Student Reflects on Overseas Trip to Germany

Four St. Joseph’s students and two staff members recently returned from a trip abroad!

Every summer, St. Joseph’s Indian School flies four students and two staff members to Germany as part of an exchange program with Gymnasium Leonium in Handrup, which is another school founded by the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

The following is a personal reflection written by Jacie, who attended the Germany trip in June. 

One of the most interesting and eye-opening things for me was seeing a different culture, learning about their traditions, and trying different foods. Most of what I tried was really good. I especially liked when my host family cooked supper because they used what they had on their farm. The steaks were delicious! I liked getting to know the family and we got along really well.

Students presented about their culture to students, and also donors during a donor luncheon event.

The school experience was so different than ours. They start very early and get out early too, which is good I guess. The kids at school are like the kids at our school in a lot of ways. There are so many different personalities, just like here. I was surprised at how well our presentations went. At first I was nervous but it got easier with each class. I think the students liked learning about our culture and where we live, and I felt good sharing that with them. I felt a lot of pride in my culture while showing my presentation. They also liked the gifts we brought and handed out.

Frankfurt was one of my favorite places in Germany. The skyscrapers were beautiful and as the sun set, it looked surreal. Hamburg’s marketplace was really nice and had a lot of great things to see. We also visited a lot of smaller towns and some villages, all very unique and different from what we have here.

I’m grateful I got to go on this trip and thankful to the donors who made it possible. I would definitely go back for another visit and include a stop to Berlin since we didn’t have time for that!


St. Joseph’s is proud to give our students, like Jacie, wings to see the world and experience other cultures. Just as much as we strive to help others understand the Native American culture of our students, we want our students to understand other cultures, as well.

The trip to Germany was a wonderful way for the girls to experience a new culture.

In the fall, German students will visit South Dakota and our students will return the hospitality shown to them during their visit to Germany.

Philámayayethank you – to all the donors who continue to be so committed to the Lakota students – without you, these life-changing experiences would not be possible!

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

10 thoughts on “Student Reflects on Overseas Trip to Germany”

  1. What a wonderful cultural experience to visit another country and be able to have such memorable visits!! Certainly it will be reciprocated in the fall when the students from Germany come. Perhaps some Native dance for them to experience and take with them. Phil’amayaye.

  2. I’m so happy for y’all. It really opens your eyes when you have the chance to experience the world and other people. We are just one lil spot on UnčiMaka and we need to be aware there are millions of other people deserving of out kindness and respect. I lived in Belgium and it has changed my life and perspective. WakanTanka niyawaštepi ni yelo. Jstn CrazyHawk.

  3. What a great opportunity! Now you know more about the world. Your horizons have been expanded.

  4. Thats great they got to take a trip like that wish they had trips like that when my classmates where going there i would love to see and enjoy a place like germany i bet its nice

    1. As much as we make sure our students learn about their own culture, learning about the culture of others is so important. We are blessed to be able to do this for our students!

  5. wonderful, that you got to visit Germany.. I read the remarks, as I, myself am German born 93 year old lady, and always like to hear opinions of my homeland, Meine Heimat…
    i live in Oregon now, but Cherish my youth in Hamburg.
    Hope your beautiful school will have many more trips to Germany and give Students an insight in another culture and language… Erna Boldt
    Sandy, Oregon 97055

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