A group of German students from a school called Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule in Altötting braving the elements on a wintery Bamburgh Beach

International Students Experience Life and Work In the North East

Sat, 2002-02-02 00:00

A group of German students from a school in Bavaria recently arrived in the region to spend two weeks improving their English and sampling life in the north east of England.

The group of 18 students, aged 16 to 18, 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 22 years.

As well as improving their English, the trip enables the visiting students to gain some work experience as part of their high school studies in social care, engineering and business administration.

In addition to East Durham College itself, a range of other Peterlee-based employers take part in providing work placements including local primary schools, The Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee Ltd and Metromail.

As part of the trip the students also get to take part in bell ringing at Durham Cathedral and see a British institution – a pantomime - when they visit The Lubetkin Theatre to see a production of Jack and the Beanstalk by the Performing Arts and Music students at East Durham College.

Helen Mair, International Administrative Manager with Durham Education Group, said: “The students will have the opportunity to improve their English language skills as well as gaining valuable knowledge of business practices.

“East Durham College has longstanding relationships with all of the work placement providers who help to ensure the success of the students’ experiences for which we are very grateful.”