German Exchange Students To Experience Life & Work In the North East

Sun, 29/04/2001 - 01:00

A group of German students from a school in Bavaria have just arrived in the region to spend two weeks sampling life in the north east of England.

The 18 students are visiting the region as part of a long established exchange programme with East Durham College.

The German school called Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule in Altötting has been sending their students to the north east for 21 years.

The trip enables the visiting students to gain work experience with local employers and to visit a number of the region’s leading tourist attractions.

In addition to East Durham College a range of other Peterlee based employers, from the private and public sector, are helping to provide work placements including Seaward Electronics, The Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee Ltd and Acre Rigg, Dean House and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary Schools.

As part of the trip the students will also get to experience a number of the great attractions North East England has to offer. They will visit to the Sage, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, the MetroCentre - as well as trips to Alnwick, Bamburgh, Seahouses and York.

Sally Hudson, Vice Principal at East Durham College, said: “The exchange programme is a very important initiative to both institutions as it offers a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our students.”

Staff from East Durham College will accompany 15 of their own students over to Bavaria in March at part of the return visit.