Austauschstudenten reisen zurück nach Deutschland (Exchange students travel back to Germany)

18 German exchange students traveled to the US for 12 days. Their hosts talk about what it was like to share their everyday life and culture with a foreign student.

Sophomore Katy Williams; Interviewed by Michal MacMorran & Stephanie Mason

Q: What was your German student’s name?
A: Nicoletta and Elisa
Q: What are some of the activities that you did with them?
A: They got to ride horses, carve pumpkins, go to an IU volleyball game, explore downtown/campus, and visit Indy.
Q: What kind of foods did you serve them?
A: Lots of traditional American food like mac n cheese, lasagna, chili, and fast food.
Q: Have you ever hosted an exchange student before?
A: No
Q: Will you host again?
A: Definitely! You learn so much about not only their culture, but your own as well! It was so awesome having them with us.

Junior Nancy Porter; Interviewed by Michal MacMorran & Stephanie Mason

Q: What was your German student’s name?
A: Lena Berding
Q: What are some of the activities that you did with them?
A: She went to band competitions, Cascades Park, and the zoo with us.
Q: What kind of foods did you serve them?
A: She really loved Chinese food, so we did that a few times. Also, we introduced her to her first Taco Bell experience! Other than that, we made a lot of German dishes, and normal American food like lasagna.
Q: Have you ever hosted an exchange student before?
A: No, but my sister has hosted before.
Q: Will you host again?
A: Absolutely! You learn so many valuable social skills through living with foreign exchange students.

Junior Dedra Bennett; Interviewed by Antony Walters & Deserai Lucas

Q: What was your German student’s name?
A: Julia Weltring
Q: How do you pronounce your exchange student’s name?
A: You pronounce it Yulia.
Q: What activities did you do with your exchange student?
A: We went to the movies and we also went shopping. Julia loves shopping. We went on walks and she found American TV funny.
Q: What did Julia eat differently here that she wouldn’t eat in Germany?
A: She doesn’t like corn because in Germany it’s animal food. She likes cottage cheese and she also likes The Village Inn.
Q: What does Germany do that we don’t do?
A: Most Germans don’t like to butter their popcorn.
Q: Would you host an exchange student again if you could?
A: Yes because it was fun.

Senior Willy Montgomery; Interviewed Antony Walters & Deserai Lucas

Q: What is your German exchange student’s name?
A: Jurek Weigel.
Q: What activities do you do with Jurek?
A: I took him to play lazar tag, which he enjoyed. We also played soccer and rode four wheelers. But he thought it was like riding a bike and he ended up running over his own leg with his four wheeler.
Q: What did Jurek eat while he was here?
A: He ate everything we ate.
Q: Did Jurek see any difference between Germany and America?
A: He thought the pronunciation of some words were different.
Q: Have you ever hosted a student before? Would you ever do it again?
A: No, I haven’t done it before. But I would do it again, even though I took Spanish and not German.

Senior Ben Meaden; Interviewed by Antony Walters & Deserai Lucas

Q: What is your German exchange student’s name?
A: Mauren Weishaupt.
Q: What activities did you do with Mauren?
A: I took her to a bonfire and to the Children’s Museum, and she got to go to band practices with me.
Q: What did Mauren eat while she was here?
A: She did not eat any fast food.
Q: Did Mauren see any difference between Germany and America?
A: She thought the schools were different.
Q: Have you ever hosted a student before? Would you do it again?
A: I have not hosted a student before, but I would do it again because it’s something new.

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