Germany

German cityscape

CBYX Students

Some students from Germany are Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the CBYX Program.

Country Information

Germany is modern, friendly and welcoming. Sports–especially soccer–are an important part of German life and there are many sports clubs and youth groups. Germany is a front-runner in the fields of renewable energies and recycling.

Stories

We have 4 little boys and wanted a good role model for them. One of the best things about Lars is he made an effort to spend quality time with the boys and the family. It was a very positive experience,” says Brett Langenbau, AFS Host dad to Lars from Germany. “People get nervous thinking of having a teenager in their home…but what they don’t realize is the student can bring them closer together…Lars (and other exchange students) are much more open and willing to try new things and be family oriented.

Lifestyle and Family

Germans are known for being industrious, thrifty, hardworking, orderly, and they value punctuality and privacy. Most Germans keep appointments exactly at the time they agreed on. People value honesty and obedience to rules and regulations. Many Germans are actively engaged in their social life, community, or school life. People are very interested to talk about politics, culture, environment, or sports.

Germans usually shake hands when saying hello or goodbye. Nevertheless, Germans are not as cold as they are said to be. Hugging among relatives and friends is very common. Though they may appear reserved at first, they have warm hearts filled with real values of friendship and family.

Teen Life and Sports

German society is cultural and social. Cities are proud of their theaters, orchestras, art academies, art collections, museums, and libraries. Many festivals are organized during the year in towns, communities or villages. Germans like to gather together, talk, and eat well.

Because there is no school in the afternoon, extracurricular activities are not commonly offered. Consequently, German students develop their own activities. Many Germans enjoy sports, hiking and bicycling, as well as watching TV and visiting friends. Soccer, taking walks, and cultural events are particularly popular activities. Teenagers generally devote their time to academics during the week. On weekends, they like to get together in each others’ homes, go to cafés or to movies.

Diet

German cooking is generally very good and often rich. In most families, red meat, poultry, or fish are served with potatoes, dumplings, noodles or rice, and vegetables.

Germans are very aware of healthy eating and the number of vegetarians is steadily increasing especially among young people. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. The main meal of the day is often served at noon.

Germany is famous for its many types of bread, and cakes and coffee are sometimes served on Sunday afternoons. Meals are served at regular hours and all family members are expected to take part in them. Snacking and raiding the refrigerator are not done.

Language and Religion

German is the official language of Germany. The two major religious affiliations are Protestant and Roman Catholic, but the country is mostly a secular society.

Alex's Mother's Day Message to his Host Mother, Sherry


Dear Sherry,

From all my heart - a happy mother's day to you!

Being able to speak a second language perfectly, having friends all around the world, getting to know and living another culture, appreciating your own country more, seeing what home really means, and having now a second family on another continent - that's your achievement! And I thank you for it - now and every day I'll sit bored around back in Germany and think about the great times I had!

Love, Alex

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