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The Richmond in Europe Association works closely with the Tandem-Büro, based at the University of Konstanz, which brings together native speakers to learn one another’s language. All you need to do is to register (free of charge) & the Büro will find you a partner in your chosen language. All levels are catered for from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. You can communicate by email or Skype as often as you like or meet each other in Richmond or Konstanz.
One of our members, Lisa Schommer, works at the Tandem-Büro and will be happy to help you. Lisa speaks German & Spanish fluently. English is her third language. She writes,
“Working in the Tandem-Büro is great. We have our offices on the 7th floor &, on a clear day, we can see the Alps. I have been working here for 2 years & each semester is different & exciting. We work mainly with native German speakers, but also exchange students with a variety of languages who want to learn from each other. The programme thrives upon the variety of speakers we have here & without them & their interest in learning different languages we would not exist. We get to know so many people from all around the world & that is something I really appreciate a lot in my work.”
About 1500 people are registered with the Tandem-Büro, but there are very few native English speakers, who are much in demand. Most Germans learn English from other Germans which is not as good as learning from a native speaker. Ingo Seyfried wanted to converse with a native English speaker so he enrolled with the Tandem-Büro.
To read about his experience please click on the following link.
To register with the Tandem-Büro free of charge or to find out more information please click on the following link.
You can also learn German at the Humboldt-Institut in Konstanz. There is a range of residential courses for students over 18 & mature adults. For further information please click on the following links.
The Tandem-Büro is just one example of the many flourishing connections between the twin towns. Several clubs & associations in the Richmond area already have links with similar clubs & associations in Fontainebleau & Konstanz and many more are seeking partners.
Latest Partnership Confirmed
August 2018. Following a very successful trip to France the Palewell Common Boules & Pétanque Club has just confirmed a partnership with Le Club de Boules de Fontainebleau-Avon.
For further details about pétanque in Richmond please contact Len Griffiths on 0208 878 6865 or 07904 119521
For further details about boules or pétanque in France please contact Lorna Guerin.
St. Mary’s Tennis Club, Isleworth, has a partnership with Konstanz Tennis Club.
For further information about tennis please contact Alan Mockford on 0208 890 0202
The Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club has links with both Konstanz & Fontainebleau Golf Clubs.
For further information about golf please contact
Paul Crowe on 0208 940 1894
Bu’sen Martial Arts School, Twickenham has links with both Konstanz & Fontainebleau.
For further information contact Shelly Perry on 0208 892 3338
The Richmond Music Trust has strong links with
& the conservatoire de musique in Fontainebleau
The European Youth Orchestra comprises musicians from all 3 towns plus Lodi in Italy.
For further information about the Richmond Music Trust please contact Aileen Douthwaite on:
0208 538 3866
Thames Philharmonic Choir is twinned with Sinfonischer Chor in Konstanz
For further information please contact Philip Morris on 0208 876 6487
St. Margaret’s Elastic Band is linked with Union Musicale de Fontainebleau & has performed many times at functions in all 3 towns.
For further information about St. Margaret’s Elastic Band please contact Antony Ellman on 0208 878 5882
The Richmond Art Society has links with Art Fontainebleau.
For further information about art please contact Paul Douglas on:
0208 780 9465
firstname.lastname@example.org (for Art Fontainebleau)
Teddington School has a annual exchange with the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz.
Hampton & Lady Eleanor Holles Schools have an annual exchange with Ellenrieder Gymnasium in Konstanz.
St. Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill, is linked with the University of Konstanz through the Erasmus+ programme.
The University of Konstanz enjoys an idyllic location
For further details please contact
email@example.com in England
or Melanie Hochstätter in Germany
Katharina Land from the University of Konstanz is currently (October 2018) studying English at St. Mary’s. She writes, ” I decided to spend a semester at St. Mary’s because of its proximity to London & its reputation of having a familiar & welcoming community. So far I am enjoying my life in England very much & I start my days excited to see which opportunities are going to arise for me. I love to explore London’s museums & attractions and I often read in the beautiful Richmond Park. I know that this Erasmus semester allows me to meet amazing people, develop my English and grow as a person in many ways and I am very thankful for all of that.”
Also currently in Richmond from Konstanz is Tina Merzan. She is also studying English at St. Mary’s. She writes, “I decided to study in Twickenham because it is so close to London. The exciting capital offers many opportunities for people who are interested in culture, art, literature & the theatre. I’m enjoying being close to a foreign culture and exploring all its uniqueness & differences. My favourite places are Camden Town by night & Bushy Park. London is a melting point for exciting foreign cultures and there is always something new to explore. The first time I went to Richmond I was fascinated by its cosy cafes & bars. Richmond Park is definitely the highlight of the borough. I’m glad that I have got the chance to study in such great a country as England.”
Montana Twinem (22) from Konstanz recently read English & Media Studies at St. Mary’s through the Erasmus programme. She says, “The urge to expand my horizon is what led me to study at St. Mary’s. Situated in a peaceful suburban area, yet close to the centre of London, it enjoys a perfect location. However it is not only the social & cultural experience which makes my time here so special. Equally important was the great course choice. With fantastic & demanding lecturers, my classes in English & film/media studies have challenged me to go the extra mile & seize any potential I might have. The people I have met & the things I have learned will stay with me forever and I can only recommend Erasmus & St. Mary’s to anyone who is thinking about a change of scenery.”
Marie Herbert is another student from the University of Konstanz who recently studied at St. Mary’s as part of the Erasmus scheme. She writes,”I am very glad that the Erasmus programme has made it possible for me to study here for a semester. This has enabled me to improve my English & to learn about different cultures & people. I am studying media arts & creative writing, which fit in with the programme in my home university, but at the same time they offer different aspects and a more practice-oriented way of learning. The small size of the St. Mary’s campus made it easy for me to find my way around & there are several places to explore in the vicinity, like Teddington, Richmond & Kingston, which otherwise I probably would not have visited. And of course it is easy to get to the vibrant city centre of London. In addition, St. Mary’s offers a huge range of sports, which gave me the possibility to stay fit during my time away from my team sport at home. My time in England & at St. Mary’s has gifted me with a lot of new experiences & adventures & new friends to enjoy them with.”
The Friends of Richmond Park are linked with Les Amis de la Forêt de Fontainebleau.
For further information please contact Ron Crompton on 0208 876 1123
Richmond Bridge Club has links with the Bridge Club de Fontainebleau & Bridge Club Konstanz
For further information please contact Marietta on 0208 892 2170
REA is also linked with
which welcomes francophones & francophiles from the Richmond area. For further details please click on the above link or telephone Cedric Marx on 07942 999943
The Guildford Twinning Association
Guildford is twinned with Freiburg, which is also in Baden-Württemberg & not too far from Konstanz. For more information about the Guildford Twinning Association please click on the following link.
REA is also partnered with the British German Association. Please click on the following link for further details.
If you would like to link your club or association with one in Konstanz or Fontainebleau please contact:
or phone Carol Wain on 07580 885145