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Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:54 AM

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DELPHOS — Sixteen-year-old Chiara Peine decided to participate in the exchange program between Delphos and her town of Verl, Germany, as a way of satisfying her curiosity.

“When you’re in Germany or in Europe, you just want to see what it’s like on the other side of the world,” she said. “You hear a lot about the news and hear from friends who have been here and you just want to see how it is and learn more English.”
Peine says the United States and Germany aren’t overly different in appearance but she finds America much more welcoming.

“I prefer the people in America; they’re all friendly. That’s probably because this town is a bit small, so everybody is nice and you see people you know from school, so that’s cool,” she said. “I really like it here; it’s similar kind of. Things are bigger here, like the streets, malls and everything, houses too. The landscape in Germany is a bit like Delphos, just bigger. I’m living in town so it’s like living in Delphos. I have a lot of neighbors and stuff.”

Peine has been enjoying American food and discovering new restaurants.


“My favorites are B-Dubs and Taco Bell because its the restaurants we don’t have in Germany,” she said. “Also Fazoli’s, all of the places we’ve been.”

During her months here in the U.S., Peine is attending St. John’s High School as a sophomore.

“School was kind of hard on the first day because in Germany you have your own classroom and here you move from classroom to classroom,” she said. “It’s okay now. I like it. I played volleyball at home. I went to practice here one time to see how it is but it was after school and I didn’t have much time for that. I’ve been singing in the youth choir sometimes in church.”

When it comes to her future, Peine looks to family members for her chosen career.

“I think I want to go to college for medicine, probably,” she said. “I wanted to do it when I was little because my grandma did it and my uncle did it.”

When she’s not in school, Peine has been keeping busy with her friends and host family, Ray and Angie Bonifas and their children.

“When I first came here, we had four weeks of holidays” she said. “We went to Tennessee twice, one time with my family here and one time with Julie’s family and the other German girls. It was fun. We went to the lake in Michigan one time.”

All six of the cultural exchange students participate in planned trips with their host families to Cedar Point and Chicago.

“I didn’t think I’d do a handstand on the Sky Deck in Chicago,” Peine said. “You make a handstand and see all the streets below.”
Understandably, Peine misses the family members she left back in Germany, her mother and father Anne and Wolfgang, and her two older brothers Jannis, 21, and Nikolas, 18. When she goes back home, she will miss those she’s grown close to here.

“I will miss the people I’ve met and of course my host family because they’re really nice,” she said. “Also, just living here. I would like to come back.”

Peine and the other five students go back to Germany on Friday.

Last Updated on Saturday, December 01, 2012 2:31 AM

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