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Atlanta Blog 2019

Hello and welcome to the Atlanta blog of 2019!
After a break that felt much too long Mr. Riemer and I are glad to be able to have taken another group of 20 students to Atlanta to immerse in the American way of life.
In the coming two weeks the tenth graders that attend Cherokee Bluff High School in Flowery Branch (nearby Gainesville) are going to blog about their daily routines and experiences to provide insight into the life of an exchange student.
But before the actual blogging starts, here are some impressions from the senior students spending their Sunday at an Atlanta United soccer game.
Best regards
Steffen Teigelack

10/6/19

After the long flight from Germany to Atlanta taking 10 hours, we eventually arrived at the huge airport. With a yellow school bus we drove to the Cherokee Bluff High School and were warmly welcomed by our host families and our exchange students. They even arranged sandwiches and a cake for us, but we weren’t really hungry as we got plenty of food on the plane.
Our exchange partners gave us a tour through the school and we were quite impressed by their gym and the football field outside.
Cade is my exchange student and he suggested to go to the movies and see the new Joker film. So we picked up Cedric, who only lives a few streets away, and went to the nearby cinema. It was great fun, but we were really tired afterwards because of the jetlag.
My exchange student and his family are very friendly and hospitable as well as also open-minded towards other cultures providing the opportunity for exchanging about our lives.

In the morning of the next day, Cade would normally have gone to church and I would have accompanied him, but we were both really tired and we decided to go the next week. I woke up pretty early in the morning and his mother already had finished making breakfast. I ate so called biscuits with scrambled eggs and toast with delicious jam.
I talked to Cade’s parents Victoria and Jamie and they told me that they actually have had an exchange student from Hamburg for a whole year and how she is still a huge part in their life.
When Cade got up, he showed me the back of their house, where a little river can be found and
together with his mother we drove around the streets, as they wanted to show me their subdivision and the area surrounding their home. I was pretty amazed that many of those subdivisions have a pool or a golf field in their centre. In addition each property has a beautiful flat wooden house with a small terrace on it with short brownish grass in front of it. Walking through those streets you can feel the American flair, especially because of the typical houses and the warm and dry weather.

In the afternoon Cade’s sister showed up together with two friends. Usually she studies and is at university which is about two hours away, but she wanted to meet me and all together we talked about school and university in the USA and the differences to Germany and other interesting topics. It was really interesting getting to know my exchange family better and learning more about life in America. For instance, I was impressed how serious they take the sport of their school’s clubs, but I also didn’t know how many people are Christians and regularly go to church. Talking to them and expressing oneself was no problem, but sometimes I was missing a special term, so I would paraphrase it and they’d try to help me saying it.

In the evening we met with Cedric and his host family as well as with David and went to a Mexican restaurant together. There we ate a nice quesadilla with steak and black beans in it. Although the portions were enormous we managed to eat all of it and had a great time together playing „Taboo“. This is a game where you have to explain an expression without using particular words that would describe it and the others have to guess it.

Afterwards we went to the home of Cedric’s host family and as their son is staying in Florida till Wednesday, Cade taught us how to drive their golf cart. It was a lot of fun driving through the streets and we even were able to drive on our own, experiencing how it must be being allowed to drive a car with 16. Then we played some video games together and went back home and to bed.

Overall I would say that all Americans I met so far were very hospitable and interested in our life in Germany. They enjoyed talking with us and were very courteous. Moreover, they are really relaxed and not as strict as some Germans are.

Noel Rusch

10/7/19

Immediately after getting up, Victoria drove me to the house where Cedric is staying, because she and her husband both had to work. They are real estate brokers selling houses and properties in the area.
Cedric‘s host mother Paige prepared a delicious typical breakfast with biscuits, pancakes and bacon as well as banana bread. While eating we talked to her and the grandmother of Cedric’s exchange student Caled, called Grandjudi, about the stores where we were about to head to. They were very kind and hospitable just as my host family is and Grandjudi told us that she has been a teacher at a nearby school.
First off we drove to the house of David’s host family and picked him up. The family invited us all to have dinner with them in the evening and said we could go in their pool. In general Americans are very flexible and like to make spontaneous plans for the day. They also enjoy spending time with other families and doing something together.

