German Teachers


Dear German Teacher,

Your students are invited to participate in The Friendship Connection, a home-and-home exchange program between high schools in the United States and “Gymnasien” in Germany, primarily Hessen and Baden Wuerttemberg. Our exchange program was developed in 1981 by high school teachers in Ohio and Germany. Our goal was to establish an “on going” and inexpensive alternative to the high priced national exchange programs. In our last year of travel before the COVID pandemic, nearly 120 high schools in the U. S. participated in our exchange program.

During the unprecedented 2020 year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to suspend all student travel for three springs/summers. Therefore, we developed a NEW branch of our program: Virtual Friendship Connection! In this 2022-2023 school year, we are finally bringing back the regular travel program, but we are also very excited to continue to provide this newer “virtual” option (VFC) moving forward! 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 as well as encourage future travel exchanges between these VFC partners!

After reading the teacher section, please also review the student portion of this website for further information