In a year that is been difficult for travel, overseas exchange student Nina Steiner, 17, created the trip of a lifetime that could improve her lifestyle for good.
Steiner, who attends university at Bertha-von-Suttner Gesamtschule in Germany, spent the spring semester at Grovetown Significant School.
During her time in the U.S., Steiner experienced the opportunity to take a look at the Augusta place and attend the Columbia County Truthful with her new most effective close friend, Sam Lewis, who also attends Grovetown. The pair also took a journey to Tennessee.
Steiner has been trying American meals and eating places including two of her new favorites – Sour Patch Young ones and Taco Bell.
“We will not have those people in Germany,” she explained with a chuckle.
She also reported faculty construction is diverse from her school in Germany in which pupils just take 12 lessons per calendar year as an alternative of seven, despite the fact that the routine alternates through the 7 days so she does not show up at 12 courses in one working day. Every course is 67½ minutes extended and college students do not have the option of electives. German educational facilities, she said, also do not have sports activities but college students do participate in in club sporting activities very similar to a parks and recreation league. Although attending Grovetown, Steiner performed on the soccer staff.
Those people experiences mirror the aim of the method, which is to give college students the opportunity to discover American life and its substantial faculty working experience, according to Associate Superintendent Penny Jackson.
“It can be just really superior for the pupils and the schools to have that partnership,” she said.
Generally, foreign exchange college students show up at the complete school 12 months, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steiner and other trade students were not capable to show up at Columbia County colleges until eventually the spring semester.
This 12 months, only a few pupils attended partially owing to COVID, in accordance to Jackson. Last year, the district hosted 12 and the previous 12 months, 16.
So considerably, there are fewer than 5 purposes for up coming calendar year, but that selection is envisioned to maximize in the next thirty day period. The district has house for 30 college students – 6 per substantial faculty – but frequently does not achieve that variety for a wide range of explanations including the deficiency of host households ready to settle for a pupil for the full school year. Jackson said she is unaware of any Columbia County pupils who are researching abroad.
Learners and host households across the earth utilize to participate in foreign exchange programs through businesses these kinds of as Ayusa, which is what Steiner made use of.
Aisha Manus and her family served as the host residence for Steiner despite the fact that this is not the very first overseas trade pupil they have welcomed. Their company have incorporated pupils from South Korea, Nigeria and France, and they are setting up to host a college student from Chile following college yr. Other people to the district have included inhabitants of Spain, Italy and Ukraine.
“It really is like receiving a new household member,” Manus stated. “You have nothing at all to lose if you do it.”
Jackson claimed the university district sees people host yr just after yr and quite a few teachers also open up their residences to pupils.
As for Steiner, this would have been her very last 12 months of superior school, but she will have to repeat her senior year when she returns to Germany in order to earn all the credits she requires to graduate. When she does, she programs to return to the U.S. to perform in real estate.