Dear German Teacher,
Your students are invited to participate in The Friendship Connection, a four week 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. Last year, nearly 120 high schools in the U. S. participated in 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 VFC 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!
After reading the teacher section, please also review the student portion of this website for further information