German teachers should first get administrative approval before handing out any of our exchange program information to students. Once the German teacher has received the signed “Administrator’s Permission Slip” and sent it in to us along with the “Teacher Information Sheet,” he/she can inform the students about this opportunity. Students fill out and send in their application forms to The Friendship Connection, Inc.
Around mid-February students find out who their German partners are and begin communicating with them
April 2nd – April 30th, 2019 the Germans visit their U.S. partners. These dates hopefully fall during your spring break, so the German visitors will only be observing in your school for about 13-15 days.
June 14th – July 12th, 2019 U.S. participants doing the “Full” exchange return the visit to their German partners.
June 21st – July 19th, 2019 these travel dates are for “Full” U.S. participants whose summer break begins after our normal June 14th departure
Note: We require that all “Full” participants have completed at least 2 years of German before their return visit, which better assures the academic integrity of the program. (Graduating seniors are also eligible!)
“Host Only” participants are those who only host in the spring and do not return the visit in the summer; these participants can be any of your German students, including German One students, and even students who are not learning German. There is no charge for “Host Only” participants! However, it is our hope that your German students who simply host this academic school year would consider returning the visit to their German partner in the summer of 2020.
$1,850 for all “Full” participants
This price includes airfare, injury/illness insurance, teacher supervision and all administrative costs.
We do require that all “Full” participants have completed at least 2 years of German before their return visit.
Although there is no German language requirement for hosting a German exchange student in the spring, we do require that all “Full” participants have completed at least two years of German before their return visit, which better assures the academic integrity of the program. (Some exceptions can be made, please call us regarding special cases.)
Many teachers involved in GAPP and other exchange programs still use The Friendship Connection in the off years, if their German trips are planned every two years and one or several of their graduating seniors could otherwise not participate.
German teachers do not need to accompany their students to Germany.
German teachers are certainly encouraged to travel with the group if they have the time. This year the teachers will pay only $550 for airfare, minus $50 per “Full” participant; for example, a teacher with 11 students would pay $0 for his/her plane ticket! Since we only need one accompanying teacher from each airport, we can only extend this offer to the first German teacher from each airport who sends in his/her“Begleitlehrer Application form” along with a deposit of $150 which will indicate his/her willingness to accompany the group both to and from Germany.
If another teacher from the same airport signs up later, he/she would still be able to fly with the group, but for the actual cost of the “group rate” ticket, minus $50 per “full” participant from his/her high school. (We might still be able to offer the discounted $550 ticket to a teacher who signed up late if he/she were willing to fly out of a different US airport where we did not yet have a chaperon.) Unfortunately, we can no longer provide spouses and family members with our “student group rated tickets,” however, we can provide the German teacher with the flight information and his/her family members can purchase their own ticket on the same flights. Aside from “shepherding” the students to and from Germany, the accompanying German teachers have no responsibilities to the program once they arrive in Frankfurt! For teachers who wish to stay with a German family, we can help arrange home stays for a week or two.