THREE German hospitality students are enjoying a taste of the English lifestyle in a trip arranged by Kendal’s twin town Rinteln.

A trio of female students arrived from Elizabeth Selbert Schule in Hamelin earlier this month to spend four weeks at Kendal College.

They have joined in classes including the Higher National Certificate course in Hospitality Management and are this week on work placements across the region.

Anna Weitkamp, Lisa Kiwitt and Michelle Keitemeier, all 19, are studying varying hospitality and catering related courses in the European country.

Graeme Hedley, manager of Kendal College’s restaurant, said: “Student exchanges present fantastic opportunities for students to share skills.

“The students are experiencing our culture and service style and improving their English.”

As well as attending the prestigious school the students train at an impressive hotel school nearby.

Lisa said: “We were given the choice of placements in Hungary, France, Austria and England but we chose England.”

Funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci Long Life Learning Programme, the scheme will also see Kendal students visit Berlin in the future.

Roswitha Hoekstra, tutor at Hamelin College, said: “The scheme has taken nearly two years to set up and I am so pleased to be in Kendal with our first group of hospitality students.”

An event, organised by the Kendal-Rinteln Association, is taking place Thursday (Feb 27) at Kendal Town Hall where locals will have the chance to taste German food and wine.

The students will also be talking about their favourite dishes from their region.

The twinning was initiated by the then Deputy Mayor of Kendal, John Studholme, at a public meeting in July 1991.

The Kendal-Rinteln Association was formed, and the partnership was officially started by the signing of the Twinning Charter on Kendal Torchlight evening in 1992.