Parents’ feedback – Uday’s parents write about the exchange

Strawberry fields
Uday and Thomas plucking strawberries together

The experience has been truly very inspiring and full of lifetime memories for him. The excitement of going with friends to an unknown country was itself so exciting for him as well as us!! Thanks to technology – Thomas ( his German partner ) and Uday chatted regularly before the trip so a certain comfort zone had set in. I was also in touch with Christine ( Thomas”s mom ) who was sweet and welcomed Uday with open arms.

Uday has made so many friends and learnt about the German way of life too ! From becoming independent and understanding self and growing in confidence to understanding responsiblity not only for studies but in other spheres too – we see tremendous changes in Uday after the trip.

The host family also took great care, both Thomas and Uday have become very good friends. We now look forward to having them over and reciprocate to their hospitality !!

With Regards

Mona and Jai Bansal
Parents of Uday Bansal
class 10, Vivekanand

KJF publishes an article about the exchange project

During their stay in Straubing the Indian students visited the “KJF Werkstaetten”. This company employees many handicapped people for high quality work. Car manufactures, or engineering enterprises outsource many jobs to KJF not only because they are morally obliged but because of the highly professionally work that is done there. 

The Indian students were really astonished to see the handicapped man and woman working at computer assisted machines, putting together parts for AC systems or digitizing documents. 

“KJF Werkstaetten” has now published a small article (in German language but with a nice picture) on their homepage, mentioning the visit of the Indian students and describing our exchange project.

The visit to KJF is not the first time that our exchange students wcooperate with handicapped people. Last year we also had a Basketball match with the students of St. Wolfgang, a school for mentally handicapped.

The Consul General of India proposes a visit of the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium

What an honour!

Flag India
The flag of India

Last week our school received an email from the Consulate General of India in Munich. Our long lasting exchange project of Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium Straubing (Germany) and Lotus Valley International School (India) aroused the interest of the members of the representatives of India.

Therefore the Consul General proposed to visit the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium to talk to the German participants of the exchange.  The planning of the event is underway and the whole “school family” is looking forward to meeting and welcoming the Consul General.

Here is an excerpt of the original email:
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Day 16 – Our last weekend in Germany

This is our last weekend in Germany, with heavy hearts we come to the end of our memorable exchange.

This weekend my family took me and Kamakshi to Königsee. It is such a peaceful and pretty place. It took us 2 hours to reach there by car. We could see mountains and valleys as far as we could. We visited the königsee by ship and the view was amazing. We were told it is the second cleanest lake Europe. The water was so fresh and clean, that the reflection of the mountains could be seen. It was fun treking a bit on the mountains.

After that we went to the salt mine. It was really cold inside and we went there by an indoor train. We saw how the salt is extracted and how the salt machines work. It was really fascinating. We also saw how workers work there through a small video presentation.

I am really going to miss this trip a lot and the last weekend spent with my host family was really fun and memorable.
– Smahi Anand

Day 8 and 9 – A great weekend full of activities

I am Aditi Chotra.
This weekend was the best weekend I’ve ever had.

It was sooooo great.🙈 On saturday we started our day with a great boom, the medieval reenactment. Wow! It just wooed my mind, and also gave me Some Indian Vibes.👅like the smell of yummy food which was sold there. But the best was the way Mr Poschl described us the clothes of the medieval times. It was simply great, and the story was worth listening too! He told us how teenagers of that time revolted for clothes(just like we now😂) but it was great. He is such a great person!😂 We saw the medieval times dance (looked pretty easy😂) but no! It was great!!! I just loved the songs and dances. It was like an Indian village fair.

Then we ate crepes and started for the mountains for climbing activities, as soon as we reached there, the weather did not had luck with us. It was sad that we couldn’t go up, but there was another new experience waiting for me…. I saw for the first time in my life. I could literally see the clouds shifting towards us with great rain!😍

It happens in India too but I never got a chance to see that. Yes, we got a bit drenched, but I could literally see and feel the clouds shifting towards us.🙈

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Day 7 – See you on the streets of India

In our first week of the German-Indian exchange project we have already seen some businesses of different sizes. We visited a local company which employs handicapped people and Krones, a “Mittelstand“ machine manufacturer. But today, on June 8th, our group of 10 students and 1 teacher from Lotus Valley International School went to see the Bavarian Motor Werke, better known as BMW. Their biggest manufacturing plant in Europe is located in Dingolfing and it took us approximately 1 hr by bus to reach it from school. All of my friends and I were very excited to see it. Since years we are talking about German cars and we were eager to see how they were built.

BMW Dingolfing
Our Indian group in front of BMW Dingolfing

As we arrived at Dingolfing (exact position: plant 2.4; gate 3) we were greeted by our very friendly and energetic guide for the trip, Ms Steffani, who took us to a conference room immediately. There we saw an introductory video about the entire plant. During this video the history of BMW, the structure of the company and their philosophy was explained, too.
After this informative movie Ms Steffani guided us to the assembly part, which is the last step in manufacturing a brand new BMW. All the parts including the engine, the tyres, the doors of the car are assembled there. By the way, did you know that they call the assembling of chassis and the tyres is called “the wedding”?

At this part of the manufacturing process were many engineers and other workers which added different compartment to the cars “just in time”. But the most interesting was to see the robots working! The robots were also engineered and designed by a German company called Kuka. Without making any mistakes they glued parts together, mended metal components or moved different pieces from one place to another.

As we went on with our tour through the BMW plant we could also see how different parts of the car are pressed into their desired shapes and sizes. Even this work was totally done by machines. Only sometimes workers checked the presses and changed the adjustments when necessary.

And then at last, we went to the paint shop, where again robots painted the car according to the customer’s choice. The actual painting process was a long and – because of the foggy paint – a breath taking process, but the robots managed it without complaining or hesitating! Finally the car was finished and was carefully cleaned with ostrich feathers.

It was amazing to see the work done to perfection. Every minute the workers of BMW paid attention to every single detail to create a perfect car.

Who knows? Perhaps we will see one of the cars which were built today soon. I am looking forward the next time I am seeing a BMW on the streets of India.

“Written” by Khwahish