Socio-political issues for which there is no space in class, areas of conflict in the class/school that should be dealt with outside of school or simply social learning in international exchange:
We turn the desired topic into a program for a children’s and youth education week or a international children’s and youth encounter with a partner institution, mostly in Poland.
Accompanied by teachers or school social workers, the students come to our educational center for a few days in class or across classes and embark on a non-formal learning adventure.
- Preliminary discussion about the topic requests from the students and organizational arrangements
- Preparation and implementation of the program by a team provided by us (plus language mediators for international projects)
- Accommodation in our educational facility/guest house in Potsdam
- Application and billing of funding
- Inclusion of an interested Polish partner school in German-Polish exchange projects (if available, an existing partnership can also be brought along). If a return meeting in Poland is desired, everyone will meet again some time later at our partner organization in Poland.
School types and age groups
After over 20 years of experience in international extracurricular youth education, we have experienced almost all age groups and school types in our projects.
An exchange with accommodation in an educational institution (instead of in the students’ families) is also very suitable for primary or special needs students who require close supervision from the school’s accompanying persons – and for students who could not take in anyone for family reasons.
Our extracurricular projects with schools are supported by the Brandenburg Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (only schools from the state of Brandenburg) and by the German-Polish Youth Office (for German-Polish projects). This results in a comparatively low participation fee for everyone. Institutions from hotspot districts, special schools, vocational schools, secondary and secondary schools even benefit from special funding conditions at the DPJW.
Further possible funding for school cooperation arises if the project fits thematically into the framework of our current model project.
Role of the accompanying persons
The accompanying persons from the school are responsible for supervision during the project days (during the day and at night) and support the students in self-catering, which we provide pedagogical guidance.
You can bring in individual program requests and implement them with your students (e.g. certain excursions), but for the rest of the time you can hand over the guiding role to us and thus get to know the children and young people from a new perspective.
Current programs and collaborations
- „Zusammen kommen wir weiter – Jetzt beruflich!“ (Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk)
- INISEK – Initiative Sekundarstufe I
- Antidiscriminiation project body identities ´Bodyclash´ (2023-2025)
Upon request, we would be happy to send you an offer, including an exemplary program, for a German-Polish school encounter lasting several days or youth education days with us.
Tanja Berger (Coordinator Education Department)
+49 331 5813 224