Gapp Powerpoint Presentation
Our next group of exchange students
from Oschersleben are excited about their upcoming trip to Whitewater High School!
The German American Partnership
Program is a high school linkage program between American high schools with German departments and secondary schools in Germany.
Currently, there are approximately 760 active partnerships throughout the United States and Germany. Each year approximately
5,000 American high school students and teachers visit their partners in Germany, and 8,000 German high school students and
teachers are hosted by American families and high schools.
These German students will mingle with the student population of Whitewater High school and talk to various classes
about education in Europe and what life is like for them across the ocean. This program offers Whitewater High School stimulation,
enrichment, and internationalization of their school life, as well as of their foreign language and Social Studies curricula,
particularly during the attendance of the visiting students. A group of American Students from Whitewater
High School will travel to visit the German partner school for a 3 week period. They will be placed with
host parents and students and attend the German high school. As members of the host families, students
experience the everyday life and culture of the partner country, not from the outside as tourists, but from the inside as
members of the family. This, in turn, fosters dialogue and friendships between American and German youth, leads as no other
process can to the decrease of misconceptions, helps the participants to convey a contemporary image of their country and
enhances a career potential in the second language. During their stay in Germany, students are required
to participate in a program designed by the coordinators of the GAPP Program. In addition to staying with
a host family for three weeks and attending the German high school, participants spend an additional week at another major
city in Germany.
This program is a life changing event for those that participate in it. Each year, it is my desire
to take any student who wishes to participate provided they meet certain criteria including maintaining a 3.0 Grade point
average, having a clean discipline record and school attendance. It has been a great program
and I have personally witnessed how many of the kids who have taken part have not only gone on to improve their German language
skills, but have benefited greatly through the broadening of their cultural horizons.