Schönen guten Tag von Berlin!
Our students have already been living as Berliners for three days now! It's hard to believe that our hectic journey to Berlin was only a few days ago. On Saturday, June 10, 34 students from all over the U.S. traveled to Germany to immerse themselves in the German culture and language for 4 weeks. The first two days of Berlin life was long and tiring for our students. They were filled with orientation presentations about city life in Berlin and ice-breakers to get to know each other.
Here is a picture of the biggest group traveling to Berlin from JFK. The students were very chipper about their 8 hour flight to Europe. A special shout-out to all of the parents, guardians, friends and families that got the students safely to JFK. Erin and Aaron took over at JFK! Also, we flew Delta, if there was any question ;)
After gathering students at Berlin's Tegel Airport, it was time to make our way to CIEE Berlin's G-27 complex in Berlin's Kreuzberg District. This picture shows students arriving at CIEE Berlin's G-27.
After a night spent together bonding at Berlin's Metropol youth hostel, the students were ready to meet their host families on Monday evening. Here's a picture of the students anxiously waiting to be picked up.
It was right away that students began taking part in the fun activities and field trips that CIEE Berlin had planned for them. Here is a picture of a city bus tour of Berlin that students went on. Places visited included the Reichstag, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and The Eastside Gallery. This is a picture of our tour guide explaining escape stories of East Berliners during the DDR ages across the Spree River.
With such busy days, the CIEE staff took a day yesterday to give the students a little more city orientation. Trudi, the CIEE Berlin Program Coordinator, is pictured here facilitating a discussion among the students about where they live in Berlin and where they live in the United States.
There was one other map that was needed to show students' homes, and that was the map of Europe. William is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, but lives in Milan. He's pictured here with Trudi discussing some differences between Northern and Southern Italians.
After only a few days, students can feel their German improving and we've heard many stories of success navigating the challenging Berlin public transport. Here's a map of the subway system (U-Bahn) EEK!
The students' journey in Berlin continues today with a workshop on "Identity." Tune in for more updates on your students' success in Berlin!
Aaron, Program Leader