YFU Switzerland

Short update (why are no posts coming?)

If you’re reading the heading and were an exchange student before I’m pretty sure that you will think I could tell you this before and probably you could, but I wouldn’t be sure if I would have listened to you prior my exchange year 🙂

For all my other readers; yes I’m still alive and my town is exactly as I imagined it. A rural small town where it seems like everybody knows each other, with all the cool (and unhealthy) fast-food chains like Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or Burger King and a culture like it would come directly from an American movie. I’m living here now for about a months and with every week I can more call this place my second home; with every week at school I’m getting known new students who eventually became new friends I’m hanging out at the weekends and I meet new people of the family. What consumes currently most of my time is a mixture of a huge amount of homework (even with 15,5 Credits) and two younger brothers who wanna play as long as they are awake. In fact, when I’m writing these lines I’m the last one who is not in bed already and I’m still trying to finish my homework.

Maybe I’ll have more time as the year going on, but for now, I can’t guarantee any new blog posts.

My hostfamily

cross-post from my personal blog

After months of waiting I’m now able to share the most exciting news with you! Finally the last documents were signed so I’m now able to contact my host family and getting them know. I only have three work days and eight days in total till I fly to Chicago, it feel so unreal that after 4 years of preparation and reading about an exchange year, I can finally start my adventure and write my own story. To protect the family I let them decide how much I share about them so stay tuned for new posts.

Exchangels – Spread your wings and fly away

Today I’m starting my blog here at YFU and you’re very welcome to follow me through my year in the united states of America. When I’m writing this lines it’s only a few weeks before the biggest and most scary adventure in my live will start. The weather outside my house at this evening, distant lightning and thunder that slowly comes closer, describes my current feeling perfectly. I can’t wait to start my new life with a new family, a new house, new friends, a new school, a (not so) new language and a (not so) logical system of measurement.

The first time I got interested in an exchange program was some months after I started my apprenticeship back in 2012, I can’t really tell how it happened but I guess a youtube video started my interest in this. If you know the Swiss school system you know that this is a very unfortunate moment to start thinking about this because I could’t interrupt it till I wrote my final exam. Even though I read all about the high school program I knew that I could’t participate on it at my age of my graduation so I needed a different program. After a lot of researching about the organizations here in Switzerland (and lot more blogs and youtube channels I followed) I knew that a language school (and there organizations with two letters) wouldn’t be what I wanted and so I thought about the community college program. I visited two organizations, one in Zurich and one in Bern. One of the biggest reasons why I took YFU at the end was there non profit status and their commitment to the culture exchange.

In fall 2016 I was finally ready to sign the exchange program contract and I could fill out all the forms, wrote my letter to my host family and record a short introduction about myself. After a short military service I had the time again to focus on my exchange adventure and so I joined a lot of WhatsApp groups, followed blogs and youtube channels and helped to order an exchange hoodie with this years motto (Exchangels – spread your wings and fly away). After some months of working and waiting for my college I finally got the news that I’ll attend at the Olney Central College for two semesters! I was really happy to finally know where I will stay for over 10 months and who’s my local coordinator is. Some days ago I could also visit the US Embassy in Bern so I finally got my F1 Visa too. Now I count the days to my departure in direction to the Middle West, USA. There’s already things I can say that I’ll do it the last time and I also needed to saying goodbye to some people I know.