Cultural Exchange Ambassadors

Please note: the application process is currently closed.

Leading bicultural projects, and creating connections between UK & German schools

Are you an English Language Assistant based in a school in Germany? Do you want to enhance your Language Assistantship and gain valuable project management skills? Are you interested in meeting German assistants in UK schools and creating a cultural connection between your two schools?

General information about the programme

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

With the current challenges facing German language learning in the UK, it’s more important than ever to bring language lessons to life and provide students with the opportunity to connect meaningfully with their peers in the other country, whilst discovering a new culture!

Es hat meine Zeit als FSA so viel interessanter, vielfältiger, lustiger und hilfreicher – einfach so viel besser – gemacht!
(Former German Ambassador)
  • What do Cultural Exchange Ambassadors do?
    • run small joint projects, activities, events or clubs in order to inspire and motivate young people in their 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 their 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!)
  • Project themes for 2019-20

    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)
  • Project 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:

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, or would like further information about the programme, please contact us:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 1572