Denmark Exchange Program Information
Every year or two, CCHS participates in the Denmark Exchange Program. Students from Slagelse Gymnasium in Slagelse, Denmark visit CCHS in the fall, while CCHS students visit their new Danish friends over April break. The program is a cultural and social exchange where students build lasting relationships with their host families. The History and English classes in Slagelse have incorporated the exchange into their curriculum.
Mr. Coan is the Coordinator — this year Ms. Wozniak from Social Studies was the co-chaperone.
The program is taking applications for the 2018-19 exchange. We expect to host the Danish students in October of 2018 and then we will travel to Denmark during April of 2019. Interested students and families can contact Mr. Coan for application materials. Students will complete a short application form and obtain one recommendation from a CCHS faculty member. Deadline is May 31st, 2018.
A few snapshots of the Danes visit in October of 2017.
We’re off!!! Heading to Copenhagen from Boston, April 12th, 2018!!!!
We had a great flight, everyone’s luggage made it safe, and we journeyed the one hour bus ride to Slagelse to see our hosts and spend the day shadowing them at school. A little tired … perhaps!
During the weekend students spent time with host families doing various activities and our hosts showed us around the Copenhagen area.
Monday :: Trellborg
On Monday both CCHS and Danish students visited the Trellborg Viking Museum. We learned about the history of the site, played some Viking games and made flat breads over an open fire!
Tuesday :: Roskilde
Tuesday the CCHS group spent all day in the town of Roskilde – an awesome place with many sights! We spent the morning at the Roskilde Vikingship Museum, where recreations of five actual viking ships were restored. Quite the living history! After lunch we walked to the Roskilde Cathedral in the center of town. The weather was gorgeous and we even frolicked in a park 🙂
Wednesday :: Elsinore
Wednesday brought us north of Copenhagen to the lovely town of Elsinore (Helsingør) which is best known for Kronborg Castle – the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The town is also just across the straight from Sweden. CCHS students and their Danish friends toured the castle and the town on another gorgeous day. The group was happy but sleepy on the ride home. Arriving back at Slagelse, there was a tinge of sadness as this was the last full day everyone would spend together. We dined on great food and ice cream cake, with the Danish families joining in too.
Thursday :: Goodbye Slagelse, Hello Copenhagen
Thursday morning brought many laughs and tears as we had to say goodbye to our friends at Slagelse Gymnasium. Their hospitality and friendship made us feel at home all week, even while roaming around the countryside. Naturally everyone is looking forward to the next exchange opportunity in a years time.
After we left Slagelese the CCHS group spent the day together in Copenhagen. We visited the Rosenborg Castle, home of the royal treasury – a fantastic castle, certainly one of our favorites. Then we took a guided bike tour along the waterfront. It was an unbelievable 70+ degrees and the city was alive and happy. Truly a great way to end our stay as a group.