Germany Cultural Exchange
Partner Schools since 1999
Partnerschulen seit 1999
Anne-Frank Gesamtschule, Havixbeck -- Glen Lake High School, Maple City
Fall 2019 Hosting Update
2019-2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the student exchange between Glen Lake and the Anne Frank School! This milestone is something we will celebrate at each school as we look back at the history of the exchange and some of its outcomes.
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. Twenty students and two teachers will arrive at Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport on Thursday, October 3rd and take a school bus to Glen Lake, where they will be introduced to their host families.
The heart of the exchange is the placement of students with host families. We are enormously grateful to the Laker families who are hosting one or two students from our partner school. We have found that students are generally flexible with their expectations for having their own room or sharing, distance to the school, and family life. They are here to experience life in a Northern Michigan family and at our school.
The first day of school for exchange students will be on Friday, October 4th.
Fall 2020 Travel Information
Up to twenty Glen Lake High School students are invited to travel to Havixbeck in Spring 2020. The exchange generally occurs just before Spring Break. We will stay with host families and experience life in and around Havixbeck and at the Anne Frank School. Some local outings are planned with our hosts and their teachers, and we always visit another city or region at the end of the exchange before flying home.
First preference for travel openings is reserved for students who hosted in the fall and upperclassmen, though we often have room for everyone who wishes to travel.
A Look Back: 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 the cities of 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
Partner School Die Anne-Frank-Gesamtschule Havixbeck
2019 Westfälische Nachrichten Article about the 20th Anniversary exchange visit