Students from Israel to visit Germany

Monday, October 09, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Israeli high school students who showed their knowledge of Germany got a special prize from the German Embassy in Israel: A two week trip to Germany where they will spend time with teens their age, be hosted by German families and will tour all over the country.

Out of hundreds of applicants 20 students, between the ages of 16 to 18, won the prize in a scholarship competition named after Johannes Rau, the president of Germany from July 1, 1999 until June 30, 2004. The applicants passed an exam at the German Embassy where they had to answer a series of questions about Germany such as naming two German athletes and expounding on their knowledge of them; naming the German Foreign Minister; which German politicians visited Israel, and more. Every applicant had to answer 10 questions. The 60 students who gave the best answers were invited to the embassy for an interview, and 20 of them were chosen for the trip.

The students will spend a week with a host family and will be invited to German schools where they will speak about Israel and interact with the students. After that, they will spend another week in Berlin where they will be meeting with the Director General of the German Foreign Ministry and with German Members of Parliament in the Bundestag and will meet with the Foreign Affairs advisor in the office of the Chancellor.

The students will get to know the modern and eclectic city of Berlin, will discuss the different aspects of its history and will deal with different issues in the relationship between Israel and Germany. During the evenings, the students will spend time with German youths in restaurants, coffee shops, and nightclubs.

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