Germany Exchange

Exchange Trip Basics:

– 15 Day trip to Germany during March Break of 2020 (Last trip was March 2018)

– Hosted by German family in Ingolstadt, home of Audi, about half way between Munich and Nurnberg

– The German school will come to Vancouver May of same year and be hosted by participating students.

– Participants should host their exchange partner, but if this is not possible, we will try to find an alternate host.

– See below for hosting information

– Trip cost will be around $3200, including all transport, Breakfasts and Dinners.

– Students will buy own lunches, and should count on about $150 in spending money

– We will be travelling with public transportation as much as possible.

– Size of the group will be a maximum of 20 students.

– Chaperones will be Mr.Mehl plus a female staff member (TBD) from Kits

Activities will include:

– 4 Days in Berlin
– 2+ Days in Nuernberg
– 2-3 days at partner school
– Various sites in and around Ingolstadt, including Audi factory tour.
– Overnight trip to Munich.
– Emphasis of the trip will be on History and Culture.

– Activities coordinated by the school with German students in Canada in May (Weekends)

Notes:

  • Focus of the trip will be fine-tuned to match the interests of participants.
  • Knowledge of German in NOT a requirement.
  • This will be the third time we are doing this trip with our exchange partner, and the last exchange in 2018 was a great success. Mr.Mehl has been taking students to Japan for 10+ years and has extensive experience organizing such trips, plus his first language is German and his Hometown is Nürnberg, so he is very familiar with this destination.
  • We will hold Parent Information Sessions in the spring and mid-September, with initial deposits of $400 holding spaces. Other payments will start October 1st.

Hosting:

  • You should be able to host a student in May, and if you are able to host a Japanese student in March, you can earn credit towards the cost of the trip
HOSTING INFO

GERMANY EXCHANGE – Hosting Information

The Basics:

– Participants SHOULD host their exchange partners

– German Partners come May of same year as the trip to Germany.

– Japanese Partners come in alternate years (the year before or after the trip to Japan) which is also the year the Trip to Germany happens.

– If hosting is not possible, we will try to find an alternate host.

– As the person NOT hosting, you will have to financially compensate the family hosting your exchange partner.

– To secure that students host on our end we take a ‘hosting deposit’ which is returned after the guest has been hosted.

Interested in Hosting?

– If you host a German or Japanese student, you can earn credit towards the cost of the next exchange trip

– If you are going on one trip, you could also host for the other trip, you can also earn the extra credit.

– If you are NOT participating in a trip, the school will pay you a hosting fee.

– The amount of credit or payment depends on the length of our guests’ stay, and what is expected of you, the host.

– There is no guarantee that we will need additional hosts in any year. It all depends on the number of participants and how many people can or cannot host.

Hosting Details

– Guests should have their own bedroom (You might have to sleep on the couch).

– Meals should be provided as per the schedule. Count on providing daily Breakfast, and most Lunches and Dinners.

– Students should be taken to school by their host partner, until they are comfortable with transit.

– On one weekend, host families should plan an activity with the student they are hosting. (Most likely May long weekend)

3 Month Exchange

3 MONTH INFO

– We also have an annual three month exchange with Reuchlin High School in Germany

– Kits students start the school year in Germany (mid September) and return to Kits in time for second term

– German students come to Kits April to June for about the same length of time.

– Interested? Take a look at the info sheet LongExchange.pdf

  • Complete the Online application Application (on-line)
  • Submit the following to Mr. Mehl:
    • A photo of YOU
    • A photo of your FAMILY
    • A copy of your passport and Care Card

SIGN-UP & Schedules: (Opens Feb 1st)

Sample Itineray: 2018Schedule.pdf

To sign up, complete the questionnaire at: surveymonkey.com/r/exchangesignup

You can sign up without paying a deposit, but to secure your space, drop off a $400 deposit with Mr. Mehl.

For Your Reference:

German Activity Choices [Scoop.it site]

Vancouver Activity Choices [Scoop.it site] Send me links if you have more ideas

Blog created by Reuchlin during our first trip: [ Reuchlin Blog ]

We also have a Japan Exchange Program!

See the Menu Tab

Questions?

Come and see me in Room 149 any morning or at lunch if you have questions.
You can also e-mail me at rmehl@vsb.bc.ca