Sister Cities of Newport News is pleased to announce that Menchville High (Newport News) has partnered with Jahngymnasium (Greifswald) to conduct reciprocal exchange programs between the two high schools. "Virtual" exchanges between the schools started in the April 2013 with "Skype" calls back and forth between Germany and the U.S. But the exchange became real on Friday, April 11 when 30 students and 4 adults arrived in Virginia for a 7 day visit. Thanks to 29 local families, the German students got a first-hand taste of American life through one-on-one "Homestays". Saturday and Sunday we spent sightseeing and just hanging out with host families. During the week, they German students attended classes at Menchville, Warwick, Denbigh, and Peninsula Catholic High Schools, toured Jamestown & Yorktown, and enjoyed the local community. The delegation departed on Friday, April 18 for tours in D.C. and New Your. Come June, it is time for the exchange process to reverse as Newport News students travel to Greifswald under the direction of Menchville German Teacher Frau Christina Willett. As noted by Willett, “It is truly a foreign language teacher’s dream to witness a true representation of what cross cultural relationships between students can do to create global citizens.” More details are available by contacting SCNN’s Executive Director, Kate Helwig at 757.926.1348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Zahn Helwig
SCNN Executive Director
Kate has worked for Sister Cities since July 2001; you can view her profile on Linkedin