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GAPP Alums: We want to hear your story!

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GAPP alumni can be found all over the U.S. and Germany! Since 1972, GAPP has supported more than 400,000 students to go on exchange trips to Germany or the United States. That's an amazing amount of experiences, encounters, and stories that have led to lifelong growth and friendships! 

GAPP would like to hear about the experiences, places, and people from the time of your stay abroad that made a lasting impression on you. We want to know how your exchange influenced you on a personal and professional level. 

If you are a GAPP alum and would like to share your story, please contact Sandra Niggemann ( We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Success Stories

Meet some of our GAPP alumni and see how a short-term high school exchange has changed their lives and influenced the paths they have taken.

If you participated in a GAPP exchange and you would like us to tell your story, please contact us at We might feature your story here on our website or on Facebook!

GAPP - Alumni Isaiah (Zugspitze) Photo (detail) © I. Cram
"I have always wanted to travel from a young age. However, I never actually had the opportunity to travel out of the United States before this," writes Isaiah Cram from Jackson, MI, about his 3-week GAPP trip to Germany. Read about Isaiah's experiences in Germany and how he thinks the exchange has changed his life. Read more

Foto Katie Henley Foto: Goethe-Institut
Katie Henly currently works as the Program Coordinator for Germany at Intercultural Student Experiences, a Minnesota based non-profit, helping German language teachers across the country plan their exchange trips to Germany. Read more

Foto Cari Schmitz Foto: Goethe-Institut
Cari Schmitz participated in a GAPP exchange in 2005. Now she is interning at a company in Einbeck in Germany, before starting her Ph.D. Read more


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