The German foreign exchange students left South Monday morning, Oct. 3. There were 15 students from Annweiler, Germany that stayed with South families and got to experience the way people in the U.S live.
According to Alicia Walker, social studies, four or five ago, teachers from Trifels Gymansiam contacted South about being in a foreign exchange program with their school. Since then, every year, students come to South for two weeks or a whole year.
Samantha Boling, junior, had a two week exchange student. His name was Moritz Lippok.
“I wish he could stay longer than two weeks,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of fun getting to know each other and he’s like a brother to me. It’s been a great experience.”
The Germans enjoyed making new friends and learning fun dance moves in their classes. Having the exchange students at South is a learning experience for students to see what other cultures are like outside of the U.S borders.
“Even though at times it was hard for him to always understand me, we learned to make it work with hand motions. He even taught me how to play card games,” Boling said.
There are more than just German exchange students at South. Bella is from Finland and is staying for a year with Jennifer Welch, freshman.
Welch said, “She’s always wanted to know what it’s like to have a sister.”
Danny Dorrer is from Germany but he is not in an exchange program. He is living with a family and he said he is not sure how long he’s staying at South. He said he likes not being part of an exchange program because it doesn’t make him special and he is like every other kid.
“It was fun meeting the other Germans at our Cross Country pasta party. We had a lot in common and we had fun,” Dorrer said.
Walker said the students in Germany have to fill out an application to get chosen to come to America, but if students want a foreign exchange student next year, they can contact Meredith Williams, foreign language, to fill one out.