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German Club

Advisor: Lynn Verdon
Email
715-852-6663, Room257

About G.A.P.P.
 
Guten Tag…Gesundheit….Bratwurst…Fahrvergn├╝gen….Better start practicing! As of the 08-09 school year, North High School has established a partnership in the state of Bavaria with the Willibald-Gluck-Gymnasium in Neumarkt, Germany. This long-term reciprocal GAPP partnership will not only allow North students to experience life in Germany, but will also give them the opportunity to host a German student at their home in Eau Claire.

GAPP, a non-profit organization founded in 1972 to promote the exchange between young Germans and Americans, is a means by which students, their families, their schools, and their communities can build a cultural bridge between their two countries. The goals of the exchange program are to foster the study of foreign languages, to increase cultural awareness and understanding, and to establish lifelong international friendships.

GAPP is primarily funded through a grant from the German government, but the program also receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of State. This program is the largest and most successful high school exchange program between the U.S. and Germany. There are currently 750 GAPP partnerships in all 50 states, and now North High has one too!

Every two years, a group of German students from Neumarkt will visit Eau Claire and stay for three to four weeks with North families. These same North students will then travel to Germany and stay for three to four weeks with the families of the students they hosted here in Eau Claire. A few days of travel in other parts of Germany and Austria will most likely round out the trip.

The family homestays and travel grants for teachers and students help to minimize the cost of participating. GAPP is an extremely exciting opportunity for students studying German. Even if you are not doing the exchange yourself, you are likely to meet these students at some point during their stay in Eau Claire.

Students interested in participating in GAPP or simply learning more about it should contact Frau Verdon in room 257.

G.A.P.P. Website