German Exchange Programme Hits 18

19 German students from a school called Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule in Altötting, Bavaria will be spending 2 weeks with East Durham College as part of an exchange programme – now in its 18th year.

All of the students will participate in an 8-day work placement, in either Business Admin or Childcare, with a range of local employers in the private and public sector including; Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee Ltd and Howletch Lane Primary School.

As part of the trip the students will also experience a number of the great attractions the North East has to offer. From seeing West Side Story at the Gala Theatre, Durham to visiting Whitby for great British fish and chips. They will also get to have a go at bell ringing at Durham Cathedral and visit the Hartlepool Historic Quay amongst other trips.

Ian Prescott, College Principal and Chief Executive, who today welcomed the students, told them: “I’m very proud that this exciting exchange programme has reached this 18-year milestone. I hope you really enjoy your visit to the College and North East England, I hope you enjoy your taste of the North East.”

The exchange is a very important programme to both institutions as it offers a wonderful enrichment opportunity for their students, a large number of whom will not have had the chance to travel abroad and experience a different culture.

The College catering students are also organising two special evening events, a traditional British pub night with pub games, bingo and a quiz will then be followed by a traditional German evening. The events are being lead by full time student Emma Pritchard and German born part-time mature student Jessica Smith respectively, both students are studying on a Level 3 NVQ in Food & Drink course.

The lecturers who attend with the German students are Hannes Holzinger and Martina Marterer who have participated in the exchange throughout the 18 years it has taken place.  The Principal from their school, Herr Rudolf Geier will also be visiting the College for the first time this year.

Sandra Ambrose and Stephen Metcalf will accompany EDC students, who will be funded by East Durham College, to Germany for the return exchange visit in March.