A group of 18 Year 9 and 10 students recently took part in the German Exchange.
This is what they had to say:
The German Exchange was excellent. On the first day, we got a glimpse of what German school life was like, and took an interesting stroll in Munich via the underground. Once in Munich, we visited the Marienplatz, which had a lot of interesting architecture. We were taken to a Beer Garden, where we basked in the sun and enjoyed a German pretzel and a refreshing drink, including their infamous Mezzo Mix. Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to shop in Munich before returning home to our partners’ houses. The next two days we spent with our partners, where we were constantly entertained and occasionally met up with the other exchanges for lunch, activities and ice cream. The ice cream was truly exquisite.
On Monday we took a cable car up a mountain which had a very interesting name and had a rather large picnic, curtesy of our German exchanges, whilst taking in the spectacular panoramic views. A few of us got rather tanned, which being the British people we are, we enjoyed very much. We then went to a little town, where we were treated to (more) ice cream by our teachers if we asked for it in German. We then had another opportunity to shop, which luckily involved a very nice chocolate shop. On our way back, we stopped off at a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, and were able to paddle in the cool water which was received gratefully, as it was so hot (30+ degrees).
Tuesday was equally amazing as we took a boat ride across a glistening lake to a beautiful castle on an island. The grounds of the castle were magnificent with breath taking landscaping including fountains. Inside the castle we were taken back in time to when King Ludwig III ruled and then went mad and drowned mysteriously in a lake. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evenings with our partners’ and a group of us went swimming in outside pool with a slide and diving boards!
On the final day we visited the zoo with our exchange partners’ which was a lovely relaxing way to spend our last few hours together. We went for a last ice cream with our partners after our final meal and then sadly departed with hopes to see each other again. There were certainly more than a few tears shed that afternoon.
I think we can all agree that the German Exchange is a truly worthwhile and fulfilling experience, probably the best school trip we’d even been on. We recommend it to all.