Pen Pal Project: Friends
What are friends? People know childhood friends, casual friends, best friends or more. Nowadays people also find friends through social media. In the days before social media, how did people from abroad get to know each other? They wrote letters. Those people are called pen pals. (Brieffreunde)
Mag. Julia Höfferer offered our class the great opportunity to make new friends. Together with her American contact Keslie, she organized a pen pal project. Students at the BG/BRG Fürstenfeld and Brookfield East/Central Highschool write letters to one another. The letters are handed out to the students by the teacher.
Students from the BG/BRG Fürstenfeld write their letters in English while the Students from Brookfield Highschool write them in German.
It’s a great way to practice each language we kids are learning. We also get to learn about our pen pal’s everyday life. We exchange knowledge about our cultures, so we get to know differences in cultures and learn to respect them. For some of us it is also a wonderful experience to get to know a new person and maybe also become friends with them.