Our meet-up group, Café Connect gives you the chance to get to know other young people through fun, interactive activities, and group discussions on current topics. Take part and make new friends, learn about the other culture, and practise (or even pick up) some German!
Taking place twice a month, these online meet-ups are a unique opportunity to exchange with other young people from the UK and Germany in a friendly atmosphere – on topics that interest you! You can join as many sessions as you like and you can get involved even if you don’t speak any German.
When do the meet-ups take place?
Meet-ups will take place fortnightly, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays:
- Tuesday meetings are for general cultural discussions and activities (see list of potential topics & activities below)
- Thursday meetings will have a language focus, where participants will have the chance to speak some German (alongside English) together with participants from Germany
Each meeting will last for around 1.25 hours and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is space in the registration form for you to tell us which meeting(s) you would like to attend.
The next meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates*:
- Tuesday, 25 January at 4:30pm
- Thursday, 10 February at 4:30pm (language focus)
- Tuesday, 22 February at 4:30pm
- Thursday, 10 March at 4:30pm (language focus)
*Further meeting dates will be added here at a later date
What happens at Café Connect meetings?
The meet-ups include a mixture of interactive group activities, such as games and quizzes, group discussions and the opportunity to chat in smaller breakout groups.
Topics may include (amongst others) music & film, the environment, school life, social media, identity & culture…
There will be the opportunity for participants to contribute ideas for discussion topics and activities will vary from meeting to meeting.
Who can take part?
You can take part if you:
- are aged 14-18 and in full-time secondary education (or are continuing your education through an apprenticeship, training or volunteer placement)
- are a resident of the UK or Germany
- are interested in meeting young people from Germany
- are able to actively take part in the meeting(s) and contribute to the discussions and activities
The Tuesday Cafés will be held in English; some German language elements may be included, but you don’t need any prior language knowledge and/or translations will be provided.
Thursday Cafés are for German language learners (of any level), and participants will be given the chance to speak some German with other participants in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
Confirmation of support from your school and permission from your parent(s)/guardian(s) is required to take part.
How do I register?
- fill in our Registration Form (on Microsoft Forms) to sign up
- in this short form, you will need to provide a teacher or youth group leader’s name & email address, as well as contact details for your parent/guardian (if under-18)
If it’s your first time joining, you need to ask your teacher / youth group leader to send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org – in this email they should confirm that they support your participation in the meeting(s). They can use the following template:
- “I confirm that [pupil name] is a pupil of mine at [school name / youth group], and that I support them taking part in Café Connect, run by UK-German Connection.”
We need to receive your registration form and the statement from your teacher / youth group leader at least 48 hours before the (first) meeting.
After sign-up you’ll also be sent our Digital Safeguarding document, which you must read and respond to (see ‘online safety’ for further details).
We will be in touch to confirm your participation, and to share the access details for joining the call, at least 24 hours beforehand and/or after we’ve received the digital safeguarding statement.
What equipment do I need to take part?
The online meetings will be hosted using a video conferencing website. Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call.
You will need a laptop, tablet or smart phone with a camera and microphone and stable internet connection. We also strongly recommend headphones.
If you do not have such equipment of your own, we recommend speaking to your teacher or youth group leader to see if you can borrow equipment or use the library.
Each participant should attend using their own, individual device unless there is a compelling reason for several participants to use one device. In this case, please contact us in advance. This is for safeguarding as well as technical reasons.
If you have any other barriers to taking part, please get in touch to speak to us about this on email@example.com
Our online events take place in a protected and moderated environment and are led by experienced and vetted UK-German Connection staff, including a dedicated online-safety contact.
Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call. Online safety briefings will be given at the beginning of each event, including guidance on how to privately ask for help or support. The meetings will not be recorded, and contact details of participants will not be shared without prior written permission.
In advance of joining their first meeting, participants (and their parents, if under-18) must read & confirm our Digital Safeguarding document, which includes the following information:
- our code of conduct for expected online behaviour during the webinar
- technical safety features for our webinars, and how to share any concerns with staff during the meeting
After receiving the Digital Safeguarding document, you must send an email (together with your parents, if under-18) confirming that you have read it and will adhere to it; this must be received by us at least 3 hours before the start of the event in order for you to be admitted. The digital safeguarding statement has to be submitted only once, in advance of the first meeting; there’s a simplified sign-up procedure for joining further meetings in the Café Connect series.
If you, your parent/guardian or your teacher / youth group leader have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about these sessions, please send an email to email@example.com