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High School Exchange (2013-16)


About the High School Exchange

Our High School Exchange, formerly known as "Ambassadors in Sneakers”, was a project for high school and college students in Germany and the USA from 2013 till 2016. It went far beyond the traditional objectives of regular school exchanges. During the period of one school year, all participants were supported by intercultural trainers and tutors during actual and virtual encounters. Both the German and the American high school participants were tutored by so called “Senior Ambassadors”, college students from the partner country.

 

The project consisted of a warm up phase during which the participants intercultural training workshops and got into virual contact with their "senior ambassadors". This was followed up with the real life encounters where the students met each other, lived in host families and had the opportunity to go to a real German or American school. At the end, the students got reflect and evaluate the experiences they had. This project supported German and US-American secondary schools in more rural regions. In Germany we work with schools that focus mainly on preparing their students for vocational training. The project allowed college and high school students to gain a variety of intercultural communication skills while looking at their own and others’ cultural diversity. It shaped advanced awareness and understanding about the meaning of citizen diplomacy. In their project tasks participants examined relevant social and cultural topics and learned to also view them from transatlantic persepectives.

 

School Year 2015/16

That year class 9b of the Realschule Balingen and Milwaukee School of Languages participated in the exchange.

 

School Year 2014/15

The second exchange was between the class 9f of the Wilhelm-Hauff-Realschule Pfullingen and the German classes of the Toms River High School South in Toms River, New Jersey.

 

School Year 2013/14

The first classes to participate were the 9c of the Albert-Schweitzer-Realschule/Gemeinschaftsschule West Tübingen and the Academy for Technology & the Classics Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Sponsors and Partners

The "High School Exchange" was developed by the German-American Institute Tuebingen (dai). It was 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:

 

 

We want to thank all of our sponsors and supporters especially: the Reinhold Beitlich Stiftung Tübingen, the BW-Bank Tübingen, the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP), the Jugendstiftung Baden-Württemberg, the Kreissparkasse Reutlingen, Freiherr von Rassler (Schloss Weitenburg), the Rotary Club Reutlingen-Tübingen Nord, the Volksbank Tübingen, the Werbeagentur Kraas & Lachmann.

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