Youth Exchange Program
Herr Prof. Dr. Eberhard Standl
For further information
Federation of German American Clubs e.V.
|FGAC Youth Program and Homestay|
By 1958, weekend seminars for German and American youth were already being held in order to promote friendship between Germany and the USA. The long tradition of the Youth Program of the Federation of German-American Clubs, VDAC, continues today. Educational seminars for youth are held each year in the early spring and fall. The main topics of the seminars that the youth discuss are chosen to reflect current events. As a result of these discussions, cultural differences are revealed and explored, leading to mutual understanding.
Annually since 1995, the German American Youth Program has offered German youth from 14 to 17 years of age the opportunity to take part in a ‘Meeting and Speaking Trip’ to the United States. Besides program content relating to American history and culture, the central feature of these summer trips is, above all, personal contact with American youth. The highlight and most cherished part of the trip is a week-long stay by the young people with an American host family. In this way, the participants become personally familiar with the ‘American Way of Life’. Since 1999, there has also been the same opportunity for American youth to travel to Germany.
Before each trip, the German youth meet and get to know one another. Then, after their return from the USA, they stay in contact through group activities such as bowling in Munich. Shared experiences and memories of their trip have resulted in the development of many long-term friendships and even though many go on to become college students in other parts of Germany, they are enthusiastic about returning to Munich to take part in these reunions.