Cultural adventure

My German class trip to Swakopmund
Collin Kazetjikuria
Immersing oneself in a foreign culture is an enriching experience that opens new perspectives and fosters personal growth. Recently, my German class had the incredible opportunity to embark on a class trip to the coastal town of Swakopmund in Namibia. We were thrilled to explore this unique destination that seamlessly blends the German and African cultures, creating a perfect blend of rich history.

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting a traditional German restaurant. As we stepped through the doors, the delightful sounds of lively conversations filled the air. The restaurant's authentic decor transported us to a quaint German village, complete with traditional attire and folk music playing softly in the background.

We indulged in delectable German cuisine - savoury dishes such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and schnitzels. The experience of enjoying German food in Africa was a delightful fusion of cultures that showcased the enduring influence of German settlers on the southern African region.

Continuing our cultural exploration, we ventured to the Snake Park, which offered a fascinating glimpse into Namibia's diverse reptile population. The knowledgeable park staff guided us through the park, sharing interesting facts about the various species of snakes found in Namibia. We had the opportunity to see venomous snakes up close, with glass tanks separating us from the snakes and their enclosed environments. We were fascinated by their vibrant colors and amazing scale patterns.

Additionally, we learnt about the importance of conserving these creatures and their natural habitats. We realised that extinction is a major factor for these creatures if conservation is not prioritised by individuals. This was definitely an eye-opening experience for the entire class.

Our journey through Swakopmund also led us to the local museum, where we went into the town's fascinating history and colonial legacy. The exhibits told the story of the German influence on South West Africa, from the early German settlers to the colonial era.

It was a stark reminder of how history shapes a place and the lasting impact it has on its people. Through this museum visit, we gained a deeper understanding of the culture and heritage that define Swakopmund and its German history.

Beyond these specific attractions, our time in Swakopmund allowed us to immerse ourselves in the daily rhythms of the coastal town. We strolled along the beach, taking in the aesthetic views of the Atlantic Ocean as we walked along the sidewalk of the park, located at the Mole.

Overall, our class trip to Swakopmund was a memorable and transformative experience. It exposed us to the ways of German and African cultures. We returned home with a renewed appreciation for the importance of cultural understanding and respect. The trip not only strengthened our ability to speak the language, but it also broadened our global perspective on the German culture.

Class trips have an incredible impact on learners' education, providing them with opportunities to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-life experiences.

For my German class, our trip to Swakopmund was a perfect blend of cultural learning, historical exploration and personal growth. It ignited a passion for intercultural exchange, reminding us of the transformative power of travel and the endless wonders that await us beyond our comfort zones.