Anxious, excited, and collectively denouncing our ability to speak any German, sixteen Year 10 German students set out on an exchange programme in Trier, Germany in mid June.
On arrival at Auguste Viktoria Gymnasium, our exchange school, we were greeted with generous slices of cake by our German counterparts, whom we had already hosted in March. A quick tour of the school ensued, before heading home to spend the first night with our host families.
Over the next few days, we travelled between various cities and experienced the contrasting German way of living. In Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, we conducted surveys and visited das Haus der Geschichte, an interactive history museum of post-war Germany; in Trier we learned about Karl Marx (who was born there) and his influence as a radical political theorist and economist. For most, the highlight was our day trip to Luxembourg City: stunning, trilingual, but unfortunately with astronomical house prices. The day was spent exploring, shopping, and eating ice cream in gloriously good weather - a rarity for us!
Monday soon came however and after spending the morning in lessons with our exchanges, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the airport to catch our flight to London. Although initially difficult to comprehend the fast-paced native speakers, we adapted well as the week progressed and improved greatly, as well as forming closer friendships with our exchanges. Many thanks to Frau Humphreys and Mrs Heidensohn for making the trip such an enjoyable one!
Jolie, Year 10