Hosting German students

German students arrive at Newcastle Airport
German students arrive at Newcastle Airport

STUDENTS from a school in Germany are spending two weeks on a college exchange visit.

The group of 18 students from Bavaria are taking part in a long-established exchange programme with East Durham College, Peterlee, to gain work experience with local employers, visit the region’s leading attractions and get an experience of what the North-East has to offer.

The German school, called Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule, in Alötting, has been exchanging students with East Durham College for 21 years.

Sally Hudson, vice principal at the college, said “The exchange programme is a very important initiative to both institutions as it offers a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our students.”

As part of the trip students will be visiting Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience as well as other attractions such as The Sage music and arts centre, The Baltic centre for contemporary art, and the MetroCentre, as well as trips to Alnwick, Bamburgh and Seahouses.

The college and a number of employers are providing work placements to the students.

Those taking part include Seaward Electronics, Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee, and Dene House and Our Lady of the Rosary primary schools.

Students from East Durham College will be visiting Bavaria in March.