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In line with the strategic goals of the Goethe-Institut, the Friends concentrate on projects which encourage and promote social mobility. They therefore offer young people from the UK the change to experience Germany first-hand. Therefore, the Friends are currently supporting the following initiatives:

Current Projects

Hear about our current project.

Green Sauce Cookshow © Goethe-Institut London

Green Sauce Workshop Series

A cooking workshop on the topic of sustainable cooking. More infos to follow soon. 


This workshop series will give pupils in year six a first taste of German. 



This workshop series will give pupils in year six a first taste of German. 

different art projects creating a frame around the words "Exchange2Change" ©Goethe-Institut London


“Exchange2Change” is an exchange format for young people aged 14 to 17 in the UK and Germany that aims to rethink the idea of education and engagement with language through alternative learning methods. 


The participants develop a joint art project (music, dance, photography, poetry, visual arts), get to know each other and the daily lives, culture and language of their exchange partners. The participants gain an insight into artistic professions through theoretical input and practical experience. After the exchange, they will receive a work experience certificate.

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Sag's Mir - Podcasting Projekt 2020 © Goethe-Institut London

Sag’s mir - Podcasting Project 2020

In lieu of in-person work experience in Germany, the podcasting project which ran from 2020-21 created an online immersive environment for German learners across the country to connect, practise their German, learn new skills, and gain insight into the project work of the Goethe-Institut London. 


The podcast “Sag’s Mir: Der Podcast für Jugendliche, von Jugendlichen” is the resulting product, created, marketed and produced by students ages 16-18 from across the UK, and aims to emphasise the importance of German in different sectors.

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Work Shadowing in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany © Goethe-Institut

Work Shadowing Programme in Schwäbisch Hall (Germany)

This project took 20 and more young people from all around the UK to Schwäbisch Hall in Southern Germany for a five-day first-hand work experience in small and medium sized companies and organisations.


In addition, there was an extensive cultural programme.

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Football connects! (Title foto) © Goethe-Institut | Martina Case

Football connects!

This project gave young people from the Greater London area with career aspirations in and around football the opportunity to experience the German world of football, gaining an insight in training, coaching and football-related careers during a four-day visit to the FC Cologne. 


This project was partly facilitated through Arsenal FC.

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Teaching German © Canva To ensure long term sustainability of those projects, the Goethe-Institut London organises annual alumni meetings for the participants and encourages alumni to talk about their experiences to their peers.

The feedback from the alumni of the projects mentioned above has been extremely positive, with participants valuing highly the insight into another culture. Participants also reported high levels of motivation towards language learning and personal development on their return from Germany.