It may be summer, but seven Bucklin High School students are still studying hard, in Germany.
The school recently joined the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) and was connected with a public boarding school in Marquarstein Germany.
"LSH Marquartstein [the partner school] was chosen because it's actually very similar to Bucklin," Jason Crawford, principal of Bucklin High School said. "They're both very rural towns, where farming is a big industry."
Although the school is a boarding school, they also allow students to commute from home, so Bucklin students are living with host families for their month long stay.
"They're getting the full experience of living in a different country," Crawford said, "not only the education, but also the home and personal lives of Germans."
To be selected for the trip Bucklin students had to be going into their sophomore through senior year in the upcoming school year, be in good academic standing and take a language class offered by Pratt Community College.
"We reached out to the community to help us support this project," Crawford said, "and the response we received was great, we were able to get funding support, so that if a student was interested they wouldn't be turned away simply because they couldn't afford the trip.
The students left earlier this month and have been attending classes and learning a lot about the German culture already.
The last week of the trip the students will travel to Berlin for a capstone project to learn about the post World War II relations between Germany and the United States.
This fall, students from Germany will travel Bucklin to study for a month.
"We're excited to host the German students and hope they see all the great things we have to offer here in Southwest Kansas," Crawford said.
The purpose of GAPP is to foster relationships with individuals you might not have an opportunity to meet otherwise and promote globalization.
Crawford is excited to be a part of the program and hopes that more students will participate in the future.
To see what the Bucklin students have been doing in Germany, follow their journey on their blog at http://bucklingapp.wordpress.com/.