GAIWC, KHS students visit European Parliament

On Oct. 25, Gudrun Westing, the German American International Women’s Club youth chairwoman, and American club president Rachel Riegel took students
from Kaiserslautern High School’s Model United Nations program and Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Kaiserslautern on a day trip to Strasbourg, France, where they visited the European Parliament.

On arrival, the group visited the Liebfrauen Cathedral and the historic old town. After lunch, they traveled by boat directly to the European Parliament.

The architecture of the buildings impressed the group because the complex, completed in 1999, creates an “unfinished” impression and thus indicates the unfinished nature of Europe. On the way to the plenary session, the group saw former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder hurry past, which caused excitement, especially among the German students.

Then, the students visited a live session and listened on headphones as the debate was simultaneously translated into the EU’s 23 official languages.  Afterward, the students had the opportunity to meet with Member of European Parliament Kurt Lechner to discuss European policy.

The trip was fun and informative for all participants. It also further strengthened the club goal: “Establish, Maintain and Promote German-American friendship.”
The club wishes to thank KHS principal Dr. Jennifer Beckwith and teacher Mitch Tobias who helped make this trip possible.

The GAIWC is planning further joint activities with young people of both nations.
For more information, e-mail Gudrun Westing at General club information can also be found online at

(Courtesy of GAIWC)