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Man muss gar nicht so weit fliegen, um wunderbare Erfahrungen zu sammeln. Unsere Returnees, die ein High School Jahr in Irland verbracht haben, sind von der grünen Insel und ihren zwei- und vierbeinigen Einwohnern auf jeden Fall begeistert!
Ich heiße Romy und komme eigentlich aus der Nähe von Nürnberg – aber nach den neun Monaten in Irland ist Galway ganz genauso mein Zuhause! Ich habe dort eine Schule besucht und bei einer Gastfamilie gewohnt. Schon nach ein paar Tagen habe ich mich wie ein Familienmitglied gefühlt und das hat bis zum letzten Tag angehalten. Ich war auf einer ganz normalen Schule und habe dort auch schnell Freunde gefunden, mit denen ich auch jetzt immer noch in gutem Kontakt stehe – ich werde in den Herbstferien vermutlich wieder nach Irland fliegen, um alle Leute wieder zu sehen! Die neun Monate waren ohne Zweifel die schönsten meines Lebens und ich würde jederzeit wieder in den Flieger steigen, um noch einmal dort zu leben. Nicht einmal der viele Regen konnte diese Erfahrung trüben, wobei man sich manchmal wirklich lieber zwei, drei Tage ohne den Niesel gewünscht hätte... Aber auch das Wetter gehört dazu und die Freundlichkeit und die Lebensfreude der Iren für neun Monate zu erleben ist es definitiv wert! Jedem, der ein Auslandsjahr machen möchte, kann ich nur empfehlen nach Irland zu gehen. Aber für egal welchen Anlass: niemals den Regenmantel vergessen!
I am Izzy and I spent 10 months in Waterford, Ireland. I went to a boarding school and after some days, I felt like a member of a big family. The school was so different to Germany but in a good way: everyone knew everyone as there were only 300 students and 30 teachers which made the relationships closer and more personal than in my old school. The music and sports facilities were gigantic: you could take music lessons for any instrument, join the chamber choir or the orchestra. We had a hockey team, a football team, a swimming pool and loads of sport competitions throughout the whole year. But it was not about being the best, it was “all about participation” my PE teacher used to say. All in all, I got to know the Irish as very open-minded, honest and friendly people. It literally was the best year of my life and I can only suggest you to do the same for the greatest experience you will ever make. I could tell you loads of stories but better go out there and collect your own ones :)
Hi, my name is Katharina and I spent four months in Wicklow. This is a little town near Dublin on the East coast of Ireland. I was very excited to see my new family. I liked them from the beginning. The first few weeks in Ireland were hard, because I didn‘t understand everything and didn‘t know anyone, but after two or three weeks I made friends at school and in Irish Dancing classes. I was also in a liturgical choir called „Village Voices“. Joining the Dancing classes and the choir made so many things easier. There I came in touch with the Irish people. I attended the Dominican College in Wicklow, which is a convent school only for girls where you have to wear a school uniform. Actually it wasn‘t as bad as I expected it to be. All the girls were really nice and also the uniform was ok. Ireland is an awesome country with very nice people.
I had a great experience there!!! I learnt a lot and made loads of new friends, so go and make the same great experience!
Hi my name is Frieda and I spent 10 months in Wicklow, Ireland. Wicklow is a small town south of Dublin on the East Coast. I was really nervous when I first arrived in Ireland but when I met my host family everything was alright. My host parents were as old as my grandparents in Germany but much more relaxed, as everyone in Ireland. I stayed first in a so-called double placement in my host family. My host brother was from Spain and we were a little shy at first but it changed with the time and as we knew each other a bit better. In the end my Spanish brother moved to another family. I had so much fun there and after some time, I made some really good friends. The lessons were not too hard and always fun. Because I was in 5th year, I could choose my subjects like in Germany. I was also able to decide if I want to do them in higher or ordinary level. The subjects I chose were Math, English, History, Music and Geography. I had to choose a language as well, so I chose German and helped other students, mainly with the genders of the nouns. The school started at 9 am and finished in the afternoon. After school, there was not enough time to meet friends, so we always met at the weekends. We went to town or to Dublin for sightseeing. After my year abroad, my host parents became my "Irish nan and granddad". I hope to see them again soon. I am still in contact with my friends and hopefully they will come over and visit me in Germany. All my German friends were so jealous, so do not be the person who is jealous but start your own adventure!