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Update from a former FSA student

Hi Petra,

My name is Robyne P**** and in October 2002 - January 2003 I was placed with a family in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

I remember meeting Lodie de Jager in Pretoria for the interview. He asked me how I would tell my host mom I wanted a soft boiled egg. And I remember thinking - I don’t like eggs. Why would I ask her for that?
Lodie had to somehow push me to a decent answer, but I’ll never forget how confused I was at the time and how silly my answers were.

I stayed with the Sch***** family in a small town of roughly 2500 people. Back then, Roßla wasn’t even in the map and I was convinced I was going to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere and left there.
But it all turned out OK.

I am now 35 years old and 20 years later still have contact to my host family. My host sister grew to be one of the best friends I’ve ever had, she I ended up moving to Germany to be close to her and my host family.
I thought of sending you this message, because as she left my apartment today, she said: “Funny how Dad just found an ad in the paper once for an exchange student and that changed our lives”.

I want to thank you for having this program. It honestly has changed my life.

I have attached a photo that we took today of my host sister, her fiancé and two children, and with me and my wife. I’ll see my host parents next week and can gladly send more photos then :)

Thank you again.


Danke für diesen wahnsinnig schönen Teil meines Lebens!

Es ist sehr schwer 6 Monate zusammenfassen aber rückblickend kann ich sagen, das diese 6 Monate in Pretoria zu den schönsten meines Lebens gehören!
Es war eine unvergessliche Zeit die ich auch während Corona, bei meiner Gastfamilie die mir sehr an das Herzen gewachsen ist, genossen habe!
In eine Schule in Südafrika zu gehen ist unglaublich unterschiedlich und deswegen so wahnsinnig besonders. Es war eine super tolle Erfahrung, mit meinem Gastbruder und den Jungs von Boys High in die Schule zu gehen.
Ich freu mich jetzt schon darauf meine Gastfamilie wieder zu sehen !

Vielen Dank für alles !


Hallo liebes Team vom FSA
Es ist gerade sehr ruhig geworden um eure Organisation. Aber wie sollte es auch anders sein in diesen schweren Zeiten, die wir durchstehen müssen. Und gerade deshalb wollen wir, als Familie, ein herzliches Dankeschön in euer Gästebuch schreiben.
Heute ist in Südafrika 🇿🇦 Happy-fathers-Day.
Marie, skypt immer noch oft mit ihrem "Bruder" Tilman in Pretoria. Heute denkt sie ganz besonders an ihre Familie dort. Und noch immer bekommt sie feuchte Augen, wenn sie sich an diese schöne Zeit erinnert. Heute gingen ganz besonders viele Grüße nach Pretoria. Sie hatte, dank euch, eine wundervolle Zeit in einer besonderen Familie.
Aber auch wir haben eine besondere Beziehung nach Johannesburg. Vor fünfzehn kam, über eure Organisation, Jaco zu uns. Wir haben das Privileg, das wir bis heute eine innige Freundschaft pflegen. Eigentlich sind wir eine große Familie geworden. Wir waren zu seiner Hochzeit, gemeinsam im Urlaub, verbringen Zeit mit seiner Familie, wenn es uns möglich ist. Wir sind so dankbar, dass wir uns für einen Schüleraustausch entschieden haben. Heute gingen liebe Grüße an ihn. Zum ersten Mal gratulieren wir ihm zum Vatertag. Wir sind so stolz auf ihn. Er hat eine wundervolle Frau und eine herzallerliebste kleine Tochter.
Und wir sind mit dabei.
Das macht uns sehr glücklich.
Deshalb nochmal ein herzliches Dankeschön an euch alle.
Wir hoffen, dass wir alle gut durch diese stürmische Pandemie kommen und gesund bleiben.
Auch wenn nach Corona vieles anders sein wird, hoffe ich, dass ihr noch vielen jungen Menschen ermöglichen könnt, diese wunderbaren Erfahrungen machen zu können.
Bleibt gesund und behütet
Liebe Grüße Anke, Matthias und Marie

Es war eine tolle Zeit

Eine Reise nach Südafrika kann ich jedem empfehlen. Ich werde definitiv zurückkommen und das Western Cape wird immer meine zweite Heimat sein.

