Boonah State High School student jets to Germany on exchange

 Tabea Jerlitschka and Caitlyn Larkin. Photos: Supplied

Tabea Jerlitschka and Caitlyn Larkin. Photos: Supplied

BOONAH State High School captain Caitlyn Larkin is enjoying a winter wonderland in Germany during her student exchange.

Accompanied by her school’s German teacher Lara Keller, Caitlyn is among nine students across Queensland to undergo the year 11 Swiss/German student exchange program.

The exchange, coordinated by the state’s Department of Education and Training, is aimed at encouraging educational, linguistic and cultural advancements for students.

Caitlyn, who had been studying the language since she was in year 8, left with the group on Saturday, November 25 for the nine-week program.

She said the exchange was a wonderful opportunity to further her language skills in German and to experience a different culture.

Caitlyn said she had been going to school with her German partner as well as taking part in several activities and immersing herself in the culture.

“So far I have been going to school with my exchange partner Tabea Jerlitschka every school day,” she said.

“Last weekend (the host family) took me to Dortmund and we went to the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market.”

Caitlyn said she had been enjoying her trip and was living in Iserlohn weihnachtsmarkt with her host family and exchange partner.

Caitlyn Larkin enjoying the different scenery.

Caitlyn Larkin enjoying the different scenery.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing a white Christmas in Germany,” she said.

“It was snowing this morning which was amazing.

”I was so excited to walk to school in the snow.”

Caitlyn and her group will return in the new year.

Earlier this year, students were paired with German counterparts as pen pals to improve their language skills.

Prior to the Queensland students jetting off to Germany, several European students visited Australia for a home stay experience.

The European students arrived in Australia in August for a home stay to have an Australian experience.