Students made welcome

East Durham College German exchange students at York Minster
East Durham College German exchange students at York Minster

A GROUP of German students sampled local life on an exchange visit with a college.

The visitors from a school in Bavaria experienced work placements around Peterlee and a tip to see a traditional English panto.

The group of teenagers visited the area as part of an exchange with East Durham College to improve their English. The annual visits have been running with the college for 22 years.

As well as brushing up on their language skills, the students get the chance to do work experience as part of their studies in social care, engineering and business administration.

A range of Peterlee-based employers support the scheme by providing work placements including local primary schools, The Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee and Metromail.

They also got to take part in bell ringing at Durham Cathedral and watched a local production of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring performing arts and music students at East Durham College.

Helen Mair, of the Durham Education Group, said: “The students will have the opportunity to improve their English language skills as well as gaining valuable knowledge of business practices.

“East Durham College has long-standing relationships with all of the work placement providers who help to ensure the success of the students’ experiences for which we are very grateful.”