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The German exchange programme runs annually with our partner school, the Steinhagener Gynmasium, near Bielfeld. (www.steingy.de). This year two of our Year 13 students did work experience at the town hall whilst on the German exchange. Alex wrote a short account of the experience:
Having now been on the German exchange 3 times, I can safely say that this year gave me the opportunity to experience working life in Germany! What impressed me above all was the willingness of the mayor, Klaus Besser, and his staff, to facilitate our work experience placements. We gained a valuable insight into the huge range of jobs available at the town hall, such as translation into English, IT work - helping a local school install new software, helping set up the street market, whilst issuing parking tickets in Steinhagen!
I believe this placement not only helped me improve my spoken German, but it has also cemented valuable relationships with native speakers and developed skills we will be able to put to use in the future.