It was a rich learning experience for the visitors from Germany and the hosts.
Two groups of German students and teachers are learning “namma” culture under the Indo-German Youth Exchange Programme in which the east truly meets the west. Delhi Public School (Bangalore North) is hosting a group of students from Nikolaus Kopernikus Gymnasium, Weissenhorn, Germany for 20 days. Another group of 15 students and two teachers from Andreas-Schneider Schule, Heilbronn, enjoyed Indian hospitality at the National Public School (NPS), Koramangala, for two weeks.
As part of the programme, the NPS students took the students around the city and visited some heritage sites. The German students also enjoyed a four-day outstation trip.
The highlight of the programme was the home-stay arrangement. The visitors were welcomed with open arms into the homes of staff and students of NPS. The various events arranged for the students included demonstration of the various dance forms of Karnataka, experiencing the classes, some sports and an art workshop.
The two-week programme concluded with high tea on the penultimate day attended by all the home-stay hosts, their German guests and the school buddies. This was followed by a joint community service programme on the last day organised by the Rotary Club.
It was with genuine interest, that the German guests reacted to the different sights and sounds and,the tastes and flavours of India.
At DPS too, during their stay, the German students are attending regular classes on weekdays and their weekends are packed with trips that will enable them to experience the vibrant city life. The programme will give optimal opportunity to the young students to work on intercultural learning through photo-stories, which revolve around family, friends, and school.