By Mitva Jaiswal from Vadodara, Hosted in Germany

 “I had the best time of my life in Germany. It has shaped part of my character and changed my view on life. My exchange has been an incredible experience for me. I have gained a lot of knowledge about Germany, Latvia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic and where I was.  The first is new lifelong friendships with my friends and family. Luckily now I can totally understand German. Even in my German course, they gave me extension to do next level. When I speak German I feel so amazed that initially I only knew my mother tongue and our national language, but now when I am 16, I have started to learn another language which I can now  speak  fluently. This makes me proud! I have done a lot of hiking, picnics, cycling and adventure with my family. I also attended prom party for the first time.  I could also attend a German wedding; it was so pretty. 

Outing with host family

We went on an architecture excursion too with a school class in Switzerland. I would truly recommend the year program as one really needs a year away to get to a good level of German. Also with one year away you are able to form strong relationships with your family and friends. Overall, this experience has taught me to be grateful and independent. Now just 44 days to go back to India with a brand new frame of mind. Thank you so much everyone who made it possible”