Interview with April Krempasky
April, what kind of influence did the GAPP exchange have on your professional and private life?
"Twenty-seven years ago, I participated in a GAPP exchange and it opened my world! I had always enjoyed learning German in school, but actually living with a German family and attending school made the language come alive. I fell in love with the language, people and culture and it was then that I decided to become a German teacher and run my own GAPP exchange.
Eighteen years ago, I started a GAPP exchange between Northampton Area High School in Pennsylvania and the Freiherr-vom-Stein Schule in Gladenbach, Hessen, which still continues today. Approximately four hundred students between our schools have participated in GAPP. It has been a pleasure to watch their excitement in forming new friendships and experiencing Germany for the first time just as I did!"
With which arguments would you encourage young people to participate in a GAPP exchange?
"Students should participate in a GAPP exchange because it is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to live like a German citizen. Never again will they have a chance to live with a German family and attend a German school. The GAPP exchange opens up their world and makes them more tolerant to different cultures. Students become more independent and more confident, which helps them later as they go to college. Perhaps most importantly, they form friendships which last a lifetime."
April with her students
April with her hostfamily in Germany