We drove about 45 minutes to the outlet stores and saw prisoners doing community service on our way through the streets. We passed a huge man-made lake and the Zeilers told us that it is often used for recreation and they have a motorboat themselves with which they like to drive on it. They said that they want to take us there and use the boat next weekend if possible.
Arriving at the stores we were surprised that the outlet is a complex consisting of rows of stores and
has outdoor areas you have to use in order to get to another store.
First we went to Nike and already saw some clothing and even shoes that we did like. However we did not buy anything yet as we were quite uncertain and wanted to see the other shops first.
So we made our way to Puma and were a little disappointed by their few non-sports clothing.
As Cedric was asked by his sister to get some things for her, we went to a shop with all kinds of fragrances and needed some time as well as the help of the staff to find what we were looking for.
We had to call Paige and Grandjudi to say that we needed more time and headed to the Converse store. David and I got two t-shirts with nice prints on them and we went to Adidas, but just as at Puma we didn’t find anything. In the end we were a little bit in a hurry getting the things we saw from the Nike store, but we just made it on time, having bought pullovers and a pair of shoes.

We went to „Chick-fil-A“ which the Americans love and Paige and Grandjudi consulted us about what we could eat and gave us tips about what tastes good.
Eventually, I ate a very delicious chicken burger with special dips and a self-made lemonade.
We enjoyed the meal and we were told that the first diner was opened in Atlanta and
that they have closed on Sundays as many people in the South as well as the owner are religious.
Furthermore they offer students who are working there to help them paying for university.

Afterwards we went to a huge Walmart to get some basic stuff and finally arrived at the national park. We parked close to a waterfall and made some pictures in front of it, then we walked up a lot of stairs till we were on the top of the hill where you really had a great view.

After we had driven back home, we got the golf cart from the Zeilers‘ home and drove around the neighborhood. We all got our swimming trunks and a towel and drove to the host family of David.
They have a large house with a cinema and pool as well as a hot tube and their own basketball pitch.
David’s exchange student Thomas DeGoey had two friends visiting him and we all played Fifa together.
After the match we went into the pool and played basketball in it until it got pretty cold and we went into the hot tub. His mother had prepared some food and we all ate together talking about sports, travelling and a lot of other things.
We also tried to teach them some German which was funny as no one except from Cade could speak a little bit and they struggled with the pronunciation.
It became late and so we headed back home, having to drive quite a while.

Noel Rusch

10/8/19

Hey guys 🙂 ,
I want to tell you about this day, it is October 8th 2019. I and Callie woke up at 10:30 am. First we had breakfast together and we ate toast with strawberry jelly and some yoghurt. After that we took the car and rode it to the Cherokee Bluff Park and went into the woods. We wanted to go into the cabin but it was locked. The park is named by the Bluffs and by the Indian tribe they called “Cherokee”. We made some pictures in the woods and at the rocks together. After this we took the car to the Flowery Branch High school and I was learning that Cherokee Bluff high school is a very new school and the Flowery Branch high school was a middle school before and they split the school and built a new school which is called “Cherokee Bluff High school” and made the old Flowery Branch High School to a new high school. So after we visited Flowery Branch High School we drove to the Cherokee Bluff high school, which Callie, my exchange student goes to. I really like the school because they have big American football fields, tennis fields. I wasn’t in the school this day but on the welcoming day when our hostbparents picked us up I saw the gym and the gym is really huge and awesome.
Next we drove to a big beautiful lake and made some pictures too. In the lake there was a small island. The weather was perfect and it was 69°F, which equals 21°C. It was not too hot. My host family showed me Gainesville downtown and Flowery Branch downtown. So in Flowery Branch I saw a new police station. It was a very large building. Then we went to Frozen Yoghurt and met Garrett, Max and Mathias. Callie ate a frozen yogurt with cake butter and sugar cookie. I ate frozen yoghurt too with pineapple and snow vanilla. Afterwards we went to a store and we bought some stuff for the pool party. The pool party started at 6:30 pm at the Wayne‘s house where Max and Mathias stay as exchange students. We met every host family and everybody got to know each other. We had a cook out and a party and ate lots of food and dessert.
My host family is really neat, polite and nice to me and we really got along fast. They told me that they understand everything I say and I am understanding them well too.

