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Exchange topics

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.

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GAVE Cooking Challenge

Kick-off your GAVE exchange with an exciting cooking challenge, available from May 1st to June 15th, 2021. American schools will complete activities in German, while German schools complete the activites in English. If you require access to the data-protected platform Immerse-U, please e-mail gapp@goethe.de.

* Special thanks to GAPP coordinator Mark Johnson for the idea!

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Pitch your green idea: An entrepreneurship game

Interested in a German American Virtual Exchange with a twist? Immerse your students in an exciting business game, in English with German components. In teams with your partner class, students will develop their own sustainable business concept and exchange ideas with other teams. To learn more, see the preview below. Interested? Indicate this on your registration form for the GAVE program!


Getting started

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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

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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

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Topic: Everyday life

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


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Topic: Bullying

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


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Topic: Shopping / Sustainable living

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


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Topic: Diversity

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

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Topic: Sports

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


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Capitalism / Socialism

Students will learn more about capitalism and socialism as they relate to the former East Germany,​ the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States.

Cultural exchange track

English language level: A1-B2

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Topic: Everyday life

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Topic: Shopping / Sustainable living

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


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.

Our Partners

German American Partnership Program is administered by the Goethe-Institut and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State. GAPP is also supported by the WunderbarTogether Campaign. In Germany, GAPP is administered by our partner, the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD).

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