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.
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.
The map below shows schools which have signed up to host a Meet US speaker this school year.
Fulbright Germany coordinates the participation of English Teaching Assistants (ETA). If you are an ETA willing to participate as speaker, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.
Participants can share their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MeetUSGermany and by tagging Fulbright Germany as well as the Embassy or Consulate responsible for the school's region:
US-Botschaft Berlin (Berlin, Brandenburg)
US-Generalkonsulat Düsseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
US-Generalkonsulat Frankfurt (Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland)
US-Generalkonsulat Hamburg (Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein)
US Generalkonsulat Leipzig (Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen)
US-Generalkonsulat Munich (Bayern)
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).