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Monday, October 21, 2013 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS — The newness that each day of the past three months has brought to Marie Horstman is her favorite part of taking part in the German cultural exchange program.

Horstman is one of five German high school students living in Delphos for five months. She lives with the Roger and Julie Arroyo family.

“I always see new things, eat something new and try new things,” Horstman said. “I like my whole time here.”

Horstman is from Verl, Germany, the sister city of Delphos. Verl has a population of about 25,000.

“I like Delphos because it’s so small and everyone knows everything about everyone,” Horstman said. “I like it for five months.”

Horstman’s parents had been to the United States, which influenced her decision to partake in the exchange program. She also wanted to learn the language better, gain more self-confidence and she likes to travel to other countries.

The first day of school has been the most difficult part of the experience so far because she met so many new people and she said it was overwhelming.

Horstman did know two of the other exchange students, Charlotte Klotz and Merle Kampwirth, who attend the same school as she does in Germany. Both Klotz and Kampwirth attend St. John’s while Horstman goes to Jefferson but she still has had comfort in knowing they are in Delphos as well.

“It helped at the beginning to know others because they had the same problems and feelings I was having,” Horstman said.

Horstman, a sophomore, likes school in Delphos because it is so different and there is so much to do. However, sometimes she thinks there is not enough time to just relax. Horstman participates on Jefferson’s volleyball team and attends practices and games almost every day of the week, which is unlike sports in Germany. Students in Germany play on club teams that usually practice and play games two or three times a week.

“I don’t like that there’s no free time because you just go to practice for sports and come home to do homework and that’s it,” Horstman said.

Horstman has also tried to fit time into her schedule to travel outside of Delphos with her host family to make the most of her time in the United States. She has been to Cedar Point, Lake Erie and Indiana Beach; went shopping in Fort Wayne; and watched a Tin Caps game.

“I of course want to see my family but I don’t know if I will ever come back to America so it’s sad, too,” Horstman said.


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