- Live with a host family and experience German hospitality
- Attend a local high school and participate in the German educational system
- Develop your language skills and learn the ins-and-outs of everyday German life
- Gift shop or browse a world-famous Christmas markets during the winter months
- Enjoy some of the heartiest cuisines on the planet (think schnitzel, bratwurst and thick bread)
Known for their direct communication, Germans love spirited conversation about politics, economics, environmental issues and any other issue one can take a side on. They also passionately follow their soccer teams, especially after hosting the World Cup in 2006. You could be placed in one of three types of German schools, though most likely will be enrolled in a Gymnasium (college preparatory), a program that includes the classics, modern languages, math, or the natural sciences. Teenagers generally devote their time to academics during the week. Because there is no school in the afternoon, school-based extracurricular activities are not commonly offered; instead, communities organize activities for teens, and there are frequently festivals year-round in towns and villages.