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Mareike - Germany

Course: High School Study Abroad Program
Institute: South Australian Government Schools, Victor Harbour High School
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Hello my name is Mareike. I’m 17 years old and I come from Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg is a quite big city and really varied. I am here in Australia for 6 months.

Australia was my first choice because I think it is a wonderful country. Also it’s so different to Germany and Europe. This country has so many different sides to show and each of them is amazing. I chose Victor Harbor in particular because I wanted to spend my study abroad time in South Australia. I didn’t want to go to Queensland because I think there is a lot of tourism and I wanted to get to know the typical side of Australia. I got a few different schools to choose and Victor Harbor High School sounded really good. And by the way I’m really happy about my choice because Victor Harbor is just beautiful. I really like the seaside, the nature and of course relaxing life. It is really different to a big city but I just love it.

The Victor Harbor High School is very different to my school in Germany. I’m just doing 6 Subjects here. In Germany I used to do 13. I really like the subjects at Victor High. They are specialised for different jobs. What I think is pretty good for the future.

I was doing Aquatics, Music, English, Maths, Creative Media and Photography. I enjoyed every single subject. I learned to work with different computer programs, how to take good pictures and of course I learned how to surf. And that are just a few examples. I really enjoyed my school time here in Victor Harbor. I was doing Aquatics at school and it was good fun. In term 1 we did surf life rescue. In the second term we went surfing. I enjoyed the subject even when the water was really cold in winter time.

On my first day of school I was so scared because I didn’t know anyone and everything was new and in English. But I really didn’t have to worry about it because everyone was so nice to me. I made friends easily. Of course you can’t have a best friend after two weeks but it was getting better and better every single day. Now that my time here is nearly over I really can say I made good friends here in Victor Harbor.

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 9:43:22 AM

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