The Hodgson Academy German Exchange May 2019

On Wednesday 15th May 2019, 17 students from Hodgson Academy embarked on an exciting adventure to a village called Bad Bederkesa in Northern Germany, as part of the first German Exchange Visit in many years.

After having communicated with their pen-pals for several months prior to the visit, the GCSE students were overjoyed to finally meet their new German friends. Whilst the concept of the Exchange Visit was initially daunting, the students soon felt at ease as they were warmly welcomed at the train station.

Hodgson students adapted to German life very quickly, as they attended the NIG school (Niedersächsisches Internatsgymnasium Bad Bederkesa), shadowing their partner, as well as living with their host family and experiencing typical day-to-day life.

Students participated in a village treasure hunt, a dragon boat race, a traditional German barbecue, celebrated Eurovision and attended a music festival hosted by the school. In addition, students and their host families visited Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven and other local places of interest.

Not only did students have the opportunity to utilise their language skills but also they were able to experience the German culture.

This first visit was a monumental success for Hodgson Academy, as the students not only interacted with ‘real’ German people but made new friends. Both staff and students eagerly await the return visit in September this year, when the German students and teachers will be warmly welcomed to the Fylde Coast.

Katie Thwaites
Teacher of MFL
Gemma Wales
Teacher of MFL