in 2019. Besides teaching German as a foreign and second language to adults and preschool children, I translate poetry and prose from Norwegian and English into German. I also curated different literary events in the Cologne area, like the European Literary Festival.
When I discovered the DAAD Language Assistant program, I instantly knew that this was something I wanted to apply for. I love exploring new countries through living and working there, rather than being ‘just’ a tourist. What brought me to South Africa was the desire to live in a country I’ve never been to before, as well as an interest in contemporary South(ern) African literature, cultures, and history, as well as the wish to explore a vibrant, many-faced city like Johannesburg – and, of course, the opportunity to teach German at a university as renowned as Wits. I’m looking forward to meeting many new faces, new opportunities and of course to showing all students all the funny and strange sides of the German language and culture.