Larissa Fiona Senkel

10/10/19

Mr. Riemer and I had an interesting afternoon at Georgia Tech today. The School of Modern Languages hosted a German Day to which several speakers (students, teachers and advisors) were invited to share their experience of learning and teaching German at GT. The university‘s LBAT program is all about German studies and the cooperation with German universities and companies where GT students spend a semester abroad and do internships.
We were also able to listen to Ferdinand Seefried, Austrian consul in Atlanta and we met Nicolette Gahleitner, who is the German language advisor for many southeastern states in the USA. She provided us with valuable contacts in the Atlanta area. What a great day for networking!

Steffen Teigelack

10/9-10/19

My fifth day in America started with the sound of my alarm at 7:30am. After standing up and packing my backpack I went down the stairs. At 8:00 am I had my morning coffee and I talked with Mrs. Paige, my host mother, about what we are going to do in the following days and how a normal school day looks like in America.
When my coffee was empty Noel knocked on the front door of the house where I am staying, because on this day we and all the other students of the 10th grade from Germany planned to visit “The world of Coca Cola”. The world of Coca Cola is a museum about the history of Coca Cola in downtown Atlanta, but before we went to the museum we ate breakfast at a local junk food restaurant called Chick-Fil-A.
After we finished breakfast we drove to CBHS, it’s the short form for the school‘s name. When we realized that everybody was at the school, we started driving to downtown Atlanta. The drive took about 45 minutes. The museum was divided into different sections, the first one was about the ads of Coca Cola, but the ads were from all over the world. For example, another section was about the taste of Coca Cola products from all over the world. They tasted all different, but some tastes were just disgusting.
I can’t remember the exact time when the visit in the museum was over, but after all this interesting stuff we learned about Coca Cola we were very hungry so we went to “The Varsity “. It is a typical American diner where you can get burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings and more food. I decided to take a cheeseburger and fries.
I drove home with Noel and then we decided to get a snack and after the snack we went playing tennis at the neighborhood‘s tennis field. In the evening Noel went home and then I went to bed early, because the next day is my first school day in America.
My first school day in America was on Thursday, I was excited to see if the school and the subjects are like in our school in Germany. I had to be ready for school at 7:50am, because the school started at 8:20am or 8:25am. The first subject was about the law, police stuff and criminal things. After the first period we had Language class, it’s like the German lessons in Germany. Third period was about science and chemistry. The next lesson was math that was the most interesting lesson of the day, because math is my favorite subject. After math, in the fifth period, we had a lunch break of 30 minutes. After eating our food we had to go to social studies, which is kind of a history lesson in Germany. My two last lessons were marketing and weight training. Weight training was the most boring subject of the day, because I didn’t bring sport clothes to America and so I just sat in the gym and waited for the end of the school day.
As a conclusion I would say that the CBHS is way bigger than THG and more modern, but the classes in THG are more interesting and in Germany we have more breaks than in CBHS.
But all in all my first school day in America was very cool, interesting and funny.

