Samanike Hengst is a second-year teaching assistant living and teaching in Villach, in the region of Carinthia. She is currently working at the same two schools as last year after having built such a good relationship with her colleagues and students there as well as with members of the community. She sings in a local choir, enjoys hiking in the surrounding mountains, and learns to cook Austrian dishes in her free time.
She is currently taking online classes in order to get a graduate certification in public health from the University of Iowa and expand her knowledge in this area of healthcare. Samanike has enjoyed integrating what she has learned in these classes with what she teaches in the classroom and has been able to gain some experience in the field in Austria. Combining the skills she has gained in Austria with new knowledge has been enriching, and she hopes to continue doing so with everything that comes her way.