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YFU Newsletter When and where is your adventure?

New Volunteers This fall, staff, new and seasoned volunteers got together for a training weekend in Monkton and Sarnia in Ontario. Thanks to everybody who helped out, especially Finn Balle Kjeldsen, the Chair of YFU Canada, who came all the way from Denmark to share his experience and enthusiasm! We also welcome our new Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Majewski, who will be the main contact for all YFU volunteers. Welcome to the YFU family, Jodi! If you, or anyone else you know, would like to volunteer or be a host family with YFU Canada, feel free to contact Jodi at

Scholarships to Germany In this winter’s newsletter, we have devoted three full pages to our Feature Destination for 2012/2013 – Germany! Explore the elegant culture, rich history and famous cuisine on a summer, semester or full-year exchange next year. YFU Germany is the biggest YFU organization in the YFU family, and hosts more than 500 exchange students every year. Get ready to meet students and cultures from all over the world! Additional scholarships are available for students applying to Feature Destinations. Email Julie Ryland at

Save the Date! School Presentations School presentations will take place across Ontario in January. Invite us to your school!

Host families Many of you thought about hosting last fall. Make a New Year’s resolution to invite the world into your home this year!

Application Deadline Don’t forget that the application deadline for 2012/2013 programs is March 1.



Ready, set, exchange! For our students departing in January, this holiday season is a time to prepare for a year full of adventures. We asked them what they were most excited about.

Emily Gilbert, Australia I chose to go on exchange in Australia to have new experiences, make friends, and I love travelling. I think it’s a great thing to do and everybody should definitely give it a try. I am definitely most excited for the people I will meet, places to see, and to hear the accents. (Emily is in the picture below).

Kevin Oshell, Korea

Lucas Baxendale, New Zealand

I'm 17 years old, in high school in Ontario and I cannot wait to go to South Korea for my exchange. I am looking forward to immersing myself in Korean culture, including the language, which is a challenge like none other that I have faced before, and I am excited to overcome it.

It's getting cold in Canada and as much as I love freezing temperatures, a nice and warm 25-30 degrees will be a good change! I chose to go on this exchange to experience life and school with a new family in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Yanick Tremblay, Norway Je suis tellement content de finalement avoir la chance d'aller dans mon pays ancestral. Faire un échange est ma plus grande motivation qui va me rapporter du savoir, de l'indépendance, des expériences inoubliables, me connaître d'avantage hors de mon quotidien, faire des rencontres inoubliables et va nous apporter beaucoup sur la vie. Aller en Norvège va me donner la merveilleuse opportunité de ramener la Langue dans ma famille et va être très utile pour mon futur métier ! (Yanick is in the picture above). 2

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Guten Tag! Eager to Immerse yourself in the German Culture? By Miranda Miller Discover the roots of Luther, Beethoven, Goethe, Max Ernst, or Einstein? Or maybe try Kuchen (great German cakes!)? Either or, Germany is a land filled with history, culture and art. Not only has it historically been a key contributor to the occidental culture, but today it is the fourth largest economy and the second exporter of the world! Known for their sausages, beers, cars and the Berlin Wall, stereotypes have been made around the world. Discover the truth about what Germany really is by living the real life and culture of this country. As an exchange student, YFU invites you to experience your own Germany!

Facts: Capital: Berlin Language: German Religion: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3% Area: 357,021 sq km Population: 81, 702,329 (2010) Government Type: Federal Republic Currency: Euro

German Phrases Before any exchange, it is important to know the basics of the language. Here are a few helpful words and phrases related to the holiday season: Hello: Hallo Good-Bye: Lebewohl Thank you: Danke Please: Bitte Merry Christmas: Frohe Weihnachten Happy Holidays: Frohe Feiertage Happy New Year: Gl端ckliches neues Jahr 3



Christmas in Germany by Miranda Miller German holiday traditions Did you know that many Christmas traditions started in Germany? It is therefore no surprise to coin the Christmas tree and the Advent calendar to the Germans as when they emigrated they took many traditions with them. Christmas officially starts with the first Sunday of Advent. Lights and ornaments are displayed around cities as well as small towns. Christmas markets are set up as the sprit blooms with carols and all sorts of traditional baked goods such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread). On the 6th of December you may find children's footwear in front of their door as Nikolaustag is celebrated throughout Germany. Children expect Nikolaus (Santa Clause) to leave a few delicious treats for them in their shoes, if they have been well-behaved. If not Knecht Ruprecht, his servant, may leave twigs and even register them in his "black book"! Christmas dinners are shared and gifts are then open on Christmas Eve. In some households it is tradition that the parents prepare a room for Christmas and lock it up until it is signaled to the children that they may enter and open their presents. The Christmas Eve dinners consist, generally, of carp and potatoes salads as meat in many places is avoided for religious reasons. However, on Christmas day traditional dishes are shared such as suckling pig and macaroni salad. As much as the German traditions have influenced the festive around the world, there is nothing like seeing and living its origins.

Kinderpunsch Ingredients

1 cup water 2/3 cup white sugar 2 pinches ground cloves 1 cinnamon stick 3 cups apple juice 1 lemon, sliced Directions 1. In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to boil. 2. Stir in juice and heat through. Do not boil. Take spices out and pour over lemon slices in serving bowl. Serve warm. 4

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What Does a Year in the Land of Bratwurst Look Like? An exchange student’s story about the holidays away from home by Marie-Catherine Allard exchange year you will encounter obstacles, but think about how your life is in your home country, does everyday is perfect? Going abroad, in Germany or anywhere else, is living in the daily life of your host family and friend. 155 days lefts for me, and if I would have to choose again, I wouldn’t trade my Germany.

Going for a year abroad is a lot more than learning a new language. It’s about learning to live in a family that is not yours, to make new friends, to try new sports; it’s about discovering other culture, but mostly discovering yourself. I’m in Germany since five months and some days, in fact, 196 days. I have the chance to experience a new way of life. In Canada I always lived in a small town and now, I’m living in Cologne. I had the chance to visit others German’s cities and some countries surrounding it due to European public transportation. I enjoy as well simple activities that are not common in Canada like eating with the family, going with my friends the theatre or to the Christmas markets. I also experienced the Carnival in Cologne, which was and still is a place that I love to go. I think that the key to have a good year, in Germany, is not to wait that people offers you, on a silver plate, activities to do, go toward them and propose. There is this stereotype that says that Germans are cold, I would say it in a different way. In Germany, it takes time to gain people trust, but once you’ll have proved them your sincerity, you will be blessed with a strong friendship that will last a lifetime. Indubitably, during your





Greetings from the National Director I would like to wish everyone a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks to all our volunteers, 2011 was a challenging but fulfilling year. We were able to exceed our inbound student goals by taking diverted students from YFU USA because of the generosity and commitment of people like you. Thank you so much! We are truly a global family and without all our volunteers we would not be able to help students realize their dreams. I wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and meaning.

! YFU Canada

Happy Holidays!

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YFU Canada Newsletter Winter 2011  

YFU Canada Newsletter Winter 2011

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