Members of the German Parliament meet exchange students and host parents
Enlarge image Mr. Bernd Scheelen, Mrs. Dagmar Freitag, Mr. Alexander Ulrich (© Germany.info)
On April 15, 2012 four members of the German Parliament responsible for evaluating the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) met at the German Residence with German students participating in this program. The delegation was led by MP Bartholomäus Kalb and included MPs Dagmar Freitag, Bernd Scheelen and Alexander Ulrich. The students who are currently spending a year in a high school in California were accompanied by their host families as well as by representatives of exchange organizations who placed the students at local schools.
The gathering gave an excellent opportunity for both students and their host parents to share their experience and views of the exchange program with the Members of the German Parliament. Participants first had the chance to mingle and to enjoy German specialities at a buffet luncheon with German specialities. This was followed by seperate meetings of students, host parents and representatives of the exchange organizations at which they shared their respective experiences and gave suggestions as to how the student exchange between Germany and the United States can even be further improv Enlarge image Members of the German Parliament meet exchange students and host parents (© Germany.info)
Initiated in 1983, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. The program was founded in celebration of the 300th year anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States. CBYX is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. Over 17,000 students have prepared themselves for success in an increasingly global world by participating in the CBYX program.