"German American Partnership Program"
German American Partnership Program 2007/2008 Exchange Why participate in an exchange? • Your German will • Your experience will improve beyond your be unique – you’re not imagination! a tourist!! • You will experience • You will make friends the German culture and have fun! firsthand – not through • Not to mention…it a classroom! looks good on college applications! How does the exchange work? 1. Students apply for the program by November 1st, 2007. A down payment of $200 is required at that time. 2. We match students with a compatible host family. Students make contact through e-mail, letters and phone calls. 3. Americans go to Germany and live with their German host families for 3 weeks in Summer 2008. 4. German students come to America and live in your home for 3-4 weeks in Fall 2008. 1 Step One: Application • Application is a great help with step two (matching student pairs) • Requirements for program: 1. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better 2. Must be in German II and will continue German classes upon their return (exception: graduates) 3. Preference given to Juniors and Seniors 4. Teacher recommendations Step Two: Finding a Partner • English teacher from sister school and I go through applications and try to find the best possible partnerships. • When possible, same sex partnerships will be formed. • Partnerships will be chosen based on interests, allergies, similar family structure, etc. Step Three: Contacting Partner • Write letters, write e-mails, chat online, even give them a call! It’s important to establish contact, so that you aren’t complete strangers when you meet for the first time! • This will be a requirement! 2 Hosting a German student Hosting is extremely rewarding! link to pictures What are you responsible for? German students want • Providing students to experience… with a separate bed. • The daily life of a • Providing students typical American with three meals a day. family. • Treating the student as your own child – your • The daily life of a house, your rules! typical American teenager. What are you not responsible for? • Taking students on expensive vacations. • Making sure the student sees as many cities and states in the United States as possible. • Spending money for the student. • Changing your normal routines. 3 What do we do with this kid? • Everything is new for your German student! – Grocery shopping – Running errands – Attending sporting events – Spending a day at work with someone in the family – Going to the mall – Going to the movies – Visiting a farm – Going shopping on State Street The Trip The trip of a lifetime!!! • Live with same student who will live with you. • All DeForest students travel together, with myself as a chaperone (and possibly more) • Bus travel to Chicago/Milwaukee (?) 4 Rules and Consequences • Students are representing their country in their travels. They are expected to be well- behaved and respectful. • No drugs or alcohol. • Students will be sent home at their own (or at their parents’) expense for not following the rules. What do we do there? • Attend school • GAPP Activities – Attend classes (no – Excursions to other grades!) cities – Possibly attend a – Family-inclusive special German class events (welcome party, – Visit elementary farewell party…) schools and other high schools – Regular meetings at – Give presentations on school. American life to English classes. Possible Excursions • Berlin • Cologne – Remains of Berlin – Famous Cologne Wall Cathedral – Checkpoint Charlie – Chocolate museum – Reichstag – Beautiful Rhine River • Munich – Glockenspiel • Freiburg – Hofbräuhaus – Madison’s sister city – BMW Museum – Schwarzwald 5 GAPP for Credit Option • Students participating in full exchange may be able to receive a credit for their work in this program! Cost Includes: • 3 weeks in Germany • Airfare, plus travel to and from airport • Travel within Germany (bus, train, subway) • 1 2-3 night stay in a different city (Berlin, Munich, etc.) • Additional health insurance with accident insurance • Museum entrances Breakdown of Cost • Estimate per person: – Round trip airfare $1,100** – Eurail Ticket $215 (6 days) – Health/Accident Insurance $50 – Round trip bus ticket (Madison-O’Hare) $50 – Lodging on overnight trip $80 – Museum entrances, other group fees $150 – Grand total: $1645 6 Fundraising Fundraising covers: How will we fundraise? • A second overnight 1. Suzy’s Cheesecakes trip ($500/night) ($1000) • A gift/overnight trip 2. Seroogy’s for the German Chocolates ($300) students when they’re 3. Winterfest (?) here. 4. Bakesales(?) • Group t-shirts 5. Other ideas? • Anything leftover will be handed out in Germany! Interested? Get started by… • Complete application and essay. Hand in no later than THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST with a $200 down payment. •Apply for your passport! – This down payment is non-refundable if you’re accepted to the program. If you’re not accepted, this money will be returned. The End 7