Students' intercultural understanding enhanced during exchange trip

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Students from Mount Shasta and Weed high schools are shown with German students, chaperones and German teachers during a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on June 29, 2017. The visit was part of a three-week trip taken by members of Siskiyou Union High School District's German American Exchange Program. Submitted photo

Students from Mount Shasta and Weed high schools have safely returned following a three-week German American exchange trip.

During the first eight days of the trip in Southern Germany and Salzburg, Austria, students toured the Renaissance architecture of the Heidelberg Castle, the University City of Freiburg in southwest Germany’s Black Forest, the Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, the medieval and baroque buildings of Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, and Bavaria’s capital city, Munich.

“The group enhanced their intercultural understanding by staying in youth Hostels every night of the tour,” according to Stacey Shoemaker, coordinator for Siskiyou Union High School District’s German American Exchange Program.

The students then spent two weeks living with host families and attending school in the Stuttgart Region at the Gymnasium Friedrich II. Lorch.

Shoemaker reported that they learned more German culture and language during their home stays, attended German language classes with German teachers, and went on field trips to Schwäbisch Gmünd, the Franconia region of Bavaria, to the capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state, and to the district of Ostalbkreis and the city of Ellwangen.

She wrote that the “Siskiyou Union High School District’s German American Exchange Program would not be possible without the support of the District, the parents, the German American Partnership Program, and the many Mt. Shasta and Weed community members who provided fundraising opportunities for the students.”