German students travelled to the Fylde coast for a week of work experience as part of an international school project.
Seven students from Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College’ partner school, Realschule Broich in Mülheim an der Ruhr, took part in a pilot project which involved spending two days in school and one week on work placement.
The students spent 12 days in Lytham and St Annes as they gained experience working in local businesses such as The Dalmeny Hotel, Jack’s Bistro, Noblett Surveyors, Lytham Primary and Hall Park Primary, as well as catering in house in the school.
German student Jonathan Giese said: “It was a really fun experience working in the primary school.
“I played lots of sport and helped them with their computer lessons. All the children kept asking me ‘say something in German’”
The idea behind the exchange was to use the community and school to provide an opportunity for the exchange students to experience UK culture and work life.
Accommodation was provided by host families from the school.
Tristan Strahler added: “I was working in the kitchen at the hotel and I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about working with food. I was given a uniform to wear so I felt like one of the staff.”
The aim of the exchange is to return the favour by offering next year’s GCSE German students, or those who have studied German up until year 9, the opportunity to go to Germany and take part in a similar work placement project next academic year.
Sandra Underwood, school link coordinator said: “This project is the first of its kind at the high school and it was a great success.
“Students from our school hosted some of the students and the students from Germany were able to practise their English and us our German.
“Spending two days in school also benefited the students as they followed some of our students and their timetable.
“Providing our students with these types of international exchanges is a great way for them to learn about other cultures and become more global in their way of thinking.”