GAPP Exchange

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 DUE 10/27

GAPP​ is a high-school exchange program that links an American and a German high school in a long-term partnership. Its primary purposes are to help students improve their foreign-language skills and to promote mutual cultural understanding. The program is supported and funded by the U.S. and German governments. In general, a GAPP partnership works as follows: exchanges occur every year or every other year. On the German end, the program is coordinated by a teacher of English, and on the American end, the program is coordinated by a teacher of German. Each of the two schools has 10-20 participating students who are matched with a partner across the Atlantic. In the summer, the American students visit Germany for about 3 weeks, attending school and living in the families of their German partners; in the spring, the German students visit the U.S. for 3 weeks, also attending school and living in the families of their American partners. The history of Frau Duran’s GAPP exchange began in 2011, after Frau Duran’s sister was an exchange student at the Staffelsee Gymnasium for a year. Frau Duran then contacted the high school and discovered that the school was looking for an American partner school. 

This will be the fourth GAPP exchange between Herr Schneider and Frau Duran. Our partner school in Murnau is the Staffelsee Gymnasium, which has about 1000 students in grades 5 through 12. The Gymnasium, the most rigorous of the three types of German high schools, culminates in the high-stakes Abitur examination at the end of the 12 th grade. A passing score on the Abitur is a prerequisite for study at a German university. The Staffelsee Gymnasium is located in an area called about an hour south of Munich, in Bavaria. The area around the town’s lake was first settled around 260 A.D. and today Murnau has a population of about 12,000. The school was founded in 1924 and was recently rebuilt. The coordinator on the German side is Herr Stephan Schneider, and he will select a different colleague from the Staffelsee Gymnasium to accompany him. When the Germans visit, we take them on field trips to local attractions around the area. We will also be taking a weekend trip to Summit County or Estes Park. When the SLHS students travel to Germany, we will spend three weeks in Murnau, where we take numerous field trips, and we also spend one week traveling – on our own – to other areas of Germany. For this exchange, I am considering Stuttgart, Freiburg and Zürich (Switzerland) as destinations. 

Now let me outline what I know about GAPP 2017-2018 so far: 

● Group size​: We will have around 60 German students apply for the program and accept 17. On the German side, there is great interest in the program. Based on previous experience we will most likely host a few “extra” German students because we will have a few families who are not sending a child to Germany but who are willing to host a German. 
● Eligibility​: Students of German I and up are encouraged to participate. There are two near-absolutes: in order to participate in the program, students must be enrolled in a German course for the 2017-2018 school year and continue their German studies the year after the exchange, and they must host their German partner in their home unless there are very compelling circumstances. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA to participate and no current disciplinary referrals. 
● The Germans’ visit​: The German students will be visiting SLHS April 4-22, 2018. They will be staying in CO for the entirety of their trip, with one weekend spent in Summit County or Estes Park. 
● Length of trip to Germany​: This GAPP trip will be around four weeks long taking place shortly after school is out. While the two weeks in Murnau are undeniably the heart of the program and the time when the most lasting memories are made, I think you will enjoy the opportunity to experience other parts of Germany. 
● Costs​: I have not yet done – and indeed cannot yet do – the detailed cost research necessary to give you an exact price for the trip, but my best guess is $2500, including everything except spending money. That would include flights, hostels and meals during the touring portions of the trip, rail travel, public transportation, and admissions to all attractions. Students would need to bring spending money for souvenirs, and pocket money. 
● Second chaperone​: If there are more than ten students participating, we will look for an additional chaperone. 
● Deposit​: A deposit of $500, video application by the student, and paper application from both parents and the student will be due on October 27, 2017. Once all applications have been received I will check eligibility and you will receive your German Partner’s information before the end of the semester. The remainder of the costs will be collected in two roughly equal payments in January 2018 and April 2018. 
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Jessica Duran,
Nov 8, 2017, 12:43 PM
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Jessica Duran,
Nov 8, 2017, 12:43 PM
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