How do Americans spend their old age

Leisure time in the USA

Leisure time in the USA

For American teenagers, school and school aren't that far apart, you'll notice that during your high school year. But school doesn't always have to be boring! Whether cheering on the school team, as a “catcher” of the baseball team or staging a Shakespeare play - you cannot escape the unique American “school spirit” even in your free time. But the moments with your host family and new friends are also important and will be some of the best memories when you return. So make the most of your (free) time in the land of unlimited possibilities!

Free time at school: sports, groups and clubs

Most American adolescents spend a large part of their free time at school - difficult for us in Germany to imagine. Schools in the USA offer numerous "extracurricular activities", such as various sports, clubs and working groups. Here you can not only pursue your interests during your student exchange in the USA, but also make friends. Overall, the school and the sense of community, the so-called »School Spirit«, play a major role there. Be it at competitions of the high school team or at various proms and school balls.

The American Way of Life

American teenagers spend much of their free time in school and doing extracurricular activities. They spend the rest of the time, just like you probably do, meeting friends, watching TV, or surfing the Internet. Many young people also do volunteer work in charitable community organizations or in the church.

Sport is very important to many Americans, be it as an active athlete or as a spectator. Baseball, basketball, and American football are particularly popular sports. Especially the Super Bowl, the season finale of the American football professional league, is the Sports event and almost an unofficial national holiday with numerous festivities. Even if you are not interested in sports, you should not miss the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and euphoria at such a sporting event for yourself.

  • football
  • Cheerleading
  • basketball
  • Baseball / softball
  • lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • athletics
  • swim
  • Field hockey
  • tennis
  • golf
  • volleyball

There are also, depending on the high school, different clubs and groups with which you can spend your free time:

  • Theatre club
  • Debating Club
  • School band
  • orchestra
  • Choir
  • Chess club
  • School newspaper

So you have the unique chance to discover a new hobby, make friends and get to know the American "school spirit".

Host family and friends

Of course, the host family is also an important part of your stay abroad, so you should spend time with family members. Be it at dinner together, on an excursion or just in everyday life - use the opportunity to get to know your "temporary family" better. Even small moments weld you together and make your adventure abroad even more beautiful. You will also learn a lot about American culture and way of life.

Spending time with friends is just as important and enjoyable. It will take a while to make good friends, but if you approach your classmates in an open and friendly manner, you won't be alone for long. In our travel tip »Make friends« you will find some tips on how and where you can make new friends. Whether you're going to the mall with your friends to go shopping, the next school team football game or just have a coffee, enjoy the time with them and maybe acquaintances will become friendships for life.

Excursions and trips

While you're there, it's a good idea to explore the surrounding area and other regions of the United States. Some partner organizations or schools offer various trips and excursions lasting several days, during which you can get to know the country and its people better. What you have to keep in mind, however, is that these trips come with additional costs and you should plan the money for such trips in advance.

If you are lucky, your host family will take you on an excursion or two. But you should keep in mind that she is not obliged to do so. In any case, you shouldn't miss an opportunity to get to know the United States and its different landscapes and cultures better.

No time to be homesick

Especially at the beginning of your exchange year, when the exciting first days are over and you have time to breathe deeply, you may feel a little homesick for loved ones at home. However, it is not advisable to spend all of your free time on the phone / e-mail home. Rather concentrate your energy on being open-minded and curious about your host family and classmates and trying out new hobbies. Your leisure time will go by itself faster than you think and you will experience many great moments.


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