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Seifenoper AG, Teil II

Published: July 17, 2009

Here's the second part of Waldsee's two-part Seifenoper (soap opera) that was written and performed by one of the credit villager AGs (clubs). Click here to view the first part if you missed it. Viel SpaƟ!

Die Zuwanderungssimulation

Published: July 16, 2009

Until 2005, immigration to Germany was regulated exclusively by the Grundgesetz ("Basic Law") and various decrees. In 2005, Germany instituted its first comprehensive immigration policy in response to growing pressure from immigrants-rights groups and, among others, the European Union. Approximately 9 percent of people living in Germany do not have German citizenship, while approximately 20 percent of the German population is of immigrant background. After World War II, beginning in 1955,...

Seifenoper AG

Published: July 15, 2009

One of the most exciting element of the Waldsee credit program curriculum is the two-week cultural clubs (die AGs). Each villager selects two different club activities during the four-week credit program - things like Bogenschiessen (archery), Fussballtraining (soccer training), Backen (baking), Swingtanzen (swing dancing) and a variety of others. One of the clubs focused on Seifenoper, or soap operas. The group has been watching a variety of German-language soap operas and analyzing how...

Swiss Olympics

Published: July 15, 2009

This past Sunday we hosted the "Swiss Olympics"! The villagers competed in a variety of Swiss games, like Hornussen (a Swiss game that is a sort of cross between baseball and golf), Kirschsteinspucken (spitting cherry pits), and Schwingen (a Swiss wrestling event). Check out the video to see snippets of each event!

Swing Arbeitsgruppe

Published: July 14, 2009

At Waldsee, the credit villagers participate in two-week Arbeitsgruppen, which are class hours based on a particular theme. In these two weeks, one of the Arbeitsgruppen (AGs) was Swing Tanzen. In addition to learning several types of swing dancing, villagers learned about swing dancing in Germany during the 1930s. During this time, the Swingjugend, or Swing Kids, were a group of teenagers -- largely based in Berlin and Hamburg -- who opposed themselves to Nazi ideology. The...

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