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Youth Exchange's 54th Year

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The 2017 German exchange was a huge success with 17 Germans and 18 English young people, ranging from just 9 years old to 23, enjoying 10 days of fun-filled activities which brought laughter, happiness and a few tears when it came to be saying 'goodbye'. The programme this year was jam-packed, from going to the seaside, to rock climbing and even scavenging around Aylesbury to try and complete the challenging list of photos needed. These included slow dancing with a stranger, a dramatic scene in a public place and dressing in the opposite gender's clothing. This also lead to one of the German boys getting four girl's phone numbers in McDonalds and was even invited to a party. However, he politely declined as he had an exchange house party to attend instead?
Every day brought a new adventure and a lot more laughs, even in Caldecott when two of the canoes capsized and we got completely drenched. I then realised that I had forgotten a towel, luckily someone kindly offered me theirs since they were completely dry – I wasn't jealous at all!
The coach journeys were also a highlight as we learnt that in Germany they have exactly three songs which are constantly played on repeat at full volume. Even the English knew all the words to "Schatzi schenk mir ein Foto " by the end of the exchange which only got slightly annoying! We ended on a high with the farewell concert where we saw a lot more of some of the boys than we wanted to in their Barbie girl dance and wrestling sketch as well as having a good laugh at the sketches prepared. A special thank you goes out to our incredible leaders Dawn and Viv who arranged such a great exchange and joined in with all the activities with a smile on their face. We were all very sad to see it come to an end and can't wait to head out to Germany next year and have just as much fun.
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