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The summer camp at the environmental education centre Spohns Haus is Germany’s largest youth exchange project between Poland, Ukraine and Germany. This year it ran from July 3rd to 15th. It was the fifth time that the Peter und Luise Hager Foundation sponsored the camp – and this year’s theme was “Urban Land Art”.
A total of 62 young people took part: 27 from Poland, 20 from Ukraine and 15 from Germany. The timetable included language courses in the morning and exciting afternoon workshops on topics such as graffiti, urban dance and film. The graffiti workshop was particularly popular with the young people this year: “It was really cool to have a go at spraying graffiti ourselves. We all had loads of fun doing it!” said Alani from Germany.
The participants also went on several excursions during the two-week camp. The highlight was a day trip to Paris. For many of the young people it was their first visit to the French capital, and they enjoyed discovering the many sights that Paris has to offer.
The camp programme also included the traditional “Hager Day”. This is when young people visit Hager Group’s headquarters in Blieskastel and meet the Hager Seniors (die hager-Senioren), who, together with specialists from the Technical Sales Promotion department take them on a tour of the plant and answer all their questions about the company.
This year the camp participants observed how frisbees were made from the plastic normally used to produce cable trunking and they were even allowed to have a go at assembling “solar grasshoppers” themselves in the training workshop. In the afternoon they all went to Kirkel Castle, where they enjoyed a “castle Olympics” followed by a medieval banquet with the Hager Seniors.
The Peter und Luise Hager Foundation places great importance on giving young people the opportunity to get to know as many different cultures as possible while they are still young. Ideally, they learn from each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
This year we certainly achieved that goal once again, together with Spohns Haus – which was also confirmed by Niko, a student from Germany: "It is the third time that I have participated in this youth exchange in Gersheim. I really enjoy it, especially meeting the other participants, we have lots of fun together. The Polish and Ukrainian students were very open-minded and there were hardly any language barriers. I’m still in contact with some of the participants from Germany and Poland - even those I met 2 years ago. I'm definitely coming back next year!"
We’re already looking forward to seeing you all next summer – and hopefully lots of new faces as well.