Cedric Liedtke

10/11/19

Let me tell you about my second school day at Cherokee Bluff High School.
After settling in for a few days at my host home it was time to experience the life of an American high school student. The first bell rings at 8:25 a.m., so we left our home at eight o’clock and drove to school. Comparatively, American and German high school is vastly different. For example the schedules. Here they have the same schedule every day, unlike Germany where it’s always different. I participated in all of my exchange student‘s classes, which were junior year level classes. For the majority of the time I could participate in her classes, but in some I wasn’t able to participate because of the activities. For example essays they had to do.
In first period we had American literature. They took a quiz over a movie which they had recently watched. Second period was German, therefore it was very entertaining and easy. They presented their presentations about the Oktoberfest.
Following that we had AP Literature. In fourth period my exchange student and I had Physics. They received a previously written test, and the teacher taught us about velocity and acceleration. Following that we had Pre-Calc., which is also a difference between Germany and America because they have different classes for different math content.
After math it was time for lunch. Every other grade except for seniors can’t leave school for lunch, so the students have to eat at the cafeteria. Lunch lasts for about 30 minutes and they offer quite a diversity in their food. For example vegetarian, vegan and “regular “ food. We chose rice with chicken, which was quite good especially for school food.
Following lunch my exchange student Ruthie and I went to AP U.S. History. We learned about the “area of the good feelings “ which was a time period from 1812-1825. The last period was math again, but this time statistics. The teacher just introduced this new topic to the students and they talked about preparing presentations for it. School ends at 3:35 so we got home at around 3:50.

In general you can say that everybody here is very polite, open-minded and friendly. Especially the teachers. Most of them try their best to include us and help us with problems like the language barrier.
As I previously mentioned the American school system is very different to the German one.
The biggest difference is the grading system. They use different numbers to grade because they grade out of hundred. A certain letter is assigned to a group of numbers, which shows you how good of a grade you got. For example 90 and up is an A, which is the highest. 70 or lower is an F, which is an failing grade.
Another difference is that the teachers don’t include participation as part of the grade. You are not required to pay attention, which can lead to people failing a class. Therefore the atmosphere in the classes is more laid back than in Germany, which can lead to people for example napping during class or going on their phones a lot.
Another thing that caught my eye was the school spirit! The school offers a huge selection of merchandise and many people love to wear that to support the school. For example on game days the cheerleaders wear their uniforms and the football players wear matching shirts.

After we arrived at home my host family and I enjoyed our free time together. We talked a lot about the differences between our two countries especially focusing on the different lifestyles. I also tried to teach them some German, which was really funny because they struggled with the pronunciation.
Later that night we went to the movies. We watched the movie “Joker”, which is about how the Joker became who he is today.
The movie theaters are quite similar to the ones in Germany, the only differences are the snacks. For example the popcorn in Germany is usually sweet, while here it’s normally salty.

My host family is very kind and friendly and I felt very welcomed from the moment I met them. They really try their best to give me an amazing time here and I am really happy to be here. Ruthie and I get along really well and we always have a great time together.

I am really glad that I am participating in this exchange, because it gives you the opportunity to meet new great people and it’s really interesting to get to know the differences between Germany and the USA.

