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German Teacher Invited to NY Training for Exchange Program

Edina Kecse, German teacher at Mount Si High School, was invited by the Goethe-Institut New York to attend a workshop on the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), a short term school-to-school exchange program.

At the January 16-17 event, 40 teachers from 24 states gathered in New York to share new ideas for exchange programs and to receive support from long-term GAPP sponsors and administrators. Kecse was briefed on program coordinator tasks for her upcoming school exchange with Germany, and had the chance to meet with high level representatives of the German Consulate in New York. She also met the executive director of the American Association of Teachers of German, executive director of the Goethe-Institut NY, head of the Language Department and executive director of GAPP.

“It was great to meet other coordinators across the country. I gained lots of valuable ideas to consider for our exchange program,” said Kecse.

At Mount Si High School, Frau Kecse (as she is referred to by her students) has been organizing a popular exchange program for several years, in partnership with the Riesener Gymnasium, a secondary school in Gladbeck, Germany. Recently, this exchange program became an official GAPP exchange, for which Kecse is the GAPP Coordinator. Since the school’s program started, it has offered many students the opportunity to travel to Germany, to test what they have learned in their German Language classes, and to forge new international friendships.

This summer, in June/July of 2016, a group of approximately 20 Mount Si High School students are planning to travel to visit their new German partners, whom they hosted in the Snoqualmie Valley last October (2015). These local students will live with their host families and participate in school activities during their stay.

The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) develops highly successful and cost-effective exchange programs between the United States and Germany. Sponsored by the German Department for Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State, it inspires international understanding, promotes language instruction, and motivates personal friendships.
Edina Kecse at NY GAPP workshop
Mount Si High School German Teacher Edina Kecse (pictured in 2nd row, 5th from the right)
attended a training workshop in New York for the German American Partnership Program.