Why are we running this project?

Studies show that the experience gained during international exchange programs shapes personal development and lives of young people. Besides the improvement of language skills, the exchange programs have a positive effect on the development of intercultural skills and on future career prospects.

What are our goals?

This is in the forefront of the “German-Turkish School Exchange Program”, which enables students and teachers from Turkey and Germany to get to know each other’s country and establish new contacts and friendships. The program offers its participants a current and differentiated image of both countries. The exchange contributes to reducing existing stereotypes and prejudices, developing intercultural skills as well as establishing long-lasting relations. The program leads to establishing new and strengthening existing school partnerships.

How does the project work?

The program addresses students of all school types from the fifth grade onwards and their teachers. Up to 25 students per school take part in visits and return visits and develop a common project based on their ideas and interests. The exchange is accompanied by a preparatory and a follow-up phase. In addition, the program offers trainings for teachers in both countries.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The “German-Turkish School Exchange Program” is a program of the German-Turkish Youth Bridge supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In Turkey, it is implemented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul.