Activities and project ideas

Once you have set up your partnership and introduced coordinators and pupils to one another, you’re ready to start working on your first joint project together. We can facilitate collaboration between you and your partner with funding for joint projects and trips.

Please note that if you are applying for funding for a joint project, there should be evidence of sufficient discussion and collaboration between the two groups of young people.

Initial starter activity ideas for new partnerships

Start off small and build on your partnership year by year. Smaller or virtual activities can also be less intimidating for young people who are apprehensive about visiting a partner school in Germany.

Our Youth Ambassadors have come up with some initial starter projects you could undertake with your new partner:

  • Email exchange
    Get young people to introduce themselves to each other via email.
  • Letter or parcel exchange
    Exchange photographs, traditional gifts and things typical to your local area.
  • Skype club / class Skype session
    Allow young people to engage in real conversation and informal discussion using Skype.
  • Video exchange
    Pupils could create and send short videos which represent their life at school or local area. These can tie in with curriculum topics, too!
  • Artistic exchange
    Get pupils to express their identity through art and send their work to your partner school.
  • Music playlist swap
    As a class, come up with a list of 10 interesting songs that you would like to share with your German partner school. They could pick their favourites, and send some in return!

Opening up with smaller opportunities would be less daunting for students and would ease them into the process rather than immediately going to stay with an exchange partner that they don’t know. (Becky, Youth Ambassador)

Project topics

Here are some examples of topics you can work on with your partner school or youth group, many of which are suited to young people of all ages. For more inspiration, check out our showcase section with real examples of putting theory into practice.

  • Culture and the arts

    Stage a play or musical together or organise a joint art exhibition.

  • Lifestyle and health

    Look at a ‘day in the life of’ with young people or organise a joint sports event.

  • Energy and the environment

    Design a recycling plant together, create clothing made of discarded materials for a ‘trashion’ show, or run a project on the local geography of the two areas

  • Citizenship and inclusion

    Run a local event to celebrate cultural understanding and diversity, sharing project outcomes with the wider community.

  • Europe

    Introduce political and societal topics to students by organising a debate based on current affairs.

  • STEM subjects

    Take on a project to co-design a new building, create a prototype for a new gadget or carry out scientific experiments and compare the results.

  • Business and enterprise

    Stimulate entrepreneurship by bringing students together to devise a product or service and set up their own company