Host a Teacher from Germany

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.

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 host offer form (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 and 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. For more information, please refer to our programme information.

  • 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

    Schools interested in hosting a teacher from Germany in 2020-21 will be able to apply from June 2020.