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High School Student Exchange

The Braunschweig/Omaha High School Student Exchange Program, facilitated by the German American Society in collaboration with the Omaha Sister Cities Association, is a remarkable opportunity for high school students to immerse themselves in a unique cultural exchange. Established in 1986, this program has a rich history of fostering connections between Omaha and Braunschweig, culminating in Braunschweig's official designation as a sister city in 1992. This exchange initiative has remained a steadfast tradition, with annual exchanges that provide an unparalleled educational and cultural experience.

What makes this program exceptional is that no prior knowledge of the German language is required. Both Omaha and Braunschweig students can communicate effectively in English, ensuring seamless interactions. This program offers a window into local cultures as students stay with host families, experiencing their customs and daily lives. The reciprocating nature of the exchange, where students from both cities take turns hosting and visiting, promotes global exposure and fosters an understanding of different cultures.

Traveling to Germany is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this program. Omaha students embark on a thrilling adventure, staying with their German host families for three weeks. Day trips within Braunschweig and nearby towns allow students to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of the region. Additionally, the program includes an all-expenses-paid visit to Berlin, the capital city, providing a unique opportunity to discover iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, and the Berlin Wall.

Participating in a student exchange program like this one offers numerous benefits, including increased cultural tolerance, global exposure, and the potential to learn a new language. It also helps students build self-confidence and prepares them for future academic and personal challenges. By opening their homes and hearts to students from abroad, parents in Omaha contribute to the enrichment of their child's formative years. This program is not just about discovering new places but also about broadening horizons and shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.

First Steps:

Join us on one of the upcoming evenings at 7:00 pm for an enlightening informational session. Discover more about this exceptional program, meet our dedicated staff, and uncover the opportunity of a lifetime! All meetings will convene in the welcoming atmosphere of the Ratskeller, situated in the basement of the German American Society building on the lower level's southwest side. Rest assured, ample free parking is readily available for your convenience. We look forward to sharing the details of this incredible opportunity with you!

  • Wednesday, September 27th

  • Wednesday, October 11th

  • Wednesday, October 25th

Contact:

Megan Sak:  📞 402-490-8367  📧 mmsak02@gmail.com

James Ediger:  📞 402-960-9685 📧 jpediger@msn.com

Carol Stoltenberg:  📧 csto@mac.com

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