My name is Franziska, and I’m going to study for two semesters Human Resource Management at the Rutgers university. It is a good opportunity not only getting to know another country but also a whole new (university-) culture – the university in Constance is a little bit smaller… Thanks to the program “Ambassadors in Sneakers,“ we get the chance to talk about similarities and differences in everyday life, and different situations with American students. I am excited about many new impressions. It’s a very nice program to create a real personal exchange and to discuss questions. For all of you who want to learn something not only about American but also German culture, it is a great and unique opportunity to become a Senior Ambassador.
Hi, my name is Christian. In April 2014, I finished my studies in politics and administrative sciences at the university of Constance. As part of my studies in my masters, I’m completing now a second study abroad at the Rutgers university until May 2015 and therefore live in New Brunswick, NJ. The feeling of going into a new country and getting new impressions is not new to me. An intercultural training is a great possibility to prepare for a study abroad. What I particularly like about the program “Ambassadors in Sneakers“ is to give the American students an insight ion my native land, and to give them an understanding of its characteristics. On the other hand, it provides an opportunity to question prejudices and stereotypes in order to partly remove them / clear them up. Also for me, being an “Ambassador“, it is extremely exciting to talk with students of the high school in Toms River about my home country and its habits.
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I study politics and administration in Constance. Right now I am studying a year abroad at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
When I heard about the project Ambassadors in Sneakers, I was immediately convinced by it because I believe it is very important to promote intercultural exchange. Staying in a different country involves a lot of new and exciting experiences: it broadens the personal horizon and shapes the personality far beyond the exchange. During my Highschool Year in the US (2008) I realized that it is not as common for young Americans to go abroad as it is for Europeans already. Moreover, I know from my personal experience that going abroad is a huge step requiring a lot of courage, especially in this particular age. Hence, I want to support Ambassadors in Sneakers and help young people overcome potential fear from the foreign culture.
To me, “Ambassadors in Sneakers” is an amazing opportunity to actively participate in the intercultural exchange and to pass on at least some of the hospitality I enjoyed during my time in the US.
Hi, my name is Ursula. I’m studying English and biology to become a teacher at the university of Würzburg. Currently, I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, because I applied for a year abroad, and fortunately have been chosen
When I heard about the program “Ambassadors in Sneakers” of the German-American institute for the first time, I was immediately interested in. Not only the fact that it was an opportunity to work with students again but also that a school from Mexico gets the possibility to do a trip to Germany was really exciting for me. With “Ambassadors in Sneakers”, you get the opportunity to overcome cultural bias of your native land and you can give the students an understanding of your culture and its customs. As an exchange student, I know exactly what it feels like to be in a foreign country without your family for a longer period of time. For this reason, I want to share my experiences with the students. I commit myself to the intercultural exchange because I stand wholeheartedly behind this project and am firmly convinced that stereotypes can be overcome and transnational friendships can be established.
I am Doro and I’m studying psychology in Würzburg (Bavaria). Currently, I’m doing my second semester abroad at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, USA. Once, I have also participated in an intercultural training in Germany and was very excited about it. It is a great opportunity to get first impressions of an alien country and of its culture and people. The main purpose of such a training is to clear up existing stereotypes an wrong ideas. I think it’s great to get the opportunity to get a different view, and to provide the students of a high school in Santa Fe with insights of my home country. It is so much fun and interesting to hear how the American students imagine Germany, and what they expect from their time abroad. With this project, we try to make the students familiar with Germany, take away their nervousness and prepare them for their big and exciting trip in the best way possible…speaking German works already pretty well.
My name is Katrin and I’m studying in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the help of the 30th parliamentary sponsorship-program. I think it is a great opportunity to participate in a project such as “Ambassadors in Sneakers”. As an exchange student I know how it feels to be in a foreign country and I was really glad to share my own impressions and experiences. I also enjoyed sharing my knowledge about the German language, customs, and culture and I hope that we could take away some of their fears. Nowadays, an intercultural exchange is very important. Due to the internet, the world gets smaller and to a certain extent, it demands for a cultural adaption. Furthermore, it is really interesting to get to know more about another country. That’s how you learn something about yourself as well and become aware of your own origin. It was so much fun working together with the team on this project and to bring Germany and the USA closer together.
I am Lisa, student of politics from Bonn, and I’m studying one year abroad in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since I live her, I realized how different Americans are, and how the people and the country frequently surprise me. “Ambassadors in Sneakers” is so much fun and is a great opportunity to convey a personal image of Germany in a group of young people, and to reflect about what is new, different, unexpected, special, and similar- on both sides. In addition, the work and organization within the group with the other “ambassadors,” the cooperation with the school as well as the visits in the classes in Santa Fe are exciting, funny, and informative. Those who get the chance to participate should definitely grab the chance!