This year we flew to Germany on Saturday 16th July, and returned on Wednesday 20th in time for the last day of the school year!
The flight lasted just under two hours, flying from Newcastle to Hannover, followed by a 1 hour bus journey from Hannover to Bielefeld, the nearest city to Steinhagen.
We stayed in Steinhagen for 4 nights and 5 days with our host families, who had already been to Hexham in March.
The activities undertaken whilst in Germany usually mirror those that are arranged for the German students when they visit Hexham and include a day in school as well as cultural excursions. This year we were fortunate enough to have whole day in Berlin, including a tour of the key landmarks and a meeting a member of the German parliament.
It is also common for the German students to organise activities and entertainment for the whole group in the evenings and in the past these have included swimming, barbeques, going to the cinema and bowling.