Flying up and down, under and over the entire world is a dream for many. Although, for few, it is certainly a dream come true. The German Exchange program has been an excellent program for students in Germany wishing to mix with American students. This year’s students of Jasper High School opened their arms to students from places including Germany, Spain, and even Denmark. There are different types of exchanges, some students staying for a quick two weeks, others for a semester, and even some for a full school year. Most
of the students that come to Jasper have already finished school. Current Jasper High School Junior, Nina Cauß, is just 16 years old and has completed her high school education Nina says she, “felt the need to travel and see everything,”. Other students, like Junior Fabian Warner, say it was the “push from parents” that brought him to the Land of the Free. Both Nina and Fabian are making the most of their visit in Jasper until the semester comes to a melancholic close in December. The German Exchange program is an amazing opportunity for people around the world to come together and bond over similar and different interests.
Other students, like Junior Jakob Leuther, had only stayed for two short weeks. The students who enjoyed the quick trip to Jasper left the building on Tuesday, October 2nd. The foreign students flew out of Louisville Airport and made their separate ways back home. “I don’t really like the food too much,” says Jakob, “but, I do really like the school. It’s a lot more fun compared to in Germany.” Although, Nina reveals that she “…, absolutely love the food. The portions are much larger, so I get to eat more.”
To give the exchange students a real experience, and also a taste of home, they engaged in activities like going to local festivals, enjoying time together in groups, as well as their host families introducing them to new things. The German exchange students even went to a popcorn fest to look at the intricate ways on how to make and bag popcorn.
Many of the Jasper students have bonded so closely with the Germans, that they often have a very difficult time saying goodbye. Junior, Judge Maverich, says
that he always gets too close to the students. Considering his mother is the Jasper High School German teacher, that is understandable. Judge gets the amazing opportunity to meet and spend significant amounts of time with all of the exchange students, and form essential bonds with the kids from across the pond. Judge gets the unique opportunity to spend one on one time with many of the teens. He and his mother were the host family for Jakob Leuther, who recently flew home.
The German Exchange program is an outstanding opportunity to engage with people who you normally would not be able to. The Germans are also able to share their experiences with Jasper students. Many of them, including Junior Moira Fray are fluent in multiple languages. Many of the students who travel to America have also visited multiple countries and share their interesting stories with students who have not.
The German Exchange has been an extremely beneficial program. Many students have been able to make new lifelong friends and memories. There is nothing more special to people around the world than to exchange their experiences with each other.