Campus Life

From Germany to Stellenbosch

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Stellenbosch High School is currently hosting six 15-year-old exchange students from various towns in Germany.

Christine Maree, the organiser of the exchange programme, says this exchange will be a annual event.

The programme forms part of the Bayerischer Jugendring exchange programme. Stellenbosch High is the first South African school to participate in the programme.

Three Stellenbosch High pupils who have German as a subject will have the opportunity to visit Germany next year.

Though there have been many surprises for the exchange students, the relaxed nature of the teachers may have been the biggest shock,

“I noticed that most teachers aren’t as strict as those in Germany. And of course it’s unusual for us to wear a school uniform,” says Paula Lerchbaumer from Mauern.

For Jessica Reisinger from Pemmering, the most enjoyable part of the exchange so far has been visiting some of the Western Cape’s most famous spots.

“We’ve gone to The Blue Peter and watched the sun set over Table Mountain and Robben Island. That was amazing.”

She also had her face painted at Moyo.

Ronja Schulz from Rosenheim and Sabrina Hankiewicz from Munich also paid our coastline a visit.

“We went to Onrus and it was beautiful. We went to Hermanus and saw whales and dolphins and penguins.”

Schulz hopes to go shark cage diving and bunjee jumping before she returns to Germany.

Hankiewicz believes exchange programmes serve an important purpose.

“You learn about other cultures and overcome cultural biases.”

Jana Reitberger from Starnberg feels that being so far away from home helps one to become independent.

“It’s important that you learn to be independent, because in the hostel you have to organise a lot of things for yourself.”

The students have already completed three weeks of the exchange programme and will be here for three months.

 

By Michelle van der Spuy