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Sister Cities

The Gastonia Sister Cities program is a local, non-profit youth exchange program that began in 1993 as a means of connecting Germans and Americans. Every year 10 to 12 American high school students are selected to participate in the exchange. The American students participate in a year-long class, which meets once every-other week for one hour to learn about German history, customs and culture. In the summer, they fly to Germany for a 2-week exchange, where they stay with an assigned high school-aged host brother or host sister and their German host families.

While in Germany, students will have the opportunity to meet Gotha's mayor, Knut Kreuch, and experience a day at school. The students will normally travel during the day to local cities to visit historical palaces, museums, churches, and various other historical sites. Often times a weekend-long side trip to Dresden or Berlin are planned for the group.

In October, the German high school students will fly for two weeks to the USA to experience American culture and stay with their host siblings and their American host families.

Students are primarily selected from both Forestview and Ashbrook, since these are the only two schools in the county which offer German as a foreign language.Check out the Sister Cities website at:

Apply for the Summer 2013 Sister Cities group today!!

*Gotha's city hall (red building) in the middle of the city center.