Join “Meet US”: Americans in Dialogue with Secondary School Students in Germany

A Program of the Embassy and Consulates of the United States of America in Germany, supported by Fulbright Germany

  • What is the American Dream?
  • What does a typical school day in the U.S. look like?
  • How does the U.S. election system work?

These are some typical questions that young Germans often have about the United States of America. The Meet US program is designed to help clarify the picture by bringing Americans – U.S. citizens from all backgrounds of life residing in Germany, as well as U.S. embassy/consulate staff – together with secondary school students in Germany to engage them in a dialogue about everyday life in the United States. The goal is to give youth in Germany a better understanding of the U.S. and to break down stereotypes.

The Meet US program is an important part of the cultural outreach activities of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. It reaches out to all secondary schools in Germany. This program is free of cost to the schools.

Fulbright Germany with its mission to promote transatlantic exchange supports the program. Especially the Fulbright Teaching Assistants who serve at schools across Germany will contribute as speakers to the Meet US program. Thus they bring their American experience not only to their own classrooms, but also reach students at other schools in their regions.

How does the program work?

The Americans meet with the students, either in their classrooms or virtually, to talk about anything that helps give the students a first-hand impression of American society. The topics can be tailored to complement the school curriculum. However, the intention is not to provide scientific or academic lectures, but rather to offer a personal look on social, historical or cultural aspects of the United States and the interests and aspirations of Americans. The guest speakers usually start with a short introduction and then open the floor to discussion and questions. The main goal is to generate an open and direct dialogue between the students and their American guests. The discussions may be conducted in either English or German.

English Teaching Assistant Uy-Di Nancy Le at a school in Cottbus
English Teaching Assistant Uy-Di Nancy Le at a school in Cottbus

Sign-up as host school

If you are a teacher at a German secondary school and interested in hosting a Meet US speaker, please complete the registration form here.

Registrations are possible on a rolling basis. However, we encourage you to register until November 26 to increase the chances of having a Meet US speaker join your classroom soon.

By registering, you will be added to the program's contact database and your school to the interactive map below. Then – depending on availability – a Meet US speaker from your region may contact you to plan a visit to your school. After the visit we would ask you to fill out a brief survey to evaluate the initiative and ensure the best possible experience for future participants.

If you would like to specifically request a discussion with an official representative of the U.S. embassy/consulate, then please do not use the registration form, but instead please contact the embassy/consulate in your region directly. Contact information can be found at: https://de.usembassy.gov/de/meet-us-de/

Sign-up as Meet US speaker 

Fulbright Germany coordinates the participation of English Teaching Assistants (ETA). If you are an ETA willing to participate as speaker, please contact us at meetus@fulbright.de.

Otherwise, if you are an American living in Germany and interested in sharing your experience with German high school students, please contact the embassy or consulate responsible for your region. A list with contact details can be found here.

#MEETUSGERMANY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Participants can share their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MeetUSGermany and by tagging:

  • Instagram: @usbotschaft @FulbrightGermany
  • Facebook: @usbotschaftberlin@FulbrightGermany
  • Twitter: @usbotschaft @fulbright_de

Read about the experiences of Fulbright grantee and Meet US speaker Sophia Warner, who taught as an ETA at the Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Gymnasium in Berlin (see photo at top).

Contact

Fulbright Germany
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin
Germany

meetus@fulbright.de