16th December 2015
Writing: Matthew Cox (Year 10)
Editing: George Corby (Year 10)
Last Monday, around 20 students from DCGS travelled to Bensheim, Germany for a 10 day German exchange.
We travelled by tube to London City airport, before catching a remarkably small plane to Frankfurt airport, where we were greeted by our exchanges and their families - or so we thought!
Due to a misunderstanding, I had been left with the wrong exchange due to a confusion over names. Thankfully, the unnerving saga was soon over as I found my real exchange looking around in the car park. We all went home very excited for our first night in Germany with our exchange families.
The following morning we found out that teenage life in Germany was very different to that in England as some of us had to wake up as early as 5:30 to get to school in time! Despite the early start, our first day was very relaxed as we stayed in Bensheim, starting our day with a 'speed dating' style activity to meet the exchanges, whilst practicing our German. We then attended a dance class with our partners, before visiting a member of the council in Bensheim to talk about the town and the twinning with Amersham. The day was topped off nicely with an evening trip to the bowling alley with our exchange students.
Our exchange programme was then filled with several daily trips and activities, including a trip to a brewery, visiting the European Space Agency's centre in Germany as well as visiting the Heidelberg castle, amongst others.
For me, Thursday was probably our best day. We started with a visit to the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart; before travelling to the Stuttgart football team’s official shop! We then enjoyed lunch at Stuttgart's Christmas market, which was very different to any that I had seen in England before. Many of us tried kinderpunsch which is a hot drink for children at Christmas in Germany.
On behalf of all students involved, I would like to thank all staff involved in coordinating and running the exchange, as well as the families and school in Germany for their hospitality which ensured we all had a wonderful trip.