Dear German Teacher,
The letter below was designed to provide a “comfort level” to administrators regarding our travel exchange program. Due to the CODID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer this “branch” of our program during the 2020-2021 school year and we are only offering our NEW Virtual Friendship Connection at this time. However, for future reference, we are leaving this information on our site as we intend to resume the travel program in the 2021-2022 school year.
Our program is divided into two distinct phases:
1. The hosting of Germans in the American schools in the spring and allowing them to observe in the classroom for what amounts to 13-15 days. (This is the only phase that involves any American High School, just the granting of visitation privileges.)
2. If a U.S. participant, with approval from his/her parent, decides to return the visit in the summer to the German partner whom he/she hosted in the spring, that decision would not involve the American school nor the German teacher whatsoever.
School Year 2019-2020
We are grateful for the cooperation and support our program receives from administrators and German teachers throughout the United States. Last year nearly 120 high school administrators gave permission for German exchange students on our program to visit their high schools in the spring. The four week stay usually occurs over spring break, so the German visitors are seldom in the school for more than 13 to 15 days. The German participants will be in the U.S. from March 30th – April 27th, 2020.
The participating schools simply grant visitation privileges to the Germans in the spring; that is the extent of any school’s involvement in our program!
If parents decide to allow their child to visit Germany in the summer, when the U.S. school is out of session, that is strictly a matter between the participating families and The Friendship Connection, Inc. For legal reasons, some school administrators feel more comfortable when we emphasize this point in writing to participating families.
We are extremely proud of the fact that The Friendship Connection has been in existence since 1981 and has had nearly 33,500 participants from Germany and the United States during the last 38 years.
If any administrator has questions concerning our program, please call or email me.
Krista Winzer-Lee, Coordinator
The Friendship Connection, Inc.