Almost home

What an amazing journey this has been! Besides all the beautiful places I've seen and the amazing people I've met, I think I've grown a lot these past few weeks. I became more independant and thankful for the things I have. I've been so blessed with this exchange. Thanks again for this great opportunity!

Germany, I will miss you.


I had an amazing time in Germany and it’s heartbreaking to be leaving so soon. My host family were inviting and every day was an adventure. Thankyou Germany to opening my eyes and sharing your culture with me.

Wish you well!

The time I spent here was really amazing. I learned so many new things and made the best memories with the Bartel family. Every minute I spent with them I enjoyed. I am so happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and got to experience the german culture.

In love

It's been new experiences from the get-go, and I've constantly been busy with activities with my family.

I get along really well with my family, and I'm very pleased that I was placed with them. I love the culture, the food, the people, the activities, the language, everything.

I wish I am able to stay longer, and especially to be able to go to school here, so I am certain that I have no choice but to visit again some day. The experience has only further convinced me that I want to move to Germany.

I'm really thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me, and I'm very content to be able to celebrate Christmas and my birthday here with them, as well as end the 2010's on such a high note.

I am pleased with my Host Family

I am experiencing new things on a daily basis that are both positive and negative. The Bratwurst is especially a winner and all the other fresh food.
I am just finding it hard to get used to the language the family uses l, because i am a Christian and they are not so our values and manners differ alot.


All is Well with exchange and i have enjoyed the past few weeks of experience very much . i’m coping well away from home .

wonderful experience

Dear Petra,

I'm good thanks yourself? It has been a wonderful experience ever since i arrived at my home here, Daniella and Dieter have been a wonderful family to me making sure i enjoy my stay here. I've been to Hamburg,the Christmas markets,punch world and we visited historical sights and i have met the grandparents of Jasmin also. I have had an opportunity to experience church in Germany and i loved it so much.The school we work at with Jasmin is ok but i love the children more than anything. The difficulties i have faced so far are the language barriers,criticism and ignorance but overall it has been an amazing experience so far. I cannot wait for the Holidays to begin so my family and i can be together more often and hopefully Jasmin will have time to be with me then.

Yours Sincerly,

German family

The family is really caring and are helping me so much. They also learn me so much of the culture.

So happy😊🇩🇪

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to thank FSA for this amazing opportunity! It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget.
The people here are so kind and nice and it is so exciting to be here. Some days are a bit colder than the rest but it really is worth it. Germany is a beautiful place with amazing people.
Truly in love with where I am!

Best time

My time in Germany is great. It has only been a few days but I can already tell that I will cry when saying goodbye. I already feel a good connection between myself and my host family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧this is the best program to learn more about yourself and how to adapt in new and unfamiliar situations. Thanks to my parent for giving me this opportunity to experience different things.

Finally in Germany

So we finally arrived in Germany. What a beautiful place! I love my host family, they are all so nice to me and I learn a lot from them. I've been feeling a bit homesick these first few days, but it seems to be getting better. I'm still very thankful for this opportunity and everything it has to offer!

Very happy with my hosts

I’m very happy with my host family. Thank you so much.

I am very happy here in Germany

I have arrived at my host family and I feel very welcome here. I arrived a few days ago and so far I have gone to school with my host sister and we went to a christmas market yesterday. I am having a great time here in Germany and I look forward to the next few weeks here.


Firstly I would like to thank FSA for this great opportunity for a change of scenery. I truly appreciate it and I am very grateful.
My host family has showered me with kindness and have been really helpful to the extent that I'm not even homesick.
Looking forward to many more good times with them

Kind regards,


My host family has been nothing but kind and welcoming too me.I’m having a great time with them and getting to know them better.

Confirmation Of Stay With Host Family

Dear Petra

I am very pleased with my host family and the way in which they have been treating me. I honestly could not have asked for a better family. I have been having so much fun lately and enjoying the experience.

School is also great. I’ve met many wonderful people so far and the educational system is really interesting. Thank you for everything and I hope you have a great weekend ahead.