German exchange students get a taste of life on the Sapphire Coast

German exchange students limber up before a surfing lesson at Pambula Beach.
German exchange students limber up before a surfing lesson at Pambula Beach.

A group of 60 exchange students and seven leaders travelled to Pambula Beach for a week-long Coastlife Adventures camp recently.

The exchange students were on a 10 week program from Germany organised by the Association of German Teachers Victoria (AGTV) and the Bayerischer Jugendring (BJR). This exchange program has been running for over 25 years and this was the third year that Pambula Beach was chosen.

“This year’s camp was a huge success,” said Marie Ankenbrand

German group leader.

The students camped at Pambula Beach Discovery Park and at Gillards Beach in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

The highlights of the camp at Pambula Beach were the surfing lessons and the beach activities, including kayaking, body boarding and surf awareness training. 

“We were very lucky to have sunny, calm weather for the duration of the camp, which allowed us to participate in all activities organised by Coastlife Adventures,” said Ms Ankenbrand.

“The bush camp at Gillards Beach was a real highlight for the German students who had never experienced wilderness camping right next to the ocean. The students cooked their own meals on Trangia stoves, enjoyed the evening around the camp fire and bushwalked from the Gillards Beach camp to Mogareeka. The river crossing at Nelson’s Lagoon was definitely a fun challenge for everyone!

“Our whole group really enjoyed their Coastlife Adventures Camp and were reluctant to leave beautiful Pambula Beach when it came time to return to Melbourne,” Ms Ankenbrand said.