This summer, the dream of 15 Kenyatta University students turned into a reality: A DAAD-sponsored study trip to Germany! In July, they visited universities in Bremen, Bielefeld and Cologne, accompanied by their lecturers Lisa Mauritz and Joseph Karuri.

First stop was Bremen University. We got to know the Language Center lead by Christine Rodewald and got the chance to participate in a Summer Course. The Kenyan group was introduced to the “Kompass-Team” which brings German and international students together. We were shown an Urban Gardening Project and visited the Bremen town musicians, a statue in the town centre based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. On our way through the city, we stopped many times to listen to street musicians. We also went to the “Universum”, an interactive museum, where we got lost in a labyrinth of darkness and felt how it is to experience an earthquake.

In Bielefeld, we were received by the organization „Afrofriends“ that took us on a city tour which included climbing the Sparrenberg castle high above the city. In Bielefeld, we got the chance to live with guest families allowing us to get an insight into the German way of life. We attended a workshop on writing consultancy, which is offered by the Center for Learning German, as well as an intercultural theatre workshop, focusing on the meeting of students from Bielefeld, where everyone had a lot of fun.

In Cologne, we visited the Center for Teacher Education, where we had an insightful discussion about the Kenyan and the German school system. We were invited to an international dinner, where we got to meet people and tried specialties from different countries. After attending a mass at the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, opened in 1322, we had a cruise on the River Rhine.

In Bonn, we visited the “Deutsche Welle” TV and radio station where we got information on the DAAD-funded Master program “International Media Studies” and recorded five German Learner’s Portraits. In the House of History museum, we saw Konrad Adenauer’s official car and a small rock brought from the moon.

Lisa Mauritz, DAAD lecturer, Kenyatta University

Find here two very personal accounts of the trip:

My trip to Germany 2018_Lindi Naomi

My trip to Germany 2018_Georgina Ndubi