In the southern part of Germany (Bavaria) school year ends this week. At this occasion all students and teachers are presented a school yearbook in which they not only can find pictures of each class; every department writes about its activity during the school year, too.
Being a kind of highlight of the year the German-Indian exchange project fills some pages as well as shown in the following pictures.
You can read the full article text (only in German) here.
Whoever has ever hosted an exchange student before knows how stressful such a project can be. So, what was it really like to have an Indian in your house?
We asked some of the German parents about their experiences with students of LVIS: “What impressions left the excange project on you or your child?”
Here are some of their answers:
“Die Welt ist sehr verschieden” (The world is very diverse)
“Ein bischen anstrengend, aber es war definitv machbar und eine tolle Zeit, die wir nie bereuen werden!” (A little bit exausting, but definitly possible to manage and it was a great time we will never miss)
“It was a great time because I learnt about India, too. We didn’t have any problems with the exchange partner and we were sad when he left.”
“The culture of the Indian people is very interesting”
“It was interesting to host a foreign teenager from India. Everybody was really friendly and open. It was also nice to get in contact with the Indian parents on skype. We also learned a lot about the Indian cuisine and the indian way of life.”
We are curious about your honest feedback. Have you ever hosted a foreign student? What was it like? Tell us your story in the comment section!
On day four of our exchange all the Indian and German students played Basketball with students of St. Wolfgang school (school for students with special needs). This school has now published an article (only in German) on its website describing this match .
In the article they mention all the school names, the teachers and thank all participates for the great afternoon at Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium.
The last day in Germany! All students, parents and teachers gather once more to give the exchange an official ending. It is time to say farewell; but luckily the students will see each other again in October. That’s why you can see a lot of smiles; only sometimes you get a glimpse of a tear running down a student’s face.
The weather is just nice, when all family members of our exchange project arrive at Karmeliten restaurant in Straubing. Most of them are dressed in traditional clothes. Indian or Bavarian? That difference doesn’t bother any more. Even at the table teenagers and adults of both countries sit in a mixed way next to each other and chat about their last adventures. Mr Wolfgang Poeschl, teacher of Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium and project leader on German side, welcomes all guests and invites them to start with the official dinner. Indian curry, Bavarian dumplings and pasta – even the food is multicultural this day.
In the official speeches, the teachers thank the parents for their patience and love, they thank the principals for giving consent to the exchange and of course they congratulated all the students which behaved so well and were great represents of their home countries. All of them get certificates in which every official activity of the project is mentioned. Mr Poeschl also handes over a trophy for Lotus Valley International School. This cup should remind every student of the project “Different country – different sports” which’s German part officially ends with the farewell dinner.
In an now following informal part of the farewell dinner a Bavarian musician plays famous German songs at a hand organ. The German teachers Mrs Wiedemann and Mr Poeschl have to sing along and the laughter is a worthy closure of the evening and the unforgettable stay of our Indian friends in Germany.
This year’s topic is “Different countries – different sports”. But there are much more differences between Germany and India. The German students of class seven asked sponaniously one of the teachers of Lotus Valley International School to teach them about the gods and godesses of Hinduism. Mrs Radhika Babbar was happy to explain the children the concept of that religion and the delighted students of Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium immedately wrote an article about that interesting lesson.
The day started as usual we took a train to the school(which we were almost about to miss today) then ahead we came to school by bus.
Then by bus we travelled to the Bavarian forests for some sports activities and hiking. We all enjoyed the activities a lot. They required a lot of strength and mind to complete. We all tried the different levels of climbing activity and it was really fabulous and worth doing it.
After that we had a small break and then started with our hiking trip. It was really a fun going up the mountain and getting to know a lot about it in various forms like poems, stories, pictures by Mr.Poeschl. He explained in such a good way that we all enjoyed.
Then we came down the mountains and then moved ahead towards a adventure park. The roller coaster rides there were super amazing. I felt like a bird flying high with no problems on the roller coaster. Really amazing day came to an end after the adventure park. The day was full of ups and downs but its nature of life it continues to go on(nothing serious). It was a memorable day to spend with all and get to know a lot about various things.