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    Ambassadors in Sneakers 2017

    We are "Team Germany 2017"!

    We had a great prep session at the German-American Insitute Tuebingen! We got to know each other, learned more about the travel and program details and gatherd ideas and suggestions for our program. How long until June?? We can't wait to go!

  • Ambassadors in Sneakers 2017

    We are "Team USA 2017"!

    We had an awesome prep workshop in Atlanta! We got to know each other, learned more about the travel and program details and gatherd ideas and suggestions for our program. How long until June?? We can't wait to pick up our German friends!

  • Ambassadors in Sneakers

    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 US 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



Meet our Human Rights Ambassadors 2017

Team Germany from Baden-Württemberg included young leaders from:
Tübingen, Heidelberg, Straubenhardt, Mosbach, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Nürtingen, Ravensburg, Weil der Stadt, Renningen, Weingarten, Rheinstetten

Team USA from Georgia included young leaders from:
City of Dublin, Fulton County, City of Jasper, City of Kennesaw, Macon-Bibb County, City of Sugar Hill


Meet Team Germany before the summer academy!


Click on the photo to get the full experience documented by the ambassadors!


Team Germany share their thoughts after the summer academy is over:

Team USA talk about the best experience they had during the program:


What is this program about?

The Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights is a four-week educational program, which 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, which 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.

You can download a short project description in German or in English!


Who can do it?

Each year, new students, ages 15-20 are asked to apply. Applicants need to be members of local or regional youth councils or youth parliaments, mayor’s advisory youth councils, or youth committees. They need to have experience in youth leadership and civic engagement.
The participation fee is 500 EUR. Students are asked to actively engage in fundraising activities.


Where and when is it?

2017 - The Transatlantic Summer Academy 2017 was set up in four parts on two trips. Trip 1: Atlanta/Georgia & New York City (Sat. Jun. 03 – Sun. Jun. 18) // Trip 2: Tuebingen/Baden-Wuerttemberg & Berlin ( Sat. Jul. 22 – Sun. Aug. 5)

2018 - TBA – Stay tuned!

2019 - TBA – Stay tuned!


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 (d.a.i.). It is very generously supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

In 2017 we worked in close cooperation with the Goethe Zentrum – German Cultural Center Atlanta (GZ). Generous grants were provided by Atlanta-based Halle Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports in Baden-Wuerttemberg, as well as by the Demokratiezentrum Baden-Wuerttemberg. Beyond that, each student activated local donors for their individual program participation. We owe the deepest gratitude to everyone, who has helped to make this transatlantic experience possible!


Our supporters 2017:




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