Before the Exchange – Satvik’s first impressions

In the column “before the exchange” the German and Indian students explain why they participate in the exchange project. They write about their first preparations and their first contact with their partner.

Today Satvik, a student of Lotus Valley International School, tells us how he was chosen for the exchange project, what he is looking forward to and why he is participating in our students exchange.

Please tell us in the comments what you would like to visit in Germany and what question you would ask a student of the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium.

Speeking the German language quite fluently, Satvik wrote his full statement in German.

Das deutsche Austauschprogramm ist eine großartige Gelegenheit, um Deutschland kennenzulernen. Dieses Programm wird mir helfen, mehr über die Kultur und die Traditionen der Menschen dort zu erfahren. Ich möchte auch die Infrastruktur, den Transport und das Bildungssystem in Deutschland erkunden. Es verbessert mein Wissen. Deutschland ist außerdem für Fußball berühmt, was einer meiner Lieblingssportarten ist.

Wenn man ein fremdes Land besuchst, lernt man eine völlig neue und unbekannte Welt kennen, und das gefällt mir am meisten an diesem Programm. Durch dieses Programm werde ich mehr Leute kennen lernen und neue Freunde machen. Ich habe die Unterhaltung mit meinem deutschen Austauschpartner begonnen und finde ihn sehr freundlich und einladend.

Ich hoffe, dass das deutsche Austauschprogramm Spaß macht und eine wirklich gute Erfahrung sein wird.

Ich denke, dass es eine Lebenszeit-Gelegenheit für mich ist und ich freue mich einfach sehr darauf.

Namaste! Our first word in Hindi!

Like every Thursday we sit in the computer lab of the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium and try to get ready for the arrival of our Indian guests and to prepare for our stay in India.

Like always we discuss cultural differences, talk about German and Indian habits and we try to learn the most important parts of Indian culture and cuisine.

During the last weeks we have even started to learn a little bit of Hindi.

We know, that all the participating students and teachers can speak English and that they are fit in the German language. But for most of them their mother tongue is Hindi and is good manners at least to try some sentences in this language.
Of all the hindi language videos we liked the following one most:

At this point, we can greet somebody in Hindi, can introduce ourselves and can count to ten (more or less). Are there more sentences, which we should learn? What are the most important and respectful phrases?

Project feedback from Robert Bosch Stiftung

Today our school administration got the feedback on our exchange project ‘God came down to earth – a comparsison of Krishna and Christ in Sculpturing and Art’ from Robert Bosch Stiftung. Unfortunately the foundation has stopped the funding of German-Indian exchange projects in the meantime.

The project which explored the similarities and differences of Krishna and Christ was a successful motto in the year 2015 to dig deep into the culture of each country.

Logo Robert Bosch StiftungThe Robert Bosch Stiftung appreciates our project work in its letter and emphazises the intercultural training of our students. Without these intense preparations, including role plays, lectures and film clips, the exchange would have worked nevertheless, but the often hidden specific nature of the customs and habits of a country would have remained undiscovered.

Or do you know, why a lot of Indian women fast on Mondays, men won’t shave on Tuesdays or why you can find a cross in every Bavarian classroom?

Here you can read the final feedback report – God came down to earth yourself. It is in German language and all personal dates have been blacked out.

Dancing rehearsal

To give our Indian guests a warm welcome the German students practice a traditional dance called ‘Niederbayerischer Landler’.

It will look beautiful when they all wear their traditional costumes.

With the pictures of the rehearsal you can get a first idea of that event: 

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The project is worth funding, isn’t it?

Our intercultural sport project is worth to be sponsored. At least that’s what we think. Therefore we applied for some funding of the PASH-Network.

Let’s hope that they like the idea of Germans and Indians investigating the sport culture of both countries.

Here you can read our small project description (in German only) we used for the application process: Anlage – Projektbeschreibung

New project – different countries – different sports!

In India cricket is not a popular sport – it is a religion. But in Germany nearly nobody knows that sport. They like to play football or field hockey.

So, which games are played in each country? How are sport events organized? In this year project students should explore the culture of sport of each country. Of course there will be chances to take part in some events, too!

At the moment planning is going on. What to watch? What should we skip? Are there some rural sports, that are unique for the area? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section!