A group of Bracknell Forest Youth Council Members visited our twin town, Leverkusen in Germany for 6 days at the end of June 2014. We also met with a group from Finland who are twinned with Leverkusen too.
Our accommodation in Leverkusen was at the youth centre, “Lindenhof “, although we had a very busy schedule so got to see so much more;
We visited the Mayor of Leverkusen in the newly developed town hall, we were given the chance to ask questions and find out more about how young people in Leverkusen get their voices heard. This was followed by a tour of the town, a chair lift ride and some very tasty waffles, a visit to a girls club celebrating 25 years and a newly built youth centre.
We also got to experience a day trip to Bonn, the former capital city using public transport and take a boat trip back to Cologne, Visits to Cologne, swimming pools and town centres gave us all a good taste of what Germany has to offer, as well as a BBQ, including some nice German sausage.
“The most interesting part of the trip for me was being invited to meet the Mayor and see their council chamber, the opportunity to understand what is on offer for the young people of Leverkusen and how they get their voices heard” Said Max Ranger MYP Bracknell Forest.
“The biggest highlight for me on the trip was visiting and exploring the cathedral in Cologne “ said Jack Ranger DMYP Bracknell Forest.
Bracknell Town Council and Bracknell Forest Council helped fund the cost of this trip. This kind support allowed 11 of us to have some amazing new experiences, to learn more about each other and have fun.
The exchange gave us a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn new language skills and share cultural differences.