Every year the Goethe-Institut organises international youth camps in South Asia for school students learning German. Up to 100 students from the countries of South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka – participate in them. Not only do the students learn German intensively, they also naturally have a lot of fun together. Students get to know each other and make numerous new friendships that transcend all borders.
A highpoint of the whole camp is the cultural evening. The students represent their region or their home country. They wear traditional costumes, present typical cuisine or products or sing songs from their native lands.
A few voices from the camps:
Chitra Nair from Mumbai, India:
“Youth camps are not just about taking part in classes, in various work groups and excursions. They also open doors for us, the camp participants, which show the ways to new close relationships that can continue throughout life. The PASCH youth camp was splendid experience for me. I’ve not only learnt a lot about the German language and culture, but have also met many fantastic new people. The camp was a world in itself and while I was there, neither did the past catch up with me, nor did I have to worry about the future. Only the present counted: the excitement and the new friends – these were what mattered to me."
Bijaya Luitel from Bhaktapur, Nepal:
“The youth camp for German students was a fantastic experience for me. It helped me to improve my knowledge of the German language and to interact with other young people in German. It is very interesting to learn German and to learn things about Germany. I’m happy that I signed up for this camp: an absolutely marvellous experience!“
Sushmita Moon from Dhaka, Bangladesh:
“This was the first camp of my life. I’ve learnt many things, met many new people and made many friends. I’ve really enjoyed this camp."
Amnah Javvad from Islamabad, Pakistan:
“Hello, my name is Amnah and I come from Pakistan. I was selected from the Roots Millennium School to take part in this camp. I’ve gathered wonderful experiences in India. I have met many new people and learnt a lot about the various countries, religions and cultures. We have also visited many places of historical interest. It was the best camp which I’ve ever participated in. All the people – students and teachers – were fantastic. I had the best time of my life there and shall miss India. I hope that I can return next year.“
Hitaansh Dhingra from New Delhi, India:
“The German camp which I visited was an amazing experience for me. Before it kicked off, I was not especially interested in participating in this camp. However my mother and my teacher told me that it would be very interesting, that I would find many new friends and that I could improve my German playfully. Ultimately I had a lot of fun in the youth camp and found many new friends with whom I will remain in contact. I’ve also learnt a lot in the workshops “Fairy Tales”, “Painting Tote Bags”, “Geography” and “Preparing Newspapers”. It was all very interesting for me. I’ve enjoyed the camp to the fullest and would be very happy to take part in a youth camp once again.“
Manahil Noor from Islamabad, Pakistan:
“My name is Manahil Noor and I come from Pakistan. I took part in the DPS youth camp for the first time and had a lot of fun there. We took part in many workshops and classes. We also went for many excursions. We visited the Red Fort, India Gate and many other places and went shopping in Dilli Haat. The teachers there were very nice. I learnt a lot about Germany and the German language there. I’ve also met many new people and made friends with children from other countries. The trip was an excellent experience. I had a lot of fun in India and would definitely like to go there again. I would like to thank all those who made this fantastic course possible. And a very big ‘thank you’ to my German teacher, Mr Arif!“
Cinematic impression from a youth camp in the Delhi Public School Vasant Kunj