Louisa Schrief

10/12/19

Hey guys (whoever is reading this blog :D),
this is a review of the 8th day, 12th October, of our stay in Georgia but this is a special edition of this travel blog on our school websitee because a huge part of this day did not take place in Flowery Branch, the place where my hostfamily is living and where the ´Cherokee Bluff High School´ is located, not in Atlanta and not even in Georgia. We spent a few hours of this Saturday in Birmingham in Alabama.
Let´s start at the beginning of this day:
I stood up at… no wait I´m not going to start like this.
A few days ago the father of our host family told Max and me to ask our parents if we would be allowed to join him and his son Garret on their flight to Birmingham. He wanted to go there with his own small plane to bring his son to his soccer match. Max and my parents accepted and so we went to Gainesville ´´airport´´, got everything ready for the flight and started at 11 o´clock and arrived in Birmingham at 11:25 but the flight did not just take 25 minutes. The local time is just different in Alabama, Alabama is one hour behind Georgia and in total 7 hours behind central European time.
When we arrived at Birmingham airport we rented a car to get to the soccer pitch. After we had to wait around an hour for the game to start it began at 1 p.m. but Garret‘s team was off by 2 goals at halftime (0:2). As the second half started his team got better and better and managed to score 2 goals to equalise (2:2). Alabama FC, the opponent team, scored again but Garret‘s team worked hard on the pitch to start another comeback and to score again. So the final score was 3:3.
After the game we went back to the airport and flew home and I was even allowed to fly the plane for a couple of minutes.
When we arrived back at Gainesville airport we drove the plane into the hangar and drove to the grandparents of the family for a typical southern dinner.
We had chicken, fried vegetables, squash and a lot of non fried vegetables like beans and carrots. The most of this dinner was really delicious like the chicken and the fried vegetables which had a special nameI fogot and which was really hard to pronounce but there were still things I really disliked, I really hated the squash and the desert, a blueberry mixture with vanilla ice cream which was kind of too sweet like many things in the USA, for example the sweet tea which is also typical for southern states.
This evening was supposed to be hard because we were told that the grandparents are speaking a thick southern accent but even that was actually no problem to understand them. It was a bit harder than understanding our hostfamily who are speaking a very clear English without any accent. Speaking and understanding English has been absolutely no problem yet and everybody tells us how good our English is and that they are really suprised that the kids in Germany start to learn English so early and so long.
I am really glad and happy that I have the chance to take part in this exchange because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people, a new culture and to get many new impressions which I will remember for all my life.

Mathias Künne

10/13/19

I have been in Georgia for over a week already but it only feels like a few days. I love my host family and especially my exchange student Sydney. I really like the typical American life and I come along very easily. So on the 8th day in Georgia for me I got up at 8.30. I got myself ready and had breakfast. At 9.30 we left the house and went to church. The church is about 30 min away with the car. As we arrived in the building where it takes place we were welcomed by some people and we went into the room where church is on. In America it is a lot different than in Germany. They have a band that plays during it and all in all it’s a lot more casual than ours in Germany. Also there are a lot more people that go to church. And for me it was so much fun and it was really interesting to see how different church can be. So when church was over we went to a Halloween store to look for some accessories for next week‘s homecoming. The homecoming week is the week before homecoming and if you don’t know what homecoming is, it’s a really big deal for all Americans and it’s kind of like a formal dance and it takes place only once a year. And in the homecoming week every day there is like a different theme and everyone who wants can dress up every day in the week. After that we went back home and had lunch and then we took a break for about 2 hours. At 4 pm Sydney’s best friend Emma came over and we drove to church again but this church was only for kids that go to high school. On our way we picked up Sydney’s friend Timi. The ways here always take some time because everything is kind of very far away so we arrived at the church at 5 pm. It started at 5.15 pm and it was so much fun because we sang some songs and you got to meet a lot of new people. After church we drove to a Mexican restaurant and had some Mexican food. It was very delicious but it was too much for me and I couldn’t eat all of it. At 9.30 we were back home and we went to bed. I‘m very glad that I am here and that I have the chance to experience the life of an American student and to meet a lot of new people.

