Three students from Waupaca are currently on an exchange in a foreign country, and will be returning in Summer, 2016
GRACE RESOP, DENMARK, 2015-16
From the blog of Grace Resop, November 10, 2015...
“Well I don’t really know what to talk about so I will just share some random things that stick out to me here in Denmark that are different than in the states…
Sometimes when shopping they will leave their sleeping baby in their baby carriage outside the shop while they are inside shopping (and their baby carriages are super cool and modern!)
Their cars are a lot smaller here, lots of Fiats and Volkswagons. I’ve only seen like 2 trucks in all my time here.
Lakrids is gross, it’s literally the worst thing I have ever eaten in my life (and they put it on everything!)
Lots and lots of biking, especially in Copenhagen
Din Fart means your speed, this causes me endless amounts of joy J
They don’t get their drivers license until they are 18, but they can drink at any age and buy alcohol when they are 16!
Birthday cake is really amazing here, it’s called Lagkage, literally the most amazing thing I have ever eaten in my entire life.
Lots of cafes everywhere, my coffee addiction has gotten like 1,000 times worse
They don’t really celebrate Halloween here, Tivoli gets decorated but that is about it.
They have this weird holiday in June that’s called Sankt Hans where they burn a fake witch that is made kind of how a scarecrow would be made.”
FRED LEHMAN, GERMANY, 2015-16
A note from Fred’s parents:
“Fred is having a great time visiting Germany. He went to the Rotary language camp that really helped his language. He has visited Cologne, Aachen with Rotary, and the Netherlands. He thought the outside of the Cologne Cathedral was beautiful but was saddened to see its plain interior which was not restored after its destruction in WWII. He visited the Netherlands with the Pfadfinder (Pathfinders) which is the German scout program. He is taking math, chemistry, physics, religion, philosophy, geography, social problems, English and German in school. He has taken up handball, which is similar to soccer with throwing instead of kicking and the popular sport in that region. This is new for him since he never participated in organized sports before. He is seeing the Syrian refugee crisis first hand with many refugees living in his school’s gymnasium. He has also witnessed protest for and against the refugees. He volunteered for two weeks in a kindergarten class by playing with the kids and practicing his German. He is helping his host mother with the fall chores, cleaning and putting things away. He has gone on many hiking trips and bike tours. He seldom communicates with his family so we know he is doing well.”
ZANE JOHNSON, COLUMBIA, 2015-16
From the blog of Zane Johnson, September 28, 2015...
“They say that all exchange students go through a series of emotions when on exchange and in the first three months, we should be hitting the depressive stage when it seems hopeless learning language and culture. I think I am just starting this phase. One issue that I have had is that it is really difficult to be an exchange student if you are were a perfectionist. For example, in the United States, I understood everything and learned how to be good at everything. I knew what was expected and I could fulfill those expectations. When you change cultures, everything changes. Being good at everything is impossible, especially when you do not know the language. Culture is much deeper than you can imagine. When you think of culture, you simply think of how people greet each other or what foods they eat, but there is so much more. For example, how far apart people stand and how they stand when they talk to each other or who walks through a tight space first are two examples of culture that I never expected to have issues with. It is difficult to change all my old cultural rules, but I hope to get used to it soon enough.”