Students from Germany Visit Fountain Hills

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Visitors from Germany Participated in FH High School's Exchange from October 20 to November 4, 2023

Fountain Hills High School students, along with teachers Mr. Luke Salzman, Mr. Chris Peterson, and Ms. Olivia Long, recently hosted German exchange students from our sister city of Dierdorf, Germany. The program is organized by Fountain Hills Sister Cities members, led by FHSC President Christine Colley and Vice President Elizabeth Matej-Horchem. Three German teachers/chaperones helped in the exchange, as well. Mr. Jeurgen Keser, his son Felix Keser, and Mrs. Julia Ruso led their students throughout their visit.

What They Experienced While Here...

The German students and teachers, alongside their Fountain Hills counterparts, explored our beautiful state with visits to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Tonto Natural Bridge. In addition to participating in local activities and the overnight excursion to the north, students also toured Arizona State University and attended a football homecoming game and tailgate party. This was a key experience, since part of their assignment while here was to build a report comparing and contrasting American versus German sports. Students also got a chance to participate in citizen diplomacy, another key component of the Sister Cities program, with a personal tour of our state capitol building hosted by Arizona State Senator Mr. John Kavanagh, who guided the tour and provided an insight into our American political system.

See more photos of the Fall 2023 Germany Student Exchange here in Fountain Hills at the bottom of the Student Exchange web page in the Gallery Section

Special Thanks...

A special thank you goes out to FHUSD Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski, director of transportation John Flynn, and all the parents and Fountain Hills Sister Cities volunteers who assisted in hosting our German guests. Your support was so much appreciated!

Looking Forward...

In the summer of 2024, our Fountain Hills students will travel to Dierdorf, Germany to experience the German way of life.

Here's How You Can Participate in Future Student Exchanges with our Sister Cities...

Learn how FHSC (and you!) can participate in future Fountain Hills High School Student Exchanges

Contact our FHSC Student Exchange Coordinator to find out how you can participate as a volunteer in future exchanges

View the Germany Exchange event flyer from Student Exchange sponsor, Fountain Hills High School 

Donate to our Student Exchange Fund so we can help our FH students w/travel & event costs for future exchanges


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