Jolina Hellwig

10/14/19

The first day of our second week in Atlanta started off pretty normally. I woke up at 7:00 am and got myself ready for school and ate breakfast, which consisted of orange juice, a bowl of cereal, a pop tart and a banana. We left our house at 8:00 am. Mathi, our exchange student Garrett and me got driven by his older sister Mackenzie, who already is a senior at Cherokee Bluff High. We arrived at school at 8:20 am. Today we would visit the lessons of Mackenzie in order to see the school day from the perspective of a senior. First period was Math, where we prepared for a test the other students would write about sinus and cosinus. The second period was legacy, where we mainly talked about preparing homecoming, which is a big tradition and event in American schools and takes place every single year. It is a huge event with a lot of sports and dressing up.
The third period was AP literature, which was a lot of fun, because the teacher was very nice and we mainly talked about the differences between American and German schools. The last period we would have with Mackenzie was Economy, where we talked about inflation and its causes. After that we switched to Garrett and went to his lessons again. The fifth period of today was chemistry. After that we had lunch, weight training and PE. We left school at 15:30 pm.
After school we mainly just relaxed and played ping pong, until at 19:00 pm a lot of people came over for X-Revival, which is a gathering of highschool students in Hall County. We talked about believing in God, having doubts about that, the life of Jesus and where Jesus stands in our life, which was a very Christian talk. After that we all went and ate at Zaxby’s, which is a place where you can get all kinds of chicken. I got a spicy chicken wings menu with fries. One thing I noticed while staying in the USA is that people eat out way more than we do in Germany and that they eat a lot more fast food. The group we went eating with was really funny and they were all really nice, so it a was a very good evening. After that we went home and I went to bed at 23:00 pm.
Overall the day was pretty good. I met a lot of new, very nice people and talked to a lot of them which was very good for practicing the language. I also learned a lot about American schools and their system, so it was a really good day.

Max Gericke

10/15/19

Hey,
this is my blog about Tuesday, October 15.
Now I’ve been in Georgia for 11 days and so far I really like the typical American life.
Today I woke up at 6 o’clock like every day when we have school. We left the house at 7 am. We have to drive to school so early because both of my host parents are teachers at Cherokee Bluff High School.
At school we had a few minutes before we had to go to bible study. Belle and I just walked around a little bit in school and talked about the past days.

Normally school starts at 8.25 am but on Tuesday Belle has bible study before the real school day starts. So we had bible study from 7.45 to 8.20 am. We heard some prayers and talked about a story in the Bible. It was interesting and I really liked it.
Then our first lesson starts at 8.25, which is Forensics. I really love this subject, it’s about criminal investigation and its soooo interesting. After this we had Math, I already did the stuff in Germany which they did, so it was a little bit boring. After the lesson we had Legacy. This subject is also very interesting, they are reading a book about life. It deals with the topic how to live and who you are in the world. The next lesson was German and it is really interesting to see how people learn German and it sounds kind of cute when they speak German. After this we had yearbook. Yearbook is a very cool class. It’s a class with 20 students who write texts and make the design for the yearbook. The students in this class are all very friendly and very very funny. But today we sold homecoming tickets instead of writing something for the yearbook. This was cool because I saw a lot of different people from Cherokee Bluff Highschool.

Then we finally had lunch at 1.11 pm. We ate something at the school cafeteria. We ate together with Louisa, Rosa and their exchange students Ruthie and Hallie like everyday. The food was pretty good. But the lunch break is only for about 30 minutes. So we had to go back to class very quickly.

The last two lessons were American History and English Literature. But instead of English Literature in the 7th period we had a pep rally. At the pep rally all the students came together and met in the gym. The cheerleaders showed off some skills and the volleyball teams had a little game against each other. After about 1 hour it was over. The school did this because this week is homecoming week, which is a really funny week because everyday there is a different theme. The students and teachers can dress up for this theme if they want to. Today we had the theme Cowboy vs Aliens. The pep rally was really fun.
After this we went to Starbucks. But we had to be back at school quickly because Belle got invited to the “National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.” National Honor Society is a club based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. It was a ceremony where the students were given certificates and promised to uphold the club’s pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
The last thing that we did today was a dinner at a typical Mexican restaurant. The food was so great there and I really liked it.
When we finally arrived home we just went to bed because we were all very tired.
In conclusion I can say that the today wasn’t a normal school day. Hoco time here in America is a very special and important time for the students. I love the American High School and I am so glad that I can have all these experiences.

