TWIN FALLS • Two young German men are experiencing life in Twin Falls this fall as part of an exchange program.
Manuel Schreiber, 23, of Loeffingen, Germany, and Robin Winkelmann, 21, of Heiden, are in the year-long Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.
They’re among 75 German scholarship recipients studying at 59 colleges throughout the U.S.
The exchange aims to strengthen ties between German and U.S. young people. “It’s more to break down some stereotypes,” Schreiber said, and to experience different lifestyles and cultures.
Participants arrived in August and completed four days of orientation in New York. They’ll wrap up the program with a seminar in Washington, D.C., next summer.
Schreiber and Winkelmann will take a home-stay tour in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Twin Falls.
They’re both carpenters who have finished apprenticeships in Germany. Now they’re enrolled full-time in CSI’s cabinetmaking/woodworking program.
“It’s not like a school in Germany,” Schreiber said.
CSI’s campus is much larger and has extracurricular activities, Winkelmann said.
In Germany, many students go home after classes. Schreiber said he likes staying at CSI to study.
The college usually has four to six exchange students per semester. Typically, two are from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange.
The exchange works to link young professionals with relevant college programs, said Anita Tatge, CSI student services specialist and international student liaison.
“They really do a wonderful job of matching participants to institutions that meet their needs and wants.”
Tatge helps connect the visitors with host families and other resources they’ll need in the U.S.
In addition to their studies, Schreiber and Winkelmann plan to complete 40 hours of volunteer service for Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley.
They also have gotten to travel to Yellowstone National Park and Disneyland.