Cultural Exchange Ambassadors

Applications for the Cultural Exchange Ambassadors programme 2021-22 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.” (previous Ambassador)

  • 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!)
  • When & where do you meet the other Ambassadors?

    In previous years, Ambassadors have met face-to-face for two seminars in London. The ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions mean that a face-to-face introductory meeting will not be possible. We remain hopeful that we will be able to run a face-to-face Evaluation Seminar in May 2022, where all Ambassadors can meet.

    The plan for this year’s meetings is as follows:

    January 2022 – Introductory Webinars

    • Opportunity to plan projects, speak to previous Ambassadors, and get to know other English & German Language Assistants
    • Webinars will be held across two dates:
      • Webinar 1: Wednesday, 12 January – 18:00 – 19:30 German time
      • Webinar 2: Saturday, 15 January – 11:00 – 16:00 German time

    May 2022 – Evaluation Seminar

    • Opportunity for Ambassadors to share their experiences, present their projects and evaluate the wider programme

    A face-to-face Evaluation Seminar in London planned for 13-15 May 2022.

    If a face-to-face seminar goes ahead, UK-German Connection will cover the project-related costs for the seminar, including travel, accommodation and subsistence.

    Regular “Check-in” meetings

    • Chance for Ambassadors to meet and share what they have done in their projects so far, and how their further planning is going
    • Check-in meetings will be offered to all Ambassadors every six weeks (beginning in February 2022)

    All Ambassadors must be able to attend all meetings (including introductory webinars, and May Evaluation Seminar).

  • 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
  • What skills and competencies are expected?

    Get involved if you:

    • are enthusiastic about enhancing UK-German youth relations
    • have an interest in developing and running projects within your school
    • are able to work on your own initiative as well as within a network
    • are committed, reliable, open and flexible
    • possess good organisational skills
    • have good communication skills and intercultural awareness
  • Project themes for 2021-22

    Ambassador projects for 2021-22 should focus elements of their bilateral project on one of the following three themes:

    • Identity and culture, e.g.
      1. youth, regional, and national identities
      2. festivals and traditions through the eyes of young people
      3. technology and social media
    • Sustainability, e.g.
      1. the impact of our everyday choices
      2. building more sustainable cities, spaces and public buildings
      3. the importance of protecting our local areas (coastal regions, urban areas)
    • The world after Covid-19, e.g.
      1. maintaining (international) friendships & connections
      2. digitalisation / digital “transformation”
      3. skills and careers for a new future

    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 one of the three above themes, and to think of ways to make these themes engaging for their pupils.

  • 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:

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, or would like further information about the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

    Email: ambassadors@ukgermanconnection.org