With kulturweit the voluntary service of the Federal Foreign Office young people from Germany can undertake varied tasks – from homework supervision in a German school abroad to cooperation in a branch office of the German Academic Exchange Service – for six or twelve month in different countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. All volunteers are attended and financially secured by the Federal Foreign Office.
The cultural department of the German embassy in Ankara gives a review about the multifarious German-Turkish cultural relationships and activities of the embassy’s cultural department and the German cultural intermediary organisations in Turkey. Together with the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth it coordinates the German-Turkish youth exchange (website in Turkish) including besides the classical youth exchange also specialist exchange programmes.
www.ankara.diplo.de (website in Turkish)
The Ernst Reuter initiative aims to attract public attention and assistance in ideas, projects and programmes supporting the intercultural dialogue in a special way and to bid for it. Its activities contain varied projects in the field of art, culture and media, youth and young professionals, science and integration. In the field Youth and Young Professionals it initiates the German-Turkish school partnerships and the school exchange programmes.
The "German-Turkish Student Exchange Program" allows students from Germany and Turkey to get better acquainted with each other’s country and meet new people. The Robert Bosch Stiftung started the new program to promote German-Turkish student exchanges. For German and Turkish schools that are already in contact and would like to give their students the opportunity - through visits and return visits - to get to know each other's countries, to meet new people, and to be exposed to various new ideas. During the encounter, German and Turkish students shall, on the basis of their ideas, interests, and future prospects, collaborate on developing a common project.
The Theodor Heuss Lecture serves to encourage young people from Central Asia to play an active social and political role and help develop democratic structures. Students at the Theodor Heuss Lecture are supported for one year. They attend international summer seminars to acquire practical skills and knowledge and develop project ideas. Project scholarships are subsequently awarded to the students submitting the best ideas.
The youth exchange programme of the Goethe Institute invites adolescents from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kirghizia for three weeks in Germany. Here they life in host families, take part in school and spend their free time with German adolescents. One year later the German students visit their exchange partners in its respective country.
ConAct - Coordination Centre of German-Israeli Youth Exchange is an institution of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth and is responsible to support the German-Israeli youth exchange.
The Johannes Rau Grant addresses sixteen to eighteen years old students of secondary schools who spend eight days in host families in Germany and afterwards five days together in Berlin. Alongside sightseeing tours the programme contains visits to the Jewish Museum, the Office of the Federal President, the German Bundestag and the Federal Foreign Office.
www.tel-aviv.diplo.de (website in Ivrit)
The Pedagogic Exchange Service (PAD) helps to establish and maintain long-term school partnerships with Israel and Palestine. The participants shall integrated in the life of the partner schools and the host families; exchanges can be happen during the schooldays of the partner school all-the-year.
The bulletin board of the German-Israeli association offers information about various possibilities of a stay in Israel – from pupil and youth exchange via voluntary service to the point of a study visit.
The school and youth competition Peace for Europe – Europe for Peace supports project meetings lasting several days between young persons from Germany and Israel. With this programme it aims to motivate young people to deal with history and to cooperate with peers.
Exchange-Visions is an internet platform encouraged by the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth with the task to document the German-Israeli exchange of the past fifty years.
The exchange programmes of the Japanese-German Centre Berlin focus on young potential leaders for German-Japanese relations. Because general high school and university exchange programmes are already organised by other institutions, only separate activities of the JDZB are explicitly addressed to activities of Japanese-German students' exchange:
Many German and Japanese schools have partnerships with schools in the other country. Yet student exchanges often fail due to a lack of funding because travel costs are particularly high. The Takenoko Fund for German-Japanese Student Exchange seeks to support these already existing initiatives.
The programme German-Japanese Youth Leaders Exchange was developed for youth leaders aged between 18 and 26 years who work voluntarily for youth associations. Over a two-week visit, participants in the programme shall be given the opportunity to look beyond their own lives and gather new impetuses, and to use these new ideas in their own work.
The JDZB not only seeks to foster the development of young people but to promote discussions between representatives of Japanese and German youth work during visits to the other country. Therefore most of the JDZB’s programmes are particularly addressed to target groups that include young employees, future senior managers or young academics. You will find an overview of the most important of JDZB's exchange programmes on the following websites:
The German-Indian school project, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and implemented by the Pädagogische Hochschule (Educational College) Weingarten, is intended to bring German and Indian students into contact for a period of two years through work on a common project.
Applications will be accepted from students in grades 8-12 from either high schools or vocational schools in Baden-Württemberg belonging to the Bildungspartnerschaft (Educational Partnership) Baden-Württemberg – India.