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Germany Cultural Exchange

Partner Schools Since 1999

Die Anne-Frank Gesamtschule in Havixbeck -- Glen Lake High School in Maple City


Spring 2018 Update

Fifteen students in grades 9 through 12 have committed to travel to Havixbeck in March 2018 with Mrs. Richard and Mr. Morehead. Additional destinations include Münser, Cologne, Mayen and Koblenz.

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Program Overview

Glen Lake Community Schools became a sister school with Anne-Frank Gesamtschule in Havixbeck, Germany in the fall of 1999. The purpose of this partnership is for students at both schools to better understand another culture by experiencing it firsthand. Through exposure to cultural difference, we also better understand our own culture.


Every second fall, students at Glen Lake host students from the Anne Frank school (late September or early October) and our partner school returns the honor in the spring (usually before Spring Break). Travel to Germany is primarily for Juniors and Seniors, although Glen Lake underclassmen are encouraged to host a German student and may also be considered for travel if space is available.


Glen Lake Students at the Cologne Cathedral 2016


This is an immersion exchange program, meaning that students stay in the homes of their hosts. Our students eat, sleep and live within the other culture. Students gain an insider's view of the culture, with insights unavailable in any packaged tour or vacation. Many cross-cultural relationships become lifelong and numerous Glen Lake students have re-visited their friends in Germany over the years. Often, this experience stimulates the “travel bug” and opens the door for students to study abroad in college, even leading to international career paths.


WasserschloßHavixbeck vom Oben


While in Germany, Glen Lake students attend school with their hosts. It is an additional benefit that many of our students have had the opportunity to take German language courses at Glen Lake. Most people in Germany have some experience with English, so it is not mandatory to know German before traveling. Host families are encouraged to learn about German culture before participating.


Exchange participants also spend time visiting well-known sights in Germany with an English speaking guide. Many of these trips will be with their German hosts. Students have visited local castles, the Cathedral and Roman ruins in Cologne, the Museum of Roman History, a chocolate factory as well as many historical sites in Berlin, Bremerhaven, Munich and Hamburg. The itinerary is created each time by our German hosts with input from successful past exchanges and the Glen Lake chaperones.


Kölner Dom


Itineraries and Information

Weather in Havixbeck

2014 Itinerary for German Exchange Program

2014 Information

Helpful Hints

Trip Forms

Rules of Conduct

Power of Attorney

Medical Release

Helpful Hints for Travel

TSA guidelines

2017-2018 Teacher Sponsors

Mrs. Karen Richard

Mr. Christopher Morehead

Exploring Germany

The City of Munster

Partner School Die Anne-Frank-Gesamtschule Havixbeck



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