Delaware Academy Students Take on Germany
By. Alexis Giunta
The last week of September the DA German Club travelled to Germany. Fifteen students flew across “the pond” to Lübbecke, Germany.. Lübbecke is a city in Nordrheinwesfalen, which is exactly ten latitudes north of Delhi. Teachers, Herr Legg and Mrs. Beall chaperoned the students on their long journey; one they would never forget. The students left Delhi in the morning of September 29th from the school and took a bus to scenic Newark, NJ. After their seven hour flight landing in Berlin, our bilingual students took a train to Minden, where they would meet face-to-face with their host partners and families for the first time.
On their first evening in Germany, the American and German students met at a local restaurant and ate dinner together. The next day, the students shadowed their partners at the school, Wittekind Gymnasium. There were many activities set up by the German director, Frau Horst, the English teacher at the Wittekind Gymnasium. For example,travelling to the cities of Bremen (Bremer City Musicians) and Hameln (Pied Piper), bowling, attending a Wittekind concert/talent show, playing a German version of “mini golf” and having a farewell party at the end of their stay. Each student was expected to expand upon their knowledge of German and interact with their German families. Every student was also assigned a diary and vocabulary list for each day to record their travels.
The students also experienced a long weekend with their host families because on October 3rd, Germany celebrated Unification Day. During this three day weekend, many German students generously took students on tours of castles, cities (Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn) and even islands in the North Sea.
After living in the beautiful city of Lübbecke for about a week and a half, the DA students made their way to Germany’s capital, Berlin. In historical Berlin, our students stayed at a “youth hostel”. The first day, they visited the Holocaust Memorial, Soviet Memorial, Sunken Library, The Victory Tower and the Brandenburger Gate. Then, the students attended “The Blue Man Group” and after the show, treated themselves to Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Their second day in Berlin, the students visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the DDR Museum which gave information on how it was to live in East Germany. They also walked along the last remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The students also visited the German Parliament building, Reichstag Building. These experiences made in Berlin changed the students greatly as all of them are grateful that they had the opportunity to see Germany, a country they have been learning about since 8th grade.
This once in a lifetime opportunity came to an end on October 9th when the students safely returned to Delhi. They all look forward to March of next year when the German students will experience America. All of the students made unforgettable moments with each other and are excited to reconnect and share their life in Delhi with their German friends.
This experience has been a part of our grand journey of life.