Every summer Cheltenham sees an influx of students from its twin towns. In July this year the Mayor welcomed 48 students from Annecyand 20 from Weihai.
The students were all attending the international summer school run by Gloucestershire College, where they take part in language lessons, sporting and sightseeing activities and all stay with local host families.
A group of 10 young people from Gottingen were also in Cheltenham from 26 July to 6 August on a sport and language visit. These visits give the young people a brilliant opportunity to experience family life with a British family and to gain confidence in speaking English.