Local Students Participate in German Exchange Programme

Sun, 26/11/2000 - 00:00

15 students from East Durham College recently visited Germany as part of their long running exchange programme.

The programme, now in its 20th year, saw the local students spend 2 weeks with Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule School in Altötting, Bavaria.

The students from a variety of educational backgrounds participated in an 8-day work placement which was relevant to their chosen course of study, including; Equine Studies, Catering, Uniformed Public Services, Arboriculture, Horticulture, and Beauty.

As part of their 12-day visit students also got to take part in numerous activities and experience a number of great attractions that the City has to offer. The school provided excellent entertainment in the following; a traditional German evening in Altötting, go-carting, a trip to the BMW museum in Munich and a day down the Salt Mines in Berchtesgaden. Students also spent time in neighbouring Austria, on day trips in their spare time.

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 had a fantastic opportunity to work in hotels throughout the City.

Bernie Timney, 16, from Horden worked in the Plaza Hotel and said:”It was really good, the best thing I’ve done since being at the College. I worked in the kitchen and restaurant in the hotel, it was hard not speaking any German though.

“We also did activities in our spare time like bowling. It was really nice to experience the differences in culture. It was really interesting.”

Craig Tinning, 22, from Consett is a V Talent student who spent his time in Germany teaching in local schools. As a classroom assistant he taught English to the local students, he said:”I had a really good time out there. A lot the people who went really want to go back again in the near future. I certainly want to return for the odd holiday.

“We are going to start a German study group here at the College and I’m also taking a course to teach English as a foreign language. I was astounded by the standard of teaching at the school and after finishing my course hopefully I will be able to return to the same school to teach English again.”

Sandra Ambrose and Stephen Metcalf accompanied the 15 students who were funded by East Durham College.