Our exchange trip to Trutnov in the Czech Republic has been happening for 15 years. This involves students from the Czech Republic visiting for five days and staying with families from Litherland High. The following year students from Litherland High visit the Czech Republic for five days. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their experience of living in a different culture and helps students from the Czech Rep to develop their English language.
The exchange also has a sports element to it with students participating in climbing, abseiling, orienteering, football, basketball and possibly skiing (weather permitted). Students also take part in activities of an evening such as, ten pin bowling, visiting the cinema, along with a farewell disco.
The exchange is open to all year groups but attendance, behaviour and punctuality of students is taken into account before students are awarded a place on the exchange.
My experience at the Czech Republic
I went to Czech Republic two years ago, on an exchange that the school has been taking part in over 10 years. The exchange lasted 5 days, Monday until Friday. We stayed in students’ homes and they cared for us, fed us and took us out each night to experience the Czech vibes.
We did several activities such as rock climbing, had a chance to go shopping, went on a train, and visited a Czech zoo. Also, out of school hours, our partners took us to several places of their own choice such as: bowling, bob sliding and the nicest pizza restaurant ever!!
I was also very lucky to forge a strong friendship with my partner and I still talk to her to this day, as you get to know them a lot as you’re living in their home. I was made to feel right at home and very comfortable. The Czech food was quite different and strange, but my Czech mother was an excellent cook and urged me to try new foods, which I now enjoy and miss.
My favourite part of the whole trip, yet the saddest, was the leavers’ party we had in the school hall. I enjoyed it because we were all together for one last time and said our goodbyes. It was really emotional, however we danced a lot and I enjoyed it so much.
I had an amazing time and I am very lucky to experience it again this September, I would recommend any student who has the chance to grab this opportunity and visit Czech as it is one of a kind and an unbelievable experience.
CHARLIE NEARY 10KB