Exchange students set for Christmas holiday in Germany
Four high school pupils from Humansdorp can hardly wait to wing their way to Germany after being chosen by Rotary Jeffreys Bay as Exchange students.
Chante´ du Plessis, Micheala Japhta, Habre´-Ann Krige and Lene´ Prinsloo will fly off at the end of November for a six week cultural exchange that will see them spending Christmas and New Year in Germany.
The grade 10 girls are also looking forward to their first long distance travel experience. They will be hosted by German families, stationed in various parts of Germany, whose children completed a rotary exchange programme with South African families earlier this year. The girls say this trip is an outstanding opportunity to broaden their horizons; they all love challenges and are looking forward to learning not only the German language, but as much as possible about the country and its customs.
In all 25 students from the Eastern Cape, North West Province and Lesotho are participating in the exchange programme.. The group leave for Frankfurt on 29 November 29 and return on 9 January 2012.
“We will fly to Frankfurt and then split up to go to our respective host families. Then we will re-group to go on a 12 day tour which will include ski-ing in Austria, a visit to the Christmas Market in Berlin and the Mercedes Benz Museum as well as sight-seeing in Munich,” says du Plessis. “We have heard so much about the Christmas market and cannot wait to see the snow too!”
“Our families have been most supportive and most proud of us. They are happy to pay for our airfares and tour expenses. Our German host families will take care of our living expenses while we are in Germany.”
The girls were told about the Rotary short term exchange programme and were encouraged to apply by their class teacher. Rotary base their selections on candidates’ individual personalities and suitability as ambassadors for their country and the Rotary organisation.
For more information on the Rotary short term exchange programmes contact Ted Pope on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 0836501594.
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