German American Partnership Program (GAPP) Presented by: Brent Mackey German teacher Webster Groves High School What does the exchange look like? Home stays Classroom shadowing Facts and figures Started in 1972 Almost 800 school partnerships 265,000 students have participated Important to know (Taken from www.goethe.de) GAPP does not charge a fee for any of its services nor does GAPP make any arrangements for the exchange. The implementation of the program is solely the responsibility of the school administrations. Q: So what do I have to do? A: Quite a bit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Apply to be partnered with a school. Advertise the program to students. Select students (VERY CAREFULLY). Plan events/activities with coordinator from Germany. Prepare students (for both sides of exchange). Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) Book flights and trains 7. Get travelers insurance for students. 8. Apply for grants through GAPP 9. Be a mediator for partners. 6. Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 1. Apply to be partnered with a school. Download form from www.goethe.de Answer questions regarding: ◦ Characteristics of your school ◦ The surrounding area of your school ◦ Requests for partner school Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 2. Advertise the program to students/parents through: School letters Emails Posters Homework website posts Mandatory informational meeting Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 3. Select students (VERY CAREFULLY). Application Essay/interview Signed expectations sheet Student Profile Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 4. Plan events/activities with coordinator from Germany. Welcome/Farewell gatherings One or two all-group events (for U.S. half only) Excursions (in Germany) ◦ Hotels ◦ Train tickets (German RailPass) www.raileurope.com 7 days is $182 Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 5. Prepare students (for both sides of exchange). Meetings before after school to discuss: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ How to be a good host What to expect as host Culture shock How to be a good guest Airport/train station expectations How to get the most from the exchange Student projects Q: So what do I have to do? (cont.) 6. Book flights and trains Lufthansa 75% off teacher’s ticket Free student ticket (Groups of 15 or more) RailPass Why it’s all worth it Connects language to real people (not just for GAPP students) Encourages students to study abroad later Encourages students to join German Encourages students to stick with German Life-long friendships overseas Life-long vacation spot later in life! WM Public-viewing English Garden, Munich Hohensalzburg Dachau memorial site Kölner Dom, Köln QUESTIONS?