What does America think about Germany? Find out for yourself when you start an intercultural dialogue with American high school students.
Are you a student from Germany attending a college or university in the USA?
Would you love to meet some young Americans to see how your host country really ticks? Want to look at Germany through other people’s eyes? Here is your chance! Visit an American classroom. Middle and high school students are thrilled to welcome you to their school. Talk about everyday life in Germany, your hobbies, interests and dreams. Start a dialogue about history and culture. Improve your cross-cultural communication skills. Play the role of a civic ambassador for your home country.
We won’t burden you with hours of planning for this project. You simply let us know how much time you have available -- we’ll hook you up with a school that fits your needs. You can visit a school for one period or stay the whole day. You can visit one school, you can visit many schools. It’s completely up to you!
Travel fees for school visits
An introductory workshop covering topics like cross-cultural communication skills and the American school system
A volunteer certificate.
Curious? Contact us, and we’ll provide you with further information.
Basically every German “Universitätsstudent“ enrolled at an American college or university can participate. Teaching experience is not required. You’re only expected to have an interest in your host country and to be open to a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and perspectives. You should enjoy talking about everyday life in Germany or German politics, culture, and history.
You can freely determine the focus of the topic you’d like to share: you can report on your field of study, a hobby, or a specific experience. The only requirement is that you give qualified information, and enjoy meeting American middle or high school students. This also means you should be open to an American perspective on the topic you’d like to talk about. The school lesson should not only inform, but also make a dialogue possible.
An American teacher will consult you in regards to arranging the school visit. The structure of the lesson is open-ended. On the application form you can specify if you’d like to give a short talk, lead a discussion, or be interviewed. You could also offer a workshop on composing a piece of music, arrange a dance with them, or give a cooking demonstration – anything interactive is fine!
You can participate in the program as often as you like. One class usually takes between 45 and 90 minutes, so you can easily visit two classes in one day. Maybe you can even stay for lunch so you get to experience an American high school cafeteria.
Contact the Goethe-Institut serving your state with all your questions. The Goethe-Institut also offers an introductory workshop. Topics to be covered are methods of cross-cultural communication skills, the American school system, and teaching techniques.
We would love to get feedback from you. We thank you for filling out the feedback form and sending it back to us. Upon completion of the program participants will receive a volunteer certificate and be reimbursed for their travel expenses.