World-renowned for its rich cultural history, festive celebrations and historic sites, Germany also has a vibrant arts scene and is a front runner in the fields of renewable energy and conservation. This country stretches from flat farming country in the north to rolling hills in the centre to the Alps in the south. Germans enjoy a high standard of living, are famous for their precision, and highly value punctuality. You will always find someone debating politics, culture, environmental issues or sports.

Germany offers an active youth culture, and a wide range of activities to choose from. German teenagers generally devote weekdays to studying and leave community organized activities, sports and hanging out for the weekends.


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Host Family & Community

You will most likely live in a small town or in the German countryside. Family life is important, but Germany offers you a chances to a bit more independent than is some other countries. Young people are encouraged to care of their own affairs. Be prepared to share the household chores.


You’ll most likely attend a university-preparatory school called a gymnasium, where classes run from 7:30 am or 8:30 am to somewhere between 2 pm to 4 pm. Lectures in class are interactive and you are expected to ask questions and join in the discussions.


German is the official language of Germany. You’ll begin learning German through a Rosetta Stone course before you arrive. You may also have the opportunity to take additional language lessons with your local AFS volunteer chapter.


German cuisine is often rich, and differs depending on the region. Red meat, poultry, or fish served with potatoes, dumplings, noodles or rice, and vegetables are popular. Germany is famous for its many types of bread, cakes like the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte(Black Forest Cake) and coffee. Before the meal, your host family might say, “Guten Appetit,” which invites you to enjoy your meal. A hot meal is usually served once a day. Meals are served at specific hours, and all family members are expected to dine together and be on time.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.
Year Exchange PROGRAM

Program Date: August/September, 2020 – June/July, 2021
Birth Date Range: To be Confirmed

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

Program dates may vary and are meant to help with general scheduling only.
All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and programs are filled first-come, first-serve.

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