Kyran helps Jan Hendric demonstrate hand ball, Hendric’s favorite
sport in Germany
Visitors from Handrup, Germany, recently spent time in Chamberlain, South Dakota at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Kristina and Jan Hendric attend St. Joseph’s sister school, Gymnasium Leonium, in Handrup.

The two visited in late September with Julia, their chaperone and teacher at Gymnasium Leonium.

“This exchange between our schools is meant to provide students from both places with the experience of another country and culture,” said Shana, St. Joseph’s High School and Support Services Director. “It’s a priceless learning opportunity.”

During their time at St. Joseph’s, Kristina and Jan talked with younger students about their travel experience and life in their home country.

Evenings were spent with our high school students in their St. Joseph’s homes. 

St. Joseph’s German visitors learned about Lakota culture during St. Joseph’s annual wacipi powwow.
On weekends and during other free time, the visitors toured the sights and experienced Native American culture in South Dakota.

In addition to visiting the Black Hills, the visitors attended St. Joseph’s annual wacipi powwow and the annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park.

Other South Dakota stops were the Journey Museum, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

“It was wonderful to be able to return the hospitality that was shown to our students this summer,” said Pam, who chaperoned two of St. Joseph’s high school students on a visit to Germany.

Last June, St. Joseph’s students Andrea and Cody visited Gymnasium Leonium, which was also founded by the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

They stayed with host families and shared with students in Germany about the United States, South Dakota, and their Native American culture.

In return, Andrea and Cody learned about life in Germany, seeing many wonderful sites and becoming familiar with the German educational system.


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