Felix Helmert – Triebes
My Time in New Zealand Hey my name is Felix Helmert and I’m from Triebes, Thuringia, Germany. When I decided to do an exchange year, my first choice was to go to the U.S, but that was cancelled, so I chose New Zealand. My decision was an easy one because I wanted to go to an English speaking country and I wanted to go as far away as possible to have some new experiences. So, New Zealand was the perfect option. Now, because I’ve been here for 7 months, the Kiwi life and Kiwi culture seems normal to me, however, I can remember when I first came here, and all the new things (e.g. the wooden houses, the different school system, different food…) I had to deal with every day were challenging. But, now everything seems normal and I enjoy everyday (more and more) and I know that this year in New Zealand has been one of the best times in my life. For sure, I didn’t spend all my time at school. I have travelled around New Zealand and I visited Australia. My new friends from other countries travelled with me and of course we had a lot of fun. I will not forget anyone of them, or any experience we had together. Besides these trips, school was so different compared to Germany. In Germany the subject choices are very restrictive, whereas here I had free choice of subjects. Also, the style of teaching is very different; you quickly get to know that you are not learning for anybody else but yourself. I would really recommend an exchange year to anybody, and especially to Wellington High School. I can promise you, if you come here you can enjoy the “sunny-side of life” for one year, like I did! I will never forget anything or anyone. I can just say, thanks New Zealand, and thanks Wellington High School for the great time!