GAPP Exchange 2011

Geschrieben am 26. Juli 2011

 PART 1 – Our Partners From Texas Visiting Us In Berlin in June 2011

Like every other year, students of our partner school “Liberal Arts and Science Academy” (LASA) from Austin, Texas were staying with us for three weeks.

Our friends attended classes with their German host partners, gave presentations in English on various topics in several of our English classes, went on a trip to Dresden and, of course, learned “everything” about Berlin’s sights and landmarks.

Together we went on joint trips to – for instance the Reichstag, the “Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt”, the Berlin-Wall-Memorial Bernauer Straße, and the Jewish Museum as well as Potsdam.

Everyone will probably remember the fun we had together at the Karaoke Bar in Schöneberg or in the climbing park Grünheide.

It is unbelievable how fast the three weeks went by. But there is a silver lining on the horizon – in October it is our turn to travel to Austin. TEXAS – WE ARE COMING.

Some more photo impressions:

Welcome Dinner for our friends from Austin at Brauhaus Mitte

Having fun together at a Karaoke Joint in Schöneberg:

At Disati climbing park:

Farewell BBQ:

The Teacher Crew

Statements from students participating in the exchange:

At first we all were very afraid and curious at the same time. Even if we did write Emails to each other we didn’t know who our exchange students exactly were. So we all were a bit shy and there was sometimes an awkward silence – but in the end everything turned out so well. Not only the exchange students, also the students from other classes were so nice and friendly – in the end I personally have many nice memories and am very looking forward to the next part in October. One word is describing this exchange: Awesome!

Johanna Buttler, 10a

 PART 2 – The Berliners visiting their partners in Austin, Texas, in October 2011

When I heard former GAPPIES speaking about their exchange to Texas and telling it was the best thing they’ve done in their life, to be honest, I thought they exaggerated a little bit. But already a few hours after our exchange students from Austin had arrived in Berlin, I had changed mu opinion .

It was very interesting to get to know so many people from a different country with a completely different culture at once, to show them the city we live in, to notice what distinguishes Germany from the States .

However, the best and most exciting part was definitely to go and see our partners in Austin. Already a week before the plane went, the only topic we talked about was our anticipation. And when we got there, it was just incredible. I will never forget the great impressions I got there: the openness of they people, our trip to the Big Bend National Park and of course my awesome exchange family.

The worst part was definitely to say good-bye, which was characterized by promises to keep in touch, little presents to always remember each other and truly a lot of tears…

The former GAPPIES were right, this exchange to Austin was absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!

Anna Prymak, Q2