Charlotte Klimbert

10/17/19

Today I visited Cherokee Bluff High School for an in-class Oktoberfest that Dr. Barton invited me and the exchange group to. Everybody enjoyed themselves having some Strudel, Stollen and Würstchen and listening to all kinds of German music. I was also able to peek into some of the classes my students take, e.g. weight lifting, and talk to Wes McGee, principal of CBHS, to talk about our ideas of strengthening our schools‘ partnership.

Steffen Teigelack

10/16/19

Hey guys, this is a reflection on the events of 16th October.
I‘m staying in the same house as Noel and this Wednesday our exchange student had no school, however he still had wrestling workout in the morning. Noel and Cade woke up at 5:40 am and went there, while I slept longer and stayed at the house because I was too tired.
At around 12 o‘clock Cedric told us that he and his exchange student (Calep) could pick us up in 15 minutes to go to a gambling hall with arcade games, lasertag, bowling lanes and a bar. After getting ready we went with him and we also picked up three friends of Cedric‘s exchange student. Once we arrived there we played two rounds of lasertag, which is a game where you have to tag others with a laser gun, where everybody plays against each other. It was really cool and I managed to get second place. After that, we bought some soft drinks and sat down for around fifteen minutes. Immediately after the short rest, we went on to buy a card with credits on it for the gambling machines. I mostly played “Beat saber“, a VR game where you have to slash targets with two lightsabers, “Alien“, where you had to shoot approaching aliens with a hard plastic gun and a hunting game where I had to shoot prey like deer with a simulated gun.
As soon as we spent all of the credits on our cards we went to a shop where we spent the points we made for all kind of stuff and played a last round of lasertag, however one of Caleb‘s friends had to leave before the match.
Cedric’s exchange student and his two friends played against me, Cedric and Noel. We won with about 6000 points against 5000 points and I actually managed to be the best player in the match. Eventually we were driven back to our house. Noel and I where pretty hungry, as we had no lunch, so we and our exchange family went to a restaurant called Olive Garden. It is near a shopping mall we went to on Tuesday. Me and Noel ordered starters like soup and also pasta as the main food there. It was really delicious and we both were really full afterwards.
After arriving back home I relaxed in my room and went to bed at around 11pm because I was very tired. All in all it was a really exciting and eventful day!
The communication with the exchange students worked really well for me. There were basically no moments where I had to think of a word or where I didn’t know how to respond. It all went pretty fluent and without any major problems. In terms of culture I didn’t really spot any difference. The school is a lot bigger and also seemingly wealthier than our school, with everything like for example the gym being bigger. Also the school had a lot more security measures with cameras being located at school and also a sheriff.
The exchange families were all really nice and they tried everything to make the stay as enjoyable as possible so overall the exchange was a very enjoyable and fun experience!

David Schäfer

10/17/19

I was with Belle and her exchange student Charlotte today, so I could go to some different lessons and experience what else the school offered as lessons. The first period was with my host dad‘s lesson, it was funny because we did a game where you had to guess which animal or thing a person was, using only non verbal communication. The second lesson is normally math, but today it was the Oktoberfest where we ate Brezeln, a pudding which looked like beer, which is typical for the Oktoberfest. The third lesson, we had legacy, where we talked about what is important for the future and what we were looking forward to do when we get older. The 4th period was German, where we had once again the Oktoberfest. We ate Apfelstrudel, a noodle salad, and bratwurst with sauerkraut. After that we had yearbook where the people decorated the walls for Homecoming. After 5th period we had lunch. The school was nice enough to give us free food for our stay here. Today I ate fried chicken and a side salad. So far I have really enjoyed the school’s food. For 6th period, I had theater, where we worked on a project in which we created our own theater company. Then I had literature where the students had to write an essay. After that was the powder bluff game were the girls who won yesterday’s game played against the female teachers. The teachers won the game. After the game, the different sports teams and clubs had a parade where they threw sweets from decorated floats. Then we went to the bonfire. It was so big that the firefighters had to put it out. Then we concluded the day by eating at the huddle house where I ate a burger.
I love my host family a lot and I am sad to leave them in a few days. I am grateful that I get my own room and wake up to my host family’s dog giving me a bunch of kisses. I think that my vocabulary and English has improved quite a bit. I have really enjoyed getting to use my English with my host family and it’s fun to learn new words. I am glad to have had the chance to get an experience of the American way of life and the school system in America. In my opinion the school has a lot of subjects for every person, such as; theater, art, gym, welding, technology, criminal justice, yearbook, and a lot of more classes.

