Arizona 2015

08 März 2015

Arizona 2015

After a long flight we finally arrived in Phoenix, Arizona. We escaped the winter of Hamburg and travelled over the snowy New York to land in the warm and unknown state after 25 hours.
The familiarization of our host families began directly at the airport and was deepened by the following Sunday with them. Some of the activities that we did were: Laser tag, going shopping in the mall, a visit in the American movies, off-roading (practiced by the guys) and bicycle tours through the neighborhood.
On the first official day as a group we visited the ASU – the Arizona State University. After a short introduction to the structure of the largest university of America, we got a tour from four students which was really impressive. We were able to have an insight on the pool area, the fitness center, the student housing and many other interesting buildings. We all agree: the atmosphere and the size are incomparable and very impressive – just like everything in America.
On the following day we visited the city hall of Mesa. It was announced that the mayor would show us around but we eventually had a tour with his very kind representative, David Luna. The tour was shorter than expected but Mr. Luna gave us an overview over the most important and essential aspects. We assumed the roles of the different characters that are involved in the city hall and thus represented lawyers, citizens, representatives of the different districts and the mayor.
On Wednesday we were finally able to visit the Red Mountain High School. Excited to see if it would fulfill our expectations, we got a tour over the campus by the principle in the first period. After that our first day in school began with the classes we had put together ourselves. The timetable is diverse with many different lessons such as: Culinary, Algebra, German, Welding, Cheerleading, Holocaust History and many other subjects that we will have an insight on during our stay.
We are looking forward to the next days in school and are excited for the many great activities we will experience together as a group and in our host families. We are slowly getting used to the supersized American mentality and would like to keep you on track.