If you live in New Haven or attend New Haven High, you may have noticed a few new faces. These new faces are the German students from Borgholzhausen, Germany.
Borgholzhausen is New Haven’s sister city over in Germany (indicated by the red pin on the map shown on the right). Borgholzhausen has a population of about 8,600 citizens, so it is about four times bigger than New Haven.
Anne Ludwig is a German student visiting from Borgholzhausen, Germany. She is living with the Laune family for the time she is here in America.
Anne was asked, “What do you like most about America?” She replied with, “I like that you can drive at 16.”
Anne was also asked, “What is your favorite thing you have done here [New Haven]?” She responded, “I liked driving four wheelers and going to Springfield, Missouri.”
She was also questioned about what she felt was different between Borgholzhausen and New Haven, and she said, “You [New Haven] have more churches and [Washington] has Walmart. I think the city here [New Haven] is bigger, but [in] Borgholzhausen, there are more people.”
When asked if she liked New Haven so far, Anne smiled and said, “Oh, yeah!”
The host family, the Launes, were also interviewed. When asked about what it is like hosting a German student, Claire Laune replied with, “It is really fun. It is fun in a way because I feel like I have a sister.”
Matthew Laune stated, “It is a lot of fun. I get to learn about the country that they are from.”
Mrs. Renee Laune commented, “It is an excellent experience to have Anne in our home and be a part of our family. We could not have picked a more perfect person to fit into our family dynamic.”
The Launes were then asked what surprised them most about hosting a student. Claire responded, “I was afraid that there would be a language barrier between us and that we would have problems understanding what she needed.”
Matthew replied with, “Anne can speak very good English which surprised me.”
Mrs. Laune stated, “I was afraid that she wasn’t going to find food that she would like and I wouldn’t be able to meet her dietary needs.”
Claire was asked, “What thing did Anne find different about America that you think is normal?” She said, “When we went to the grocery store, she couldn’t get over the plastic bags. She was also fascinated about how we don’t recycle.”
Anne stayed in America until November 6. Mrs. Laune stated, “It is going to be a sad day at the Laune house when Anne leaves.”
Claire said, “I am going to be very devastated. I am definitely going to cry.”