Rosa Krella

25 Jahre Grenoble-Austausch

WAZ Kettwig, 10. April 2014

 Deutsch-französische Freundschaft

Seit 25 Jahren gibt es den Austausch zwischen Schulen in Kettwig und Grenoble

Von Ian Walther

„Auch aus einer Kartoffel kann man sehr viel machen“, erklärte Dr. Michael Bonmann. Als Bezirksbürgermeister begrüßte er eine Gruppe französischer Lehrerinnen am Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium. Zusammen mit 18 Schülern kommen sie vom Externat Notre-Dame in Grenoble und sind in dieser Woche in Kettwig zu Gast.
Eine der Lehrerinnen ist Odile Rivoire-Vicat. Sie ist auf französischer Seite für die Organisation zuständig. Ihr überreichte Bonmann das Kettwiger Kochbuch – mit Rezepten für Kartoffelgerichte.
Der Besuch ist Teil eines Austauschprogramms zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich. In diesem Jahr gibt es aber eine Besonderheit, denn die Beteiligten feiern ein Iubiläumz Seit 25 Iahren besteht nun die Freundschaft zwischen den Schulen in Kettwig und Grenoble. „Ich freue mich sehr über diese Partnerschaft“, erklärt Bonmann und verweist dabei auf die Beziehung der beiden Länder in der Vergangenheit: „Vor 100 Iahren waren wir Todfeinde – heute kann sich das keiner vorstellen.“
Herbert Zemke ist am THG Lehrer für Französisch und Philosophie. Er ist für die Planung des Austauschs zuständig und hat für die Gäste aus Frankreich ein Programm erstellt, damit die Woche in Deutschland auch spannend ist.
Am Freitag sind die Franzosen in Essen angekommen: „Das Wochenende verbringen die Schüler in den Gastfamilien, damit sie das Leben hier hautnah mitbekommen“, erklärt er. Anschließend standen Besuche im Essener Rathaus und dem Museum Folkwang auf dem Plan. Einer der Höhepunkte ist der Besuch im Dortmunder Westfalenstadion.
Der Austausch findet immer in der Iahrgangsstufe acht statt – ]oanna Schwabedissen und Clara Strathmann sind da eine Ausnahme. Denn beide nehmen nun zum zweiten Mal daran teil.
Ihnen hat ihr erster Besuch so gut gefallen, dass sie im Mai erneut nach Frankreich reisen: „Wir haben uns total gut mit unseren Austausch-Schülern verstanden und auch noch viel Kontakt mit ihnen über Facebook“, sagt Joanna.
Auch die französische Lehrerin Odile Rivoire-Vicat ist begeistert von dem Austauschprogramm. Sie begleitet das Projekt von Anfang an: „Es ist eine riesige Freude, erneut in Kettwig zu sein – deshalb komme ich auch immer wieder“, sagt Rivoire-Vicat.
Jedes Mal, wenn sie zu Besuch in Deutschland ist, wohnt sie bei Anne Fechter. Fechter war Vorsitzende der Schulpflegschaft am THG und hat 25 Mal französische Gäste bei sich aufgenommen. Nach all den Iahren ist sie zuversichtlich, dass es noch lange zu einem Austausch zwischen den zwei Schulen kommt: „Goldene Hochzeit feiern wir auch noch“.f