Homes needed to host German teenagers visiting Weston on youth exchange

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 January 2017

Students from the Hildesheim youth with JPS and FAWN.

Students from the Hildesheim youth with JPS and FAWN.

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Families are needed to host a group of young people from Germany to help to maintain a town youth exchange which has been running since 2003.

Around 60 teenagers from Hildesheim, Weston-super-Mare’s twin town, are hoping to visit the South West for 10-12 days in April, but there are currently only host families for half of them.

Youth exchange co-ordinator Debbie Stone said: “We would really love to bring 60 young people over, but we don’t know if it will be possible because the number of host families is so short.

“When they are here, they go on different trips and the host families can ask to go along as well, subject to space.”

Host families will receive some money to go towards food, or payment towards their own child to go to Germany in October.

Weston’s youngsters have not been to Hildesheim in five years because not enough people have taken up the opportunity to go as schools do not teach the German language now.

Those aged 12-17 can go on the trip and visit places including Berlin.

Debbie said: “It is a really good experience for young people. There are lots of people from Weston who have taken part and gone on to form life-long friendships.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about being a host family should email Debbie on debbiestone67@btinternet.com or call 01934 429036.

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