Here is a review from Chloe Roberts (Year 10) about the visit of the German partners:
On the 30th of June 2014, I, along with a few other girls in my year, took part in a German Exchange. From looking at our profiles and those of the girls from Germany, the teachers were able to pair us up. We contacted our exchange partners a few months before the exchange took place.
On Monday, we went to Birmingham City Centre and on Tuesday, all of the girls came to school with us to see how our lessons worked and to basically experience a day in a British school. At first, I thought that they might find this boring but my exchange partner, Nancy, seemed to enjoy being in my lessons! After school, we arranged to meet up with some of the other girls that took part in the exchange at the Bowling Alley. It was a lot of fun! On the third day, we spent two hours in school and then we left to go to Cadbury World. I had never been before so I was excited and I think the other girls were too. After Cadbury World, we brought lots of souvenirs from the shop and then we left to go home. All of us met up at Victoria Park afterwards. This gave us all the chance to feel comfortable in the large group and I had the chance to talk to some of the exchange girls that I hadn’t spoken to yet. On the last day, we went to London. We were extremely excited about this trip! We visited Big Ben, saw the change of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, shopped in Primark and lots of other stuff too.
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. At first, I was slightly worried about having a stranger staying in my house because I’d never taken part in anything like that before so I didn’t really know what to expect. However, once I started talking to my exchange partner, Nancy, on Whatsapp and Facebook, it became easier and I got more excited. I think that the experience leading up to the exchange was slightly scary because the closer it go to the day that they would come, the more nervous everyone in our class got. Once they arrived, however, I think we all realised that it was more exciting than scary.
I would definitely recommend any kind of exchange programme to any person who wants to improve their language skills or just to make new friends. I realise that the concept may make people nervous because it isn’t everyday that you have a complete stranger in your house. The only thing I would say is that if you put in the effort before they come, it will make it a lot easier when they are actually there.