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    When we travel to foreign countries, we quickly become representatives of our own country. In its „Ambassadors in Sneakers“ program, the German American Institute Tuebingen creates projects that help young people to become self-confident and interculturally skilled citizen diplomats, who fulfill their role responsibly while having a lot of fun. Our first project – Ambassadors in Sneakers (I) – was a high school exchange program for three German and three U.S. schools between 2014 and 2016. Learn more below about our Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights!

Ambassadors in Sneakers (II)

A Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights

In the summer of 2019, 12 students each from Germany and from the United States spend four exciting weeks together, learning about youth participation, human rights, transatlantic relations, and intercultural communication in both countries.
This year, the participants are members and alumni of youth councils, youth parliaments, and youth advisory boards as well as other young leaders from Michigan, Illinois, Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Part 1: Leipzig & Berlin (Sat. Jun 15 - Sat. Jun. 29, 2019)
Part 2: Ann Arbor & Chicago (Sat. July 27 - Sat. Aug. 10, 2019)

About the AiS Summer Academy

"Ambassadors in Sneakers - A Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights" is a four-week educational program that brings together youth councils from Germany and the USA in the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019. The central focus is on the topic of human rights. It is against this background that participants learn about both countries’ political structures and international networking. While travelling together in the USA and Germany, the young leaders become familiar with important places and institutions that are significant for developing and defending human rights. At a time when thousands are fleeing their homelands due to political/religious persecution, war, and famine, human rights and their violations are topics that young people often question. During their trips, they meet activists, people affected by recent events, media representatives, speakers, and politicians in Germany and the USA, and have the opportunity to learn from them and with them, thus helping gain a fuller perspective on the issues at hand.


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Leipzig June 15 - June 22 2019

Sat, June 15: Travel Day

Sun, June 16: Team Germany Canoe Tour and Team USA Arrival on Instagram / Facebook

Mon, June 17: Museum in der "Runden Ecke" and U.S. Consulate General on Instagram / Facebook

Tue, June 18: Leipzig City Tour and Paul Rundquist on Instagram / Facebook

Wed, June 19: Day Trip to Weimar on Instagram / Facebook

Thu, June 20: Inge Bell and Völkerschlachtdenkmal on Instagram / Facebook

Fri, June 21: Zeitgeschichtliches Forum and Jugendparlament Leipzig on Instagram / Facebook

Sat, June 22: Travel Day


Berlin June 23 - June 29 2019

Sun, June 23: Escape Rooms

Mon, June 24: Deutsche Welle and "Herr&Speer" on Instagram / Facebook

Tue, June 25: Nils Schmid (Member of Bundestag) and Holocaust Memorial on Instagram / Facebook

Wed, June 26: U.S. Embassy and Jewish Museum on Instagram / Facebook

Thu, June 27: Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen and Medizin hilft e.V. on Instagram / Facebook

Fri, June 28: Allied Museum on Instagram / Facebook

Sat, June 29: Travel Day


Ann Arbor July 27 - August 3

Sat, July 27: Travel Day

So, July 28: Self-guided Tour and Pizza on Instagram/Facebook

Mo, July 29: Michigan Innocence Clinic and Judge Judith Ellen Levy on Instagram/Facebook

Tue, July 30: Holocaust Museum and Roz Schindler on Instagram/Facebook

Wed, July 31: Food Gathers and Neutral Zone's Zaynab Alkolay on Instagram/Facebook

Thu, August 1: Day Trip to Detroit on Instagram/Facebook

Fri, August 2: Black Lives Matter and Community Activists on Instagram/Facebook

Sat, August 3: Travel Day


Chicago August 4 - August 10

So, August 4: Boystown and Halsted Center on Instagram/Facebook

Mo, August 5: River Boat Tour and TPAN on Instagram/Facebook

Tue, August 6: Goethe Institut and Obama Foundation on Instagram/Facebook

Wed, August 7: Loyola University and Chicago Abortion Fund on Instagram/Facebook

Thu, August 8: Juvenile Justice Initiative and Musuem Campus on Instagram/Facebook

Fri, August 9: Rotary International and Art Institute on Instagram/Facebook

Sat, August 10: Travel Day


Previous years - AiS 2018

Click on the image below to find out what "Ambassadors in Sneakers 2018" was like.


Previous years - AiS 2017

Click on the image below to find out what "Ambassadors in Sneakers 2017" was like.


Who are the d.a.i.'s partners for this project?

"Ambassadors in Sneakers - A Young Leaders' Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights" was developed by the German-American Institute Tuebingen (dai). It is very generously supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is funded by the European Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), as well as by a great number of other supporters. Our partners in 2019 include:


AiS an unforgetable once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our deepest gratitude goes to all our donors and program partners.

If you want to support the "Ambassadors in Sneakers", please, get in touch with us !

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