Friendswood High School received 13 new students Feb. 11 but it’s only temporary. They are visitors from Germany in the United States to learn more about life here.
Through the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP) a group of 13 German students (8 girls and 5 boys), and their 2 English teachers from the Marie-Curie Gymnasium in Dallgow-Döberitz, will be attending FHS for 10 days. They are in a variety of grade levels, ranging from 9th grade to 11th grade and have had English starting in 5th grade.
The students will be staying with host-families during this time. The goal is for each of them to have a typical American High School experience, so they will be attending their host-students’ classes and (hopefully) extra-curricular activities.
In addition to attending classes, the students have prepared a number of presentations they would like to give to a handful of classes. Each presentation is between 15-20 minutes long.
“It is a great experience for all of our students to meet a student from another country and learn about cultural differences. And, of course, it is a great experience for the German students presenting,” German teacher and iCoach Myriam Bussmann said.
Presentation topics include German holidays, Berlin and its sights, Berlin Fashion Week, German School system, Everything that is German and German traditions.
“Since this program is a bilateral exchange, most of our host students will also be traveling to Germany at the end of the school year for three weeks. They will have a similar experience, attending school for 10 days and visiting many sights,” Bussman said.