Cultural Exchange Ambassadors

Applications for the Cultural Exchange Ambassadors programme 2020-21 are now closed.

Cultural Exchange Ambassadors are English & German Language Assistants working in the other country. The programme provides Ambassadors with the opportunity to meet each other, partner up and run bilateral projects together.

“This project was definitely one of the highlights from my Year Abroad. It was a great experience for myself and my students.”

With the challenges of both German language learning in the UK, and the impact of Covid-19 on international school exchange, it’s more important than ever to bring language lessons and intercultural learning to life. This programme provides your students with the opportunity to connect meaningfully with their peers in the other country, whilst discovering a new culture!

  • What do Cultural Exchange Ambassadors do?

    In your role as CEA, you’d work together with a partner or in a small bilateral cluster to:

    • run small joint projects, activities, events or clubs in order to inspire and motivate young people in your schools for the language and culture of the other country
    • enable young people to have direct, meaningful contact with young people in the other country and make lessons come to life through active involvement in joint projects with their peers
    • run at least one project within your school or in conjunction with other schools in the area

    What is a project?

    • Bilateral – projects should be run with a partner Ambassador from the other country, or with an existing partner school
    • Address themes that are of educational value, as well as interesting and relevant for pupils
    • Can be as long or as short as you like! You could run a project for the whole course of your assistantship, or just for a day (e.g. a project day!)
  • What project support is available?

    Alongside dedicated webinars and seminars, UK-German Connection offers the following support for your project throughout your time as an Ambassador:

    • a project fund to support with project activities throughout the year
    • a forum for Ambassadors – for introductions, sharing project ideas, and keeping in touch throughout the year
    • group “check-in” conference calls (online) – Ambassadors can share project updates, discuss any challenges, and generally keep in touch
    • advice and support from programme alumni acting as mentors
    • a dedicated member of staff providing ongoing support throughout the year
  • Project themes for 2020-21

    The overarching theme for this year’s projects is ‘Sustainability’. All Ambassadors will be encouraged to focus elements of their bilateral project on this theme. Projects could zoom in on any number of smaller sub-themes related to sustainability, such as:

    • the impact of our everyday choices (e.g. food, fashion, transport)
    • building more sustainable cities, spaces and public buildings
    • the importance of protecting our local areas (coastal regions, urban areas)

    Examples and guidance will be provided at the introductory webinars, but Cultural Exchange Ambassadors are also encouraged to develop their own ideas and activities on the theme of ‘Sustainablility’, and to think of ways to make these themes engaging for their pupils.

    Explore our 2020 Ambassador projects, which were also focussed on sustainability.

  • Programme support

    The Cultural Exchange Ambassadors programme is carried out with the support of the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, the British Council and the Goethe-Institut. You can find more information on the language assistants programme on their websites: