German students journey to Sprachbad

On January 22, nine Heritage German students and German teacher Mrs. Robin Mitchell journeyed up to the YMCA facility in Estes Park for the annual high school German language immersion camp known as Sprachbad.

Sprachbad is the only language immersion camp in the state of Colorado and is open to high school students taking German III or above.

“Sprachbad translated means ‘speaking immersion,’ and that is the purpose of the camp. It is a way for German students from across Colorado to meet other German students and practice speaking German with new people,” says AP German student Neil Prinster ’15.

During the weekend, students participate in a variety of activities, including roller skating, volleyball, mask making and short skits, all while speaking German.

“I loved the whole trip, but my favorite part of this particular trip was playing Cards Against Humanity during our free time. The cards were in English, but the dialogue had to be in German so it was interesting to say the least,” says German IV student Rita Passaglia’15.

The Heritage Sprachbad participants model the masks they made for Karneval. This was just one of many activities they participated in while in Estes Park.

The Heritage Sprachbad participants model the masks they made for Karneval. This was just one of many activities they participated in while in Estes Park.

Overall, the experience provides students with both the opportunity to practice their German speaking as well as meet new people.

“The experience was both fun and constructive. I was able to speak German with new people who I had never spoken with before, which helped me with my German by listening to people with different vocabularies and experiences in German than I had,” says Prinster.

Passaglia took away different lessons from the trip.

“One of the biggest things I learned is that some of the best experiences are way out of your comfort zone. I was not expecting to love the friends I made last year as much   as I do, it’s a random bunch, but a good one!” she says.

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