We’ve landed safely in Germany!
Last night, we boarded the plane with ease, and quickly rose to 35,000 feet. We watched the sun set over the United States as we headed northeast towards Frankfurt.
The flight went by relatively quickly- once we were in the air, we were served a nice dinner, and then we had a wide variety of entertainment choices to keep us busy. Students were also able to read all about environmentally sustainable business models in the in-flight magazine, but most opted to take a nap and rest up for the upcoming adventure!
Now that we’ve landed, we will be heading directly to the Einstein Gymnasium in Rheda-Wiedenbruck. We will get a tour of the school, meet our host families, and begin experiencing life as German students! We will continue to update on our experiences when we have time and when we aren’t busy engaging with our new partners.
Ashford students made it through security, had a great time eating a late lunch in the airport, and are ready for take off!
While on the flight, students will have the opportunity to jot down some of their thoughts in their Germany-UNSDG notebooks. At our final meeting, we all picked the goals that we will be investigating during our time abroad. Students picked all kinds of great goals! One group of students is investigating goal 6- clean water. They are curious as to how many drinking fountains are available in Germany vs how many are available in the United States, and will be creating maps of drinking fountains in both locations. They will also use this to help assess goal 12- responsible consumption and production, because more drinking fountains and refills means fewer single use plastics.
We have now boarded and ready for take off- next stop Germany!
This morning, Ashford students arrived bright and early for their GAPP Adventure! They have come prepared for 2 weeks worth of cultural learning experiences around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. After checking in to school, we loaded all of our luggage onto the bus, waved goodbye to our families, and boarded the big yellow school bus for the airport!
The excitement on the bus was palpable- our students were bouncing with excitement! On our drive, we snacked on Doppelkeks, a type of Germany sandwich cookie.
We hit no traffic along the way, and were able to easily unload our luggage and head into the terminal- ready to go on our journey!
It's hard to believe that in just a week, Ashford students will be headed off to Germany! For the past several months, we've been learning about German culture and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Students have been staying after school every Friday for "A Glimpse of Germany," a course generously provided to our students through UConn and the Geothe Insutit . Graduate students Maria and Juntao have been teaching us all about German words and culture! Es war wundervoll!
We've also talked about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are 17 goals that we as a world want to achieve by 2030. While in Germany, all students will be responsible for creating Story Maps with ArcGIS on UNSDG indicators around their inquiry questions. You can learn more about the Global Goals here:
Our whole school has even gotten in on the action by Skyping with our German partner school and sharing care packages back and forth. It's been wonderful to share cultures and community with each other!
As we get ready to go, feel free to check out our itinerary in the post below. T-Minus seven days until we embark on our adventure!
Interested in learning more about what we will be up to while in Germany? You can check out our itinerary below! This itinerary has been updated for our arrival.