Capture Your Connection: Sophie and Lisa’s story

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Sophie and Lisa first met through a partnership between their two secondary schools. As part of our 15-year anniversary celebrations, they told us how the initial school project has led to over 10 years of friendship and international collaboration.

Sophie and Lisa’s story

“Our names are Sophie and Lisa and we met in 2009 through a partnership between our two schools, Sheringham High and Nelson-Mandela-Schule, of which one year was funded by UK-German Connection. Since then, we have done lots of things together!

In 2012, Sophie spent a week staying with Lisa and her family and attended lessons at Lisa’s school on a privately organised exchange. In 2017, Sophie lived with Lisa and her family for a year whilst completing her Year Abroad for her BA Modern Languages degree and, this time, worked as an English language assistant at Nelson-Mandela-Schule. Furthermore, in 2018, Lisa worked for several months as a German language assistant at Sheringham High.

Our connection really epitomises the essence of what exchanges are about and has had a huge impact. Through the partnership, many good friendships have been made and both families regularly meet up. Our language skills have improved and it has given us the confidence to live and work in both countries from a young age.

Our experience really does highlight here the long-term impact an exchange can have, both socially and professionally. Sophie is now a German teacher and Lisa is doing her teacher training to be a French and Music teacher. Together we will be working on projects with our own pupils in the future to keep the link going even stronger.”

This article is part of the UK-German Connection 15-year Anniversary Challenge: Capture Your Connection, which invited schools and individuals to share their UK-German stories.