German Graduates Promote Their Culture at French Schools

In cooperation with the Föderation der Deutsch-Französischen Kulturhäuser in France and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which contributes funding for three scholarships as part of its Language Assistants Program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung annually sends ten graduates as DeutschMobil representatives to France. Driving “DeutschMobil” vans provided by Mercedes-Benz, their task is to visit primary schools, middle schools and high schools in their respective regions. Beginning in the 2014/15 school year, the The Franco-German Youth Office is going to significantly expand its activities and as a result, will be included among the main partners.
The main goal of the DeutschMobil initiative is to contrast French students’ usually one-sided impression of Germany with a modern image that is friendlier and more attractive. The assistants present the German language and culture in interactive and playful lessons, covering topics from pronunciation rules and differences in the educational system to typical food or HipHop. These activities not only get the children and students actively “in touch” with the neighboring country but also serve as an orientation for the selection of their foreign language classes.
Creative Break in the 2014/15 School Year

As a result of current developments such as the constantly increasing demand for DeutschMobil activities in the field of vocational education, the changes to school hours at French elementary schools, and other needs that in previous years were given insufficient attention, after 12 years of successfully promoting Germany and its language, changes now need to be made to the program.

At the same time, the break is being used to reorganize and permanently clarify DeutschMobil's financing and partner structure.

As such, DeutschMobil lecturers will not be carrying out any activities during the 2014/15 school year. DeutschMobil will resume activities at schools throughout France starting in the 2015/16 school year, and will be able to provide answers to current questions.

Picture Gallery

Photo: Harald Gottschalk
DeutschMobil representatives 2013-2014 in Paris
Photo: Nadine Gruner
DeutschMobil representatives 2011-2012
Handing over of the DeutschMobil with Karl Rauber, Minister für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten, Saarland
Photo: Christelle Glémet
 DeutschMobil was awarded with "Label européen des langues 2011"
DeutschMobil with Michael Klett
DeutschMobil Paris and Jürgen Rüttgers
Forum Strasbourg and Klaus Wowereit
Gerhard Schröder and Jaques Chirac at the Adenauer-de Gaulle-Preis.
Band "Wir sind Helden" at the book fair in Leipzig
Children in France welcoming DeutschMobil