GAVE (German American Virtual Exchange) is GAPP’s virtual exchange program. GAPP provides a framework, materials, and support for teachers interested in connecting their students remotely with their partner school in Germany.
Yes! Our virtual exchange is open to all secondary schools.
My school does not allow international travel and/or is a virtual school. May we participate even though we will only ever be able to exchange virtually?
Yes! GAVE allows schools without the opportunity for international travel to offer their students an intercultural experience.
Yes! By starting out with a GAVE exchange, you will allow your students to get to know one another in a relaxed, virtual setting.
GAVE can be used to allow an entire particular class to experience a virtual exchange or can be used for an exchange group that was supposed to travel. If you go with an entire class, work would be done during class time. Should you choose a group of students from different classes, conducting GAVE as an after school / German club program would be best.
I see that exchanges are either 4 or 6 weeks. What if I want to offer my students a longer exchange?
You can easily add weeks or months to your exchange by choosing to work on multiple topics over time. You may start with everyday life and move on to sustainability, for example.
On your program materials you list the amount of time activities will take in weeks. How is that calculated?
One week constitutes approximately 5 hours of instructional time. If you are completing the program after school or only on certain instructional days, you would need to adjust the number of weeks accordingly.
This is decided by the coordinators of the exchange. In order to assist you, we have provided you with a list of recommended tools in our getting started packet (see Preparation Phase materials)
Download the blueprint/Fahrplan from the Preparation Phase section. It gives you details on finding a partner school, meeting virtually with the exchange coordinator in Germany, and next steps.
The GAPP team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.