Global Prep - Comparative Journalism in Cologne — 2020
Jun 24-27, 2020 → Jul 12-15, 2020
If you’re passionate about issues like combating climate change and exploring alternative energy methods, this Global Prep program could be the right fit for you! During your two-week adventure in Germany, you and your group of like-minded teens will attend interactive seminars about environmental protection activities while taking in some of the country’s dynamic modern cities and stunning natural landscapes. From your base in the city of Bremen, you’ll balance your time between workshops about sustainability and outings that focus on local culture, food, and history. Plus, you and your friends will get to embark on excursions to locations like an organic farm and the capital city of Berlin!
Your journey will begin in New York City, where you’ll meet the members of your group and other students studying abroad in Germany. Then you’ll travel together with your Group Leader to Frankfurt. There you’ll be met by local staff or volunteers, and take a train to your host city of Bremen for an orientation and city tour. On your way, you’re bound to pass lush green hills and town squares filled with locals taking advantage of the warm summer weather.
This program focuses on the global issues of sustainability and environmental protection. During your two weeks in Germany, you’ll attend workshops on conservation, energy usage, nutrition, and resource consumption with students from around the world. As you discuss topics like upcycling, climate change, and alternative energy, you’ll learn how to bring sustainable practices into your everyday life by developing your own project idea. These activities will help you gain a better understanding of how environmental solutions are implemented around the world.
You and your group will be staying at a hostel in Bremen, where you’ll get to know people from around the world. You can expect to share a room with up to five participants of the same gender, offering the chance to grow close with your new friends. All meals will be provided, and you’ll enjoy a primarily vegetarian diet to help build awareness of sustainable nutrition. The main language spoken at the program will be English, and no German skills are required to participate. Trained counselors will be present with the group at all times.
In your free time, you and your friends can explore your surroundings in Bremen, reflect on the day’s projects, and take part in daily intercultural activities. The program also offers several trips, including a two-day overnight visit to the city of Berlin. There, you’ll explore some of the country’s most iconic sights while getting a taste of German art, architecture, and history. Some additional excursions will include a trip to the coastal city of Bremerhaven to visit the Klimahaus, a museum devoted to the issue of climate change, as well as a visit to the German tidelands along the North Sea. You’ll also have the chance to tour an organic farm to learn more about sustainable practices and locally-sourced food.
This Global Prep experience is led by in-country experts and volunteers.
Explore topics in contemporary journalism on a two-week adventure in the historic city of Cologne. As you soak up local food, art, and culture, you and your group of high-schoolers from Germany and the U.S. will investigate the world of international media. You'll explore what goes on behind the scenes, and learn what makes a story "fake news." In between your workshops and cultural activities, you’ll tour the highlights of Germany’s capital, Berlin. By the end of your transformative experience, you’ll have gained an international perspective on current events and how the media presents them to the public. This Global Prep program is funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, through funds from the European Recovery Program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
Your journey will begin in New York, where you’ll meet the other students in your group. You’ll travel together to Frankfurt, where you’ll be welcomed at the airport by AFS Staff or Volunteers. Soon you’ll head to Cologne, located on the Rhine River in the west of the country, which will be your home-base for the next two weeks. There you’ll discuss the objectives of your program as well as cultural tips for making the most of your experience in Germany. As you settle in, you’ll have some time to take in Cologne’s diverse museums, grand churches, and historic Roman ruins.
Your program will focus on the role that the media plays in all our lives, both online and off. Through workshops and excursions to German publishing houses, media companies, or TV stations, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of news production, media consumption, and the role of social media in keeping people informed. You'll also study the contemporary climate of "fake news," and learn how to determine if a story is backed up by research and reliable sources. You’ll have the chance to reflect on how the media affects your own life and share your ideas for how it will impact the future. To tie in your lessons with your international setting, you and your friends will take some time to explore your own cultural backgrounds and discuss the benefits of living and learning in an intercultural group.
During your two weeks in Germany, you’ll stay at a youth hostel with teens from both the U.S. and Germany. You can expect to share a room with up to six students of the same gender. Camp counselors will be with the group the entire time. For your meals, you’ll have the chance to taste hearty German foods like schnitzel (pork, chicken, or veal that’s been flattened, battered, and fried) or rievkooche (potato pancakes often served with rye bread and salmon).
Cologne, which is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, is known for its striking Gothic cathedral, chocolate museum, and scenic location on the Rhine River. During your Global Prep program, you and your friends will get to explore the city’s stunning art and architecture—some of which dates back to Roman times. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll visit Berlin, Germany’s cultural and political capital. (It’s also the city with the second-highest number of vegans in the world, so there will be lots new kinds of food for you to try!) As you explore Berlin, you’ll get to see iconic sites like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, as well as spot some modern street art and cutting-edge architecture.
This Global Prep experience is led by two German and two American counselors. Your American counselors will chaperone the group to and from your host country.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.