The “Schools Exchange for Success” Network
"Schools Exchange for Success" („Austausch macht Schule“) is the network of specialist support and funding organisations for international school and youth exchange in Germany. They have been working together since 2013 to strengthen, support and promote international exchanges among schools and pupils.
The members of the group have seen first-hand that intercultural experiences are significant in shaping the lives of young people and in the long term promote better understanding of global relationships.
The group calls for international school and youth exchanges to be firmly embedded in the educational system, advocating that every pupil should have the opportunity to take part in an intercultural exchange of some kind, either through meeting peers from other countries, time spent abroad or through virtual exchange.
The organisations therefore work together to consolidate existing international activity, further develop relevant frameworks and introduce new initiatives to foster and promote school and youth exchange. Conferences and specialist events provide the opportunity for dialogue for teachers, youth workers and other education professionals.
The initiative helps to develop training modules on international school and youth exchange with the aim of having them incorporated as core constituents in teacher training schemes. The network also acts as a platform, providing support for schools and youth groups as they work together and develop activities in the field of international exchange.
The network is made up of eleven organisations:
- AJA - Non-profit International Youth Exchange
- ConAct - Coordination Centre for German-Israeli Youth Exchange
- DFJW-OFAJ - Franco-German Youth Office
- DPJW-PNWM - German-Polish Youth Office
- German-Turkish Youth Bridge
- IJAB - International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange
- Tandem: German-Czech Youth Exchange Coordination Centre
- UK-German Connection: bringing young people together
"Schools Exchange for Success" receives substantial support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Stiftung Mercator.
Its work is coordinated by a project team, currently based at the headquarters of the Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange.
Initiative »Austausch macht Schule« (“Schools Exchange for Success”)
Bernd Böttcher (Project Coordination)
Tel. +49 (0)40 87 88 679-31
Fax +49 (0)40 87 88 679-20
c/o Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch
Mittelweg 117b, 20149 Hamburg, Germany