Ten German students traveled to Germany with Frau Law this past summer. While in Germany, students attended 10 days of classes at Quincy Notre Dame’s German partner school, Widukind Gymnasium Enger. Students visited the cities of Hameln (the home of the Pied Piper), and toured the private castle of Hämelschburg (a stop on a major pilgrimage route in the middle ages). Students visited Potsdam Palace, Sanssoucci, and Cecilienhof as well as the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate during a tour of the Berlin area. One night in Berlin, students ventured out to the Fanmeile (mile of fans), viewing a soccer match in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
The German trip was rounded out with a trip to the cathedral at Cologne that houses the reliquary of the three wise men as well as nails from the cross. The final night was spent with friends and host families watching the German vs. USA soccer match in a historic stone windmill with a German-style carry-in.
The Quincy Sister Cities commission sponsors the Quincy Notre Dame German Exchange Program. The US State Department and the German Office of Foreign Affairs fund this exchange program, known as the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP). To participate in the exchange, students must research a topic from their country, create a project and share it with students from the other country. All projects are put on file with the US State Department. This year’s topic was grocery stores and the differences.