Paula Wulkop – Switzerland
I stayed at the Wellington High for six months and I really enjoyed this time. On the first day, the principal Prue Kelly and the teachers welcomed all the new students. At the end of the speech, which was held in Maori language, we could do a hongi (maori greeting) with the teachers. This showed me immediately that I was in a new cultural environment and that my life here was going to be very different from my life back in Switzerland.
I recommend to each exchange student to take advantage of the wide range of sub-jects and choose those ones that you can’t take at home. I took outdoor education, food technology, English, Science, Geography and Art. I especially enjoyed food technology, because we prepared and ate some tasty meals and also treats like cup-cakes. Outdoor education was great as well. There we learned fun things like kayaking, underwater hockey and surfing. We went to a camp on a lonely beach where we discovered dolphins and swam with them.
Surprisingly fast, I found lots of Kiwi friends with whom I had heaps of fun. It’s great to stay in contact with friends on the other side of the world. I joined a netball team in school and every Saturday we played against another school. Even though we didn’t win very often, it was a good opportunity to meet some people and to be involved in something fun.