Elsa Nicolovius was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her engagement coordinating the GAPP exchange between Canton High School and Bocholt Gymnasium for 40 years. She has been recognized as the "human bridge between two cultures".
Since third grade the students from Chicago have been learning German, now it's their first time visiting Germany for the GAPP exchange. The mayor emphasizes how important these exchanges are: "Talking with each other and not about each other is of great importance."
"Hello Again" - this year the American exchange students visit Gaggenau, after their counterpart was in Colorado last fall. The mayor emphasizes: "A school exchange contributes to transcending historical, cultural and linguistical boundaries."
That has been a hard farewell after the theit time together in Gunzenhausen, Germany! The major was thankful for the exchange emphasizing that "those exchanges can and should reduce prejudices and foster mutual understanding, away from all the political discussions."
The American guests from the partner school in California unfortunately arrived without their luggage. But that couldn't stop the excitement! Especially because the exchange took place during the World Cup.
The partnership between the two schools has already lasted since 1973. A great program is waiting for the exchange students from the US: a warm welcome from the mayor, excursions to museums and a trip to Berlin!
For the very first time students from the Permian High School in texas visit the Tassilo Realschule in Erdig, Germany: "International understanding that opens boarders and establishes friendships."
06/09/2018, Calw und Umgebung: "Besseres Verständnis und mehr Toleranz"
Nine students from Illionois are visiting their exchange partners in Germany, after the German students had already been in the U.S. in February. The direcor of the Herman-Hesse-Gymnasium hopes that due to increasing nationalist tendencies in Europe, exchange programs like GAPP can lead to a better understanding as well as more tolerance for each other.
From Iowa to the Parliament of Saarland: Its president Toscani explains the political system of Germany to the GAPP students from the U.S. An exchange is especially about learning the language, but in times where German and American relationships are tensed, an exchange like this has another value: "It's very beneficial that every country interacts with another and we learn from the other culture. Having an open mind is knowing the people and knowing that we are all alike."
For many years English teachers from Herzog-Tassilo-Realschule have tried to build partnerships with U.S. High Schools and finally it worked! English teacher Mr. Hesse successfully participated in the GAPP training courses - and now, they welcomed visitors from Texas!
14 young Americans have gone on their adventure to Dübener Heide in Germany. They will spend three weeks at the Gräfenhainichener Paul-Gerhardt-Gymnasium, attending classes and also going on a journey of discovery!
Since 2004, the German department at Rock Island High School has partnered with the city of Rottenburg, Germany, in a German-American Partnership Program exchange. Every two years they participate in a school exchange.
10 students from Gymnasium Wiesentheid travelled to Arcata in California for their exchange at the Aracata High School. In June they are planning a reunion and the American counterpart will stay in Wiesentheid. The program is supported by the German and American Partnership Program (GAPP)!
15 students from IGS Kurt Schumacher participated in its first school exchange at the Camp High School in Gallatin Tennessee. The exchange was organized by the students as part of a USA study group and supported by the German and American Partnership Program. The German students will especially remember the hospitality and the engangement of their hosts.
Eleven German grammar school students are wrapping up a two-week visit to Quincy this month. The trip comes on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Sister City Commission between Quincy and Herford, Germany. Unquestionably, one the most significant programs to emerge from that relationship is the student exchange between Quincy Notre Dame and Widukind-Gymnasium, a school in Enger, near Herford. The two schools were granted official school partner status in November 2010 by the German-American Partnership Program.
40 years ago Elsa Nicolovius started the exchange between St. Georg Gymnasium and the Canton High School. It is the longest exchange between a German and an American School taking place regularly. Now the 84 year-old will pass on her responsibility of organizing the exchange to her successor. She has been honored for her engagement.
04/23/2018, News Graphic : "Getting to know you"
20 students from Germany visit Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin and build a partnership between schools in its first language exchange. In summer 2019 the CHS students will spend three weeks in Germany and stay with their German counterparts. Until then, "we'll stay in touch through the summer and year."
Marta Schiemenz is a german student from Kiel, staying for one schoolyear at the Highschool in Swanville. After switching hostfamilies twice, she ended up staying with her new friend's family, the VanRisseghems. One thing she has enjoyed about attending Swanville High School is that it is completely different from what she is used to in Germany: "In Germany, it's all about education. But in America, there's actually some fun stuff to do, like sports". The VanRisseghems will deeply miss her.
The annual visit from Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School’s “sister school” in Germany came in a cold, rainy March, a little sooner than last year, but just in time to celebrate Easter. The German students get to fully experience an American Easter because, unlike traditional tourists, they stay with host families in Brockway. “If you go as a tourist, you don’t learn much about the culture,” explained German chaperone Eckhard Mielenhausen. “You can see landmarks and visit cities, but you learn about the culture by staying with families.”
Mountain Home High School has temporarily gained 23 additional students from Regensburg, Germany. This marks the 24th time for Mountain Home to participate in GAPP. The german student Susi Sturzl says, that it always seems like you are in a movie: the buses, the food, just everything. Student Kagemeir explains, that food was the favorite part of his visit. Students from Germany and the US are getting along very well and taking part at many activities. The principal knows: "Kids are kids, whether it's here or in Europe."
20 students from Haigerloch, Germany travelling to New York City, before heading to their host-families in Burlington, Washington. The students gained lots of impressions about the life in the Big Apple: they explored many attractions as Ground Zero and Times Square. But now the students are also looking forward to meeting with their exchange partners in Burlington. They will bring many lasting impressions back to Germany!
The 14 exchange students from Munich are greeted by 8th grade Strath Haven middle school students. The Munich-Wallingford partnership has been in existence for 5 years. One of the larger events of the exchange was a Super Bowl party. German teacher Antrim knows about the benefits for the German students visiting: they get to experience first-hand what they've learned, the have to use English while they are here, and also one result is long life friendship!
The German Partnschool "Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg" is visiting "Command and General Staff College". The groups will take part at different military exercises, but also attend Super Bowl and discover Kansas City. Both sides ensured that the program was a huge success and a valuable experience.
A total of 15 German students were in attendance at Tuesday's City Council meeting. They are the first ever of a GAPP group. While they're in Edwardsville they will see some of the sights in the Edwarsville area and the St. Louis, Metro East. Mayor Hal Patton welcomed the group.
The trip has beend planned thanks to GAPP, the German American Partnership Program started by former BRHS teacher Frau Baade. The program is sponsored by the Goethe Institute, now in its 25th year of a partnership with Boothbay Harbor. The BRHS teachter Merril, who will be helping out in the English and German classes, has taught German at BRHS for four years. She went to Germany as an exchange sutdent. Thanks to a Rotary donation and bratwurst-sales by the students they could rais $500 for each student.
01/20/2018 Staats-Zeitung Nr.3: "The German exchange program in Old Bridge enriches high school cuuriculum with an unforgettable experience"
Five years ago, the Old Bridge High School created the exchange program with the Steinbart Gymnasium in Duisburg, Germany. Anahita Keller, Director of Arts and Culture at the Old Bridge Public School District says: "The program allows students to become immersed in the language, culture and life of the country they are studying. Students are getting an authentic feel for what life is like in Germany, rather tahn just seeing it from a textbook perspective." GAPP has become very popular with many students returning for the second and third time!