A bilateral government initiative providing school and youth links. Established in 2005, it is funded and governed by the UK and German governments, the British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst.
The UK-German Connection offers funding opportunities for individuals and organisations, bringing young people together. It can also provide information and advice about UK-German activities, including trips and seminars.
UK-German Connection activities are open to the primary, secondary and FE sectors and focus on cross-curricular, thematic involvement.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR SCHOOL
Primary German: Bears Project
A great way of giving primary pupils an insight into a German school without too much commitment is by taking part in the UK-German 'Bears Project. This is a free activity for primary schools in the UK and Germany. This can then lead to more long-term collaboration if appropriate. For further details, please click here.
Youth Ambassador Seminar Highlights
The new cohort of UK-German Youth Ambassadors is now up and running. At the introductory seminar in London the ambassadors planned a range of creative projects which aim to create contact and dialogue between young people from both countries and enthuse pupils and their local communities for German and British culture.
Find out more about this year's Youth Ambassadors from their profiles and to see if there is a Youth Ambassador in your area click here.
New Voyage Kids Features
There are a number of exciting new Voyage Kids resources online. Your pupils can find out about Wuppertal's 'flying train', the unusual love story 'Petra the swan', German trams and bottle recycling machines! All Voyage Kids features include a ‘find out’ section, key vocabulary and quizzes. Click here for more information.
'Host a Teacher' Programme
Another way of injecting some German culture into classrooms is by hosting a teacher from Germany through the 'Host a Teacher' programme. This programme offers schools the opportunity to get some authentic German intercultural input free of charge, for two or three weeks. For more information click here.
The German Pupil Courses are two-week courses in Germany for UK pupils studying German. There are three courses every summer for 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. The courses are run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), which is the German governmental institution in charge of international education at school level and works to develop and promote international co-operation at school level. The courses are administered in the UK by UK-German Connection. They are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time. Courses run annually for Year 11 and 13 (in N Ireland) pupils of German. For more information about these courses click here.
Fully funded scholarship programmes are available for Year 13 pupils (N Ireland) who have studied German for at least 2 years and have achieved excellent results in the subject. The programme offers the opportunity to further improve their language skills and learn more about German culture. The programme is run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) and administered in the UK by UK-German Connection. It provides a unique opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time. The German Scholarships Programme is an international programme and participants will experience German language learning and travelling in mixed international groups. Click here for more information.
Opportunities for Teachers
Three posts are available for qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad, during July and August, to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses. For information about this opportunity click here.