Bavaria invades the East Coast
Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
7Trip End Jul 19, 2012
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What I did
Although all of us were meeting face-to-face for the first time, thanks to the magic of social media and skype, it seemed like we knew each other already. Certainly I felt that way about my partner teachers coming from Bavaria. Being the Facebook stalkers that we both are, we had learned much about the other already. Our facebook group page had also provided the students with a chance to get to know something about each other before their first face-to-face meeting, and kept all of us in touch before the visit, during the visit, and since the visit.
The visit from our Bavarian friends was a smashing success
We had beautiful weather, and Brooke Point enjoyed having the visitors from Bavaria. They came equipped with plenty of presentations, instruments, and a host of questions about the American Way of Life. Students played instruments with Jazz Band, participated in discussion forums with our Theory of Knowledge and IB Anthropology Class, dazzled the French and Latin teacher with their foreign language skills, and were welcome guests and participants in every classroom. This group of young people were friendly, warm and uncomplicated, and friendships were formed very quickly. The students became much more than just short-term visitors; they became good friends who shared a wonderful 3 weeks together. More importantly, I can safely say that everyone who came to visit left with a positive image of Stafford and the United States. Thus, we did our part to help the inhabitants of the global village learn more about each other.
When it was time for us to say good-bye, tears flowed and sad faces prevailed. But do not worry!! As I am writing this, I realize it will be in 5 short days that we will embark on our return visit. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that I cannot wait.