Germany Cultural Exchange
Partner Schools Since 1999
Die Anne-Frank Gesamtschule in Havixbeck -- Glen Lake High School in Maple City
Fall 2019 Hosting Information
Dates for the 2019 visit to Glen Lake have been approved! Students and teachers from the Anne Frank School will arrive on October 3, 2019 and depart for their visit to Chicago on October 14, 2019. For more information, please contact Mr. Morehead or Mrs. Richard.
Spring 2018 Visit to Havixbeck
Fifteen students in grades 9 through 12 traveled to Havixbeck, Germany, in March 2018 with Mrs. Richard and Mr. Morehead. Additional destinations included Müntser, Cologne, Mayen and Koblenz.
Glen Lake Community Schools became a sister school with Anne-Frank Gesamtschule in Havixbeck, Germany in the autumn of 1999. The purpose of this partnership is for students from both schools to better understand another culture by experiencing it firsthand. Through reflection on cultural difference, we also better understand our own culture.
Every second fall, a new echange cycle begins. Families at Glen Lake host students from the Anne Frank School around October and families at our partner school return the honor in the spring (usually before Spring Break). Travel to Germany is a privilege that is earned through hard work and dedication to academics at school.
This is an immersion exchange program, meaning that students stay in the homes of their hosts in both locations. Students eat, sleep and attend school 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.
Travel to Germany
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 English speaking guides. Students have visited local castles, the Cologne 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.
Itineraries and Information
Helpful Hints for Travel
2017-2018 Teacher Sponsors
Partner School Die Anne-Frank-Gesamtschule Havixbeck