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The Friendship Connection, Inc. is going into its 40th  successful year!

This program was conceived and developed by Ohio high school German teachers in cooperation with English teachers in Germany. The goal was to provide an inexpensive, “on-going” exchange program which would enable participants to enhance their ability to speak German and to develop a greater appreciation of the German culture as well as long-lasting friendships with their German partners. In the first 39 years, nearly 34,000 German and American students have participated on our exchange program.

During this unprecedented year of 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to suspend all student travel. Therefore, we have developed a NEW branch of our program: Virtual Friendship Connection! We are very excited to provide this new option during the 2020-2021 school year. Although we cannot arrange for “home and home” visits this year, it is our hope that by connecting the students “virtually” we can continue to provide a “bridge” between our two countries and help inspire lasting, international friendships!