Exchange topics

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The GAVE program is divided into topics that all follow the same blueprint, or ‘Fahrplan,’ as we say in German. Each packet focuses on one student-centered topic. Starting with getting to know you activities and culminating in interesting exchange projects, your students will have fun while learning more about the German language and culture as they interact with their German counterparts.

Getting started

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GAVE webinar Vorschau © GAPP

Watch the video to find out exactly how GAVE works!

student recruitment

Download our flyer for students to get them excited about participating in GAVE!

Preparation phase

Teacher and students © Colourbox

Here you will find all of the resources you need to organize your exchange. In this phase you will work with your German exchange coordinator to decide on the number of students participating, choose the theme of the exchange, and have students fill out information sheets about themselves so that you can pair them with a German exchange student.

Virtual exchange topics

language track

German language level: A1-A2            English language level: B1-B2

Junge Frau mit Kopfhoerern © Getty Images

Topic: Everyday life

Students will learn about what everyday life looks like in Germany vs. the U.S.


Bullying © Colourbox

Topic: Bullying

Students will learn more about their similarities and differences as they become advocates for one another.


Kinder pflanzen © Getty Images

Topic: Shopping / Sustainable living

Students will reflect on the environmental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as their own personal carbon footprint.


Haende Flaggen © Colourbox

Topic: Diversity

Students will reflect on their awareness of themselves and the diversity in their classroom and beyond.

Sport an der Schule © Colourbox

Topic: Sports

Students will discuss the role that sport plays in their own lives, in their school, and in the society at large.


Cultural exchange track

English language level: A1-B2

Junge Frau mit Kopfhoerern © Getty Images

Topic: Everyday life

Students will learn about what everyday life looks like in Germany vs. the U.S.  


Conclusion and reflection

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The culmination of the exchange experience involves reflecting on the program and meeting with your exchange partners as a group to present your projects. Here are the materials you and your students need to reflect on your recent German-American Virtual Exchange.


Participation certificates and feedback

Please fill out the questionnaire to submit your exchange documentation for participation certificates.

Teachers and students on both sides of the exchange are asked to fill out a short survey to help us improve GAVE.

GAPP would like to thank Christiane Bolte-Costabiei and Stefan Häring for developing materials for the GAVE project.