Göttingen visitors in Cheltenham this summer
If you don’t already know about the visit from our twin town in Germany, it takes place this summer and Annette is asking for homestay accommodation for our visitors and also some volunteers nearer the time to help with the language with translations / interpreting etc.
“The ‘Göttingen / Cheltenham Festival’ usually involves more than 100 people visiting Cheltenham and staying with local people.
The date for the visit has been set for Saturday 22 July to Thursday 27 July 2017 and one of the most important tasks is to find as much accommodation with local people in and around Cheltenham as possible, as it is expected that most of the 100+ Göttingen residents participating would like homestays. There is a whole variety of people requesting homestays, from young to the more advanced in years and single people to couples and those with families.
I am, therefore, writing to see if you are able to offer accommodation to visitors from Göttingen for the 5 nights and become involved in this twinning event. I must stress that there is no obligation for anyone to offer hospitality, as there is NO payment for hosting guests on this particular exchange. It is rather hoped that Cheltenham people may like to offer accommodation to Göttingen visitors with a view to receiving their reciprocal hospitality in Göttingen in the future. Hosts are asked to provide bed and breakfast and some evening meals, depending on the programme and their guests’ involvement.
During the 4 day stay in Cheltenham, an optional programme of activities and excursions is organised and we try to organise events during the day time for those hosts who work, leaving the Sunday and evenings free for guests to be with their families. A comprehensive list of things to see and do in and around Cheltenham will be included with the programme giving ideas to fill free time. Hosts are, however, most welcome to join in with the trips and attend events on the programme.
I do very much hope that you will consider hosting and participating in this twinning visit. Many lasting friendships have been made from these visits and the Göttingen people are very warm and friendly and will openly welcome you to Göttingen for reciprocal hospitality.
Finally if you know of any family or friends who have a spare room and who might be prepared to offer accommodation, perhaps you could give me their name and address, and if you belong to any clubs or societies who would either be interested in becoming involved or where you could publicise the event and the need for host families, I would be most grateful if you could do so.”
If you can help, please contact Annette Wight for more info and a form at:
Details from :
email: [email protected]
Twinning Officer : Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
tel 01242 264311
(Democracy Assistant : Wednesday and Friday
tel 01242 775153)
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We currently have 12 students / apprentices from Göttingen in Cheltenham for 4-6 weeks on work experience placements. They are placed with a variety of businesses and educational establishments throughout the town, and one girl is with the Inspiring families team at the Council. Yet again they are absorbed into English family life as they stay with local families and enjoy sightseeing excursions as well.
From 3-11 October a group of 15 youngsters from Göttingen Town’s Sport Association will be here enjoying a programme of sporting and sightseeing activities.
Towards the end of October, 12 colleagues from Family Centres in Göttingen will be here for 4 days with a programme of visits to Children’s centres and meetings with practitioners of health and social care and early years learning organised, enabling better understanding of the system in the UK.