German students visit Dorchester County

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12 German students (standing) were welcomed here recently at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School as they begin their two week exchange program. Seated are the local students who are members of the German Partnership.

CAMBRIDGE — A group of 12 exchange students from Kreuzau (Kreis Dueren), Germany, have recently been welcomed to Dorchester County soil with an informal reception at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. This is the 9th year students have come from Gymnasium Kreuzau as a mutual exchange between them and the high schools in Dorchester County. In return, county students have visited Germany seven times.

The students visit for two weeks, staying with local host families. While the students are here they go to school with the American students and attend field trips scheduled for them. Those field trips are to Washington DC, Annapolis and Baltimore.  The committee also has spent time taking them around Dorchester County. This year the committee is using one day to take them on a tour of Dorchester, which will include the Fire Department Harriet Tubman Museum, the Lighthouse, Visitor Center and Blackwater Refuge.

The host parents they stay with will take them to other places in the county as well as one of the local beaches (OC, Assateague or Rehobeth). One host family, the Flaggs family in East New Market, are taking their two German students on a riverboat tour of the local waterways out of Suicide Bridge Restaurant.

Shopping is also on the itinerary. The visitors enjoy going to one of the local outlets (OC, Queenstown or Rehobeth), as name brand items are much less expensive here than they are in Germany. While in America, they also spend 4-5 days in New York City. This year, they did so prior to coming to Cambridge.
The German Partnership Committee and local families have enjoyed the cultural educational exchanges that have taken place between the two counties. If you come across the students in your travels in Dorchester County, be sure to say guten tag!

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