Host a Teacher from Germany

Our Host a Teacher Programme is running in 2020-21 and we now accept applications from schools. Apply by 18 September 2020 to host later in the autumn term, and 1 December 2020 to host in the spring and/or summer term of 2021.

Would you like to have authentic German cultural input in your school? Through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme, your school can host a German teacher for one, two or three weeks during the academic year, at no cost. Find out how your school could benefit!

All schools and further education colleges from the whole of the UK can take part. The UK coordinating teacher does not need to be a teacher of German, and German does not need to be on the school’s curriculum; visiting teachers are either teachers of English or have good knowledge of the English language.

Please note that any arrangements made through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme may be subject to developments in the situation regarding Covid-19 and Brexit. We are monitoring developments together with our partners in Germany and will inform you of any updates which may affect the programme, as soon as we can. 

Benefits include:

  • boost of authentic German culture brought to your school by a qualified teacher from Germany
  • Joint thematic learning: both sides are able to benefit from discussing educational and curricular themes together and gain a new perspective
  • The visit helps to broaden horizons, break down any existing prejudices, and increase pupils’ intercultural awareness and understanding
  • Linguistic teaching support: pupils and teachers are able to practise their German speaking and gain confidence in conversing in the language
  • Discussion and reflection: teachers gain new insight into the German education system, discuss educational issues and are able to reflect on current practice
  • A chance to discuss and develop a potential partnership for future project activities

Hosting options

UK schools can either be matched with a German teacher on the basis of a hosting (application) form or host a teacher who is known to them, e.g. from a partner school.

  • When does the visit take place?

    Visits take place for either one, two or three weeks during the school year, and schools can indicate their preferred dates on their hosting form, as well as any dates which are unsuitable. The exact times should be agreed between you and your German visitor.

  • Vetting and support

    All visiting teachers are fully-qualified and vetted under the German system. Further information on vetting and criminal record checks is available on Health and Safety: Host a Teacher from Germany. More information will be provided to all participating schools.

    We will also provide you with practical tips and support about how to get the most out of the visit for both sides.

  • Accommodation

    Visiting teachers either stay in host families (if your school is in a position to offer this), or in a local B&B. The visiting teacher pays the host family £150 per week for board and lodging. Further details about accommodation is available in our Host a Teacher from Germany 2020-21 – programme information for UK schools.

  • Matching

    On the basis of the application form, you will be matched with a teacher from Germany, taking into account your school’s context and profile as far as possible. However, an exact match in terms of school type and subjects is not always possible.

  • Timeline

    Deadlines for applications: 18 September 2020 for schools wishing to host later in the autumn term, and 1 December 2020 for schools wishing to host in the spring and/or summer term.

    Depending on when you submit your form, you will be notified of the hosting arrangements, either

    • in early October 2020 (for all submissions received by 18 September 2020) – or –  
    • before Christmas 2020 (for all submissions received afterwards, and by 1 December 2020)