LSR7 students visit Germany for exchange program
Nine LSR7 students in the German program spent 20 days in Germany this summer. They were accompanied by their teachers Frau Anja Canow (LSHS) and Herr Dakota Wallace (LSW).
Our student travelers were:
- Paige Frampton (LSHS)
- Abigail Heck (LSHS)
- Emma Jauernig (LSW)
- Tyler Jensen (LSN)
- Aaron Little (LSN)
- Elise Palmer (LSW)
- Sam Pruett (LSHS)
- McKenna Stoltz (LSHS)
- Olivia Webb (LSW)
Upon arriving in Germany, students took a scenic train ride along through the castle-filled Rhine Valley to our partner city of Menden, where students spent the first half of the program living with German families and attending school or taking field trips. Students climbed the many stairs of the Cologne Cathedral. They investigated the relevance of street art. They explored a former coal mine in Bochum. The group even toured a medieval castle that boasted the world’s very first youth hostel. Yet, the best part of these first days in the country was being able to forge and strengthen ties to new friends in Germany.
During the second half of the exchange, students visited Berlin, where they were treated to a private tour of the Reichstag. They explored a WWII bunker system hidden below the subway lines. The group also investigated the Cold War division of the city by the Berlin Wall and the history of espionage during this time.
The group left the hustle and bustle of Berlin for Munich, where they explored the old city and marketplaces, as well as the grandeur of royal palaces. Students reflected upon the atrocities of the Second World War at the Dachau Concentration Camp. On the last day of the journey, they traveled to Mozart’s home town of Salzburg, Austria.
Our students are excited to stay connected with their hosts. Exchange students from Menden Germany will visit our LSR7 students this upcoming October, and the next LSR7 exchange to Menden will be May and June of 2020.