UK-German Tandem Challenge

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Want a dynamic and interesting way to keep in touch with your German friend, tandem partner or host brother or sister? Take part in our Tandem challenge!

With the UK-German Tandem Challenge you can stay connected while discovering each other’s cultures, having fun taking photos and helping to educate others too!

Working on a challenge together can be a great way to get to know someone better or continue your existing friendship.

Here’s the challenge – read on to find out how to take part.

With thanks to Tandemweltweit participants who helped develop this activity with UK-German Connection!

Please note: By entering an image as part of this challenge, you grant UK-German Connection non-exclusive permission to use your photo for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, without any remuneration being due.

  • Who can take part?

    To take part you must be:

    • Younger than 26 years old
    • A permanent resident of the UK or Germany

    You do not have to be learning German.

  • How do I take part?

    Step 1: Get chatting

    Share the challenge (see image above) with your German friend and discuss the categories shown. Think about:

    • Are there similarities or differences in these areas between the UK and Germany?
    • Are they the same all over your country or are there regional differences?
    • What aspects of your own culture might be interesting or surprising for your partner to learn?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the thing in each country?
    • What is your personal connection to that topic?

    You can talk about as many or as few categories as you like and go as deep as you want with the discussions.

    If you’re communicating with your partner over the internet, make sure to follow these tips for staying safe online.

    Step 2: Get snapping

    For each topic you discuss, each take a photo to represent that item or idea in your country (and region).

    Or if you can’t take a photo of the category, try drawing it (perhaps for the language-based categories).

    [For privacy reasons, please do not send us photos that show people’s faces.]

    Step 3: Share your findings

    For each topic you discussed and photographed, write a few lines to summarise what you learned about the other culture (see our examples below). You can write in English or German (or write one text in each language).

    Send us your text with your photos as an email attachment to with the following information:

    • Your names
    • Your ages
    • Your schools/institutions
    • Your locations

    If you have social media, you could also post your photos and findings there (in addition to sending them by email):

        • use the hashtag #UKGermanTandemChallenge
        • and tag us @ukgconnection (Instagram) / @ukgconnection (Twitter) / @ukgermanconnection (Facebook)
  • Examples

    Here’s an example entry on the topic of ‘regional festivals‘:

    My partner showed me photos of the ‘Maibaum’ in her village – it’s a big decorated tree trunk that is put up every year on the 1st of May and they have a big festival. Nearby villages try to steal each others’ Maibaum! They couldn’t celebrate together this year but the ‘Maibaum’ was still put up in the village square and my partner showed me the traditional dress (Dirndl) she would have worn to the festival – it wasn’t like the ones I’ve seen before as it went all the way down to her feet.

    Meine Partnerin hat mir vom ‘Edinburgh Tattoo’ erzählt. Das ist Teil des Edinburgh Festivals und ist eine Art Vorführung vor dem Schloss.  Es gibt traditionellen Tanz und schottische Musik – von Dudelsäcken natürlich – und Feuerwerke. Im August findet in Edinburgh auch das ‘Fringe Festival’ statt – das ist das weltweit größte Kulturfestival. Ich wusste nicht, dass im Sommer in Edinburgh so viel los ist und würde die Stadt so gerne besuchen!

    Here’s an example submission on the topic of ‘Christmas treats‘:

    Ich habe gehört, dass in Großbritannien zu Weihnachten ‘mince pies’ gebacken werden. Das sind kleine Gebäckstücke gefüllt mit einer Fruchtmischung und Gewürzen. Am Heiligen Abend lassen viele Briten einen ‘mince pie’ und ein Getränk vor der Tür für den Weihnachtsmann! Das finde ich süß.

    My partner and I talked about Christmas treats in the UK and Germany. In Germany they make lots of different types of little biscuits called ‘Plätzchen’ in all different shapes and with different flavours like cinnamon. My partner’s grandmother always bakes about 8 different types and gives them out to the family throughout December. This photo shows the selection she just made – they look great!


    Please note: All photos submitted must be in JPG format, with high quality and resolution, of a maximum of 5MB in size but not lower than 1MB.

  • What happens after we've submitted our challenge photos?

    We will share your Tandem Challenge photos and findings on our social media channels and on our website at the end of September to share your new knowledge with the wider world and display the countries through many different eyes!

    You can follow the journey on:

    Twitter – @ukgconnection

    Instagram – @ukgconnection

    Facebook – /ukgermanconnection

  • What if I don't have a German partner?

    No problem – you can still take part on your own!

    Submit your photo(s) and texts to explain them to share aspects of your culture that you think would be interesting for German young people to know. We can still include them in our web and social media posts.

  • How will my photos be used?

    By submitting photos to the challenge, you grant UK-German Connection non-exclusive permission to use your photo for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, without any remuneration being due. If and when we use your photo we will credit you accordingly.

    Your photo entries may be showcased:

    • on our UK-German Connection social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instragram)
    • as website content related to the theme of the competition and the promotion of youth relations on

    If you have any questions about this, please email

  • Further questions?

    If you have any questions, please contact