Meine Ferien German Essay Contest

Have you ever been on a rather adventurous trip, like a safari in Africa or a trip through India? Then tell your story about this outstanding experience similar to my example below:

In den Sommerferien habe ich eine Whale-Watching-Tour in Kanada gemacht. Dabei war ich mit 8 weiteren Teilnehmern und 2 Gruppenleitern für fünf Tage mit Kajaks auf dem Meer zwischen Vancouver Island und dem Festland unterwegs. Am Abend bevor die Tour startete traf sich die Gruppe in einem Restaurant auf Quadra Island zur Vorbesprechung der Tour. Dies war eine gute Gelegenheit, die anderen Teilnehmer schon ein bisschen kennen zu lernen. Die Gruppenleiter zeigten uns außerdem schon mal den Verlauf der Tour auf der Landkarte. Nach einer Übernachtung in einem tollen Ferienhaus auf Quadra Island, welches eine kleine vorgelagerte Insel vor Vancouver Island ist und welche nur per Fähre erreichbar ist, wurden wir am nächsten Morgen abgeholt und sind ein paar Stunden in den Norden von Vancouver Island bis nach Telegraph Cove gefahren. Dort haben wir die Kajaks und alles was wir brauchten auf ein Motorboot geladen und sind damit zu einer kleinen, unbewohnten Insel in der Nähe gefahren. Dort haben wir unsere erste Nacht ohne Strom, fließendes Wasser und Handyempfang verbracht. Wir schliefen in Zelten, und das Plumpsklo war tief im dunklen Wald verborgen. Einige Mädchen wollten nicht allein dorthin gehen, aus Angst, von wilden Tieren gebissen zu werden. Alle Tiere, die ich dort gesehen habe, waren auf dem Wasser. Es gab Buckelwale, Orcas, Seehunde, lila Seesterne und viele verschiedene Vögel zu sehen. Wir haben vom Kajak aus viele Fotos geschossen. Jeden Tag sind wir woanders hingepaddelt und haben uns einen neuen Schlafplatz gesucht. Deshalb mussten wir immer all unsere Sachen im Kajak verstauen. Das war zuerst recht kompliziert und hat lange gedauert. So eine Reise hatte ich vorher noch nie gemacht und alles war sehr aufregend. Eine Reise, die man nicht vergisst.

And here is my English version:

I went on a whale watching trip to Canada during summer vacation. Eight other participants and two group leaders took part, and the trip took place on the sea between Vancouver Island and the continent. The night before the tour started, the group met in a restaurant on Quadra Island to talk about the structure of the tour. It was also a great opportunity to get to know the other participants a bit, and the group leaders showed us the route on a map. After staying overnight in a lovely holiday house on Quadra Island, which can only be reached by ferry and is situated off the shores of Vancouver Island, we were picked up in the morning and had to drive for some hours to the north of Vancouver Island to a little port called Telegraph Cove. There we put the kayaks and all the stuff we needed onto a motorboat and drove to an unpopulated little island nearby. There we spent our first night without electricity, running water, or cell phone reception. We slept in tents, and the pit latrine was hidden in the dark forest. Some girls didn't dare to go there on their own because they were afraid that they could have been bitten by wild animals. The animals that I saw were all on the water. You could see humpback whales, orcas, seals, purple starfish, and lots of different birds. We took many photos from our kayaks. Everyday, we paddled somewhere else and looked for another place to sleep. Therefore, we always had to take all our stuff with us in the kayaks. That was quite complicated first and took a long time. I had never been on a journey like that before, and everything was exciting to me. A journey you will never forget.

Essay Contest for High School and College Students

Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AATG


The German-American Hall of Fame (GAMHOF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Student Scholarship Essay Contest. The mission of the German-American Hall of Fame is to highlight the contributions of outstanding Americans of German ancestry, underscoring the tremendous positive impact of America's largest immigrant group.

Applicants are asked to write an essay, in 750 words or less, about the impact of an athlete of German descent in the United States. The athlete can be male or female, immigrant or not. But the athlete's primary impact should be in the United States.

With separate competitions for college and high school students, the essay contest will offer cash awards totaling $3,500 for the winning students in 2018. The two first prize winners will each take home $1,000, with runners-up winning $500 each, and third place winners earning $250 prizes. Students who will have graduated high school prior to July 31, 2018 should enter the college competition. Student who have completed their Bachelor's/college degrees are not eligible for this competition.

The GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest application can be found here. The deadline for applications is Monday, January 15, 2018.

 

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