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Adolesco – Your Ticket to the World!


A non-profit language immersion and cultural exchange program  – ADOLESCO


17-year old Sacramento-area teenager Gemma B. has lived in Germany, France, and Spain in addition to her native California thanks to Adolesco, a non-profit exchange organization that matches American children and teens with exchange partners in Europe for short-term language-immersion and cultural exchanges.

Unlike typical ‘one-way’ foreign exchange programs, Adolesco only offers real exchanges: each carefully matched partner has the chance to both host and travel, taking turns to live with their exchange partner and family for up to three months. This reciprocal exchange experience typically results in close friendships and life-long international connections on both sides.

“When I arrived at the airport in Germany, it wasn’t hard to find my exchange family: they were wearing matching grins and t-shirts that spelled out ‘GEMMA’. Johanna’s family was so welcoming that I quickly felt at home.”

You Can Participate With Little To No Foreign Language Knowledge

With Adolesco’s guidance, children and teens with little or no exposure to a second language are often able to gain remarkable fluency. As Gemma recalls, “I’d only studied German for a few months before going to Germany. During the first days of my exchange, beginning to understand and speak German was alternately frustrating and hilarious. Eventually, speaking German became Adolesco gemma-and-johanna_goslarsurprisingly normal.”

And there’s no reason to wait until college for the opportunity to study abroad. Living a new culture as a member of a family rather than visiting as a tourist is a tremendous opportunity that Adolesco makes available for children as young as 9 (and up to 18). Parents on both sides are encouraged to treat the visiting child not as a guest, but as another sibling. This true integration offers a unique opportunity for developing real understanding and appreciation.

“I enjoyed experiencing life in Germany and learning about its culture and history. I also had the opportunity to re-examine and better understand my own country’s culture and relationship with the world.” -Gemma B.

How Does It Work?

Adolesco is based in France and staffed by a network of representatives and volunteers across Europe and North America whose children have benefitted from these exchanges. Interested families must complete a thorough application process that includes a home visit and interview. Candidates are only matched with exchange partners when the team feels like an exchange will succeed. In many cases, the connection between the two families and the two exchange partners will be life-long.

“The girls have a perfect understanding… this exchange opened new horizons for Emma but also for the whole family – thank you!” -Sandrine, French mother

In Latin, Adolesco means ‘I’m growing’ and the Adolesco team believes that learning a new language, understanding another culture, and growing beyond our cultural boundaries benefits our children, our families, and our world.

Learn more about Adolesco:

Adolesco is accepting applications for this summer! To travel or host this summer, apply by March 31 – visit to get started.

Watch a short video about Gemma and Johanna’s exchange:

Follow current and past exchanges at


 Contact Adolesco’s Exchange Coordinator in California at

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SOCAL German Day 2017 at UCI


Yesterday on Tuesday, February 7 the UCI Department of European Languages and Studies invited to its SOCAL German Day 2017.  A day that started out with German weather in fact. But despite initial rain showers students and teachers came out in big numbers to learn what UCI’s German Studies Program had to offer.

German School campus students and the school’s founder Frau Ursula Schoeneich attended as well and joined in the three hours filled program whichUCI -German consul was put together by Glenn Levine, Professor of German and German Language Program Director at UCI. Before the crowd of students spread out to find their respective session, School of Humanities Dean Georges van den Abbeele as well as the German Deputy Consul General Kathrin Steinbrenner welcomed teachers and students to the event.

A variety of interesting and fun classes were offered including sessions led by Peter Zykowski of the Goethe Institute San Francisco, a workshop with Hanni Geist from the DAAD, and daad-workshop-with-hanni-geista class with Vera Dindoyal from the ZfA-Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Students of German School campus won the German Trivia Quiz 1 with 20 to 11 against other High School students. They joined classes of “Getting a Degree in Germany”, “Step into German with Soccer and Music”, and a “German Theater workshop”.

At the end of the event everyone could enjoy a UCI Campus Tour led by UCI’s German Studies students in German or English. By that time California sun had come out again as well and begged for a visit at the university’s ‘Mensa’ (food court). Frau Schoeneich and her German School campus students took that moment to discuss the day’s exciting moments while going through their gift bags filled with information and enjoying California fare.


Text/Images: German School campus & CaliforniaGermans


New Language Immersion School in Glendale to Open Fall 2017


In fall 2017 a new language immersion school is planning to open its doors in the Los Angeles area. 

International Studies Language Academy (, a new charter school in Glendale, will have an:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5) that will offer immersion (90/10 model) in French, German, Italian and Spanish. All grades K-5 will be open to all students, regardless of language skills – no prior knowledge of the target language is required.
The MIDDLE SCHOOL will have two tracks. A Continued Immersion track will be open to students already fluent in their target language (25/75 model). An Acquisition track will be open to students with no prior knowledge of the target language (25/75 model), giving them an opportunity to become fluent in their target language by high-school.

The program of the school is designed according to the International Baccalaureate framework and is furthermore supported by the school’s affiliation with the International Studies Charter School in Miami, which is ranked #1 among charter schools in Florida.

The State has already approved the new immersion school to have its location in Glendale. The actual school building will be in Southern Glendale and is still in the process of being negotiated. The school model, similar to Benjamin Franklin Magnet School in Glendale, will also offer 6-8 grades, so that the students can continue their immersion education in German (and other languages) throughout middle school. In 2018, the board is planning to file a petition for a Language Immersion High School as well.

If you are interested in the school and would like to find out more, please visit the future school’s website at . Questions can also be sent to . 


Image Credit: ISLA




Good-Bye Summer – Hello School

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While some schools and students are just getting ready for another school year many school districts in California have decided to let the school year start early and are in fact already in full swing…

Gone are the days when, almost as a rule, school would start right after Labor Day.  This is the case also with some German Schools in California whose first day of instruction is around the corner!

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GermanSchoolCampus in Newport Beach is ready for another excellent year

“A wonderful new German School year of 2016/2017 is ahead of us”, says GermanSchoolCampus founder Ursual Schoeneich excitedly as she shares her plans for the upcoming year. Her school which is located right at the beautiful Newport Sea Base, offers classes for beginners and advanced German learners.

And… you will not just learn German but you will walk away with a diploma for every level, since you are actually working towards an official German exam that is accepted by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL).

Each level of German studies therefore will end with achieving the corresponding German Exam A1, A2, B1 through B2/C1 of the CEFRL and also AATG Level 1to 4.

All classes are open to native and non-native speakers from 7 years to 18 years old or as long as they are enrolled in High School. The school offers also preparation classes for AP German, an Advanced Placement course which is offered by some High Schools in the area.

Classes for Beginners and Advanced German learners start on Monday, August 29, 2016 closely followed by the Intermediate German class which starts Thursday September 1st in the afternoon hours.

All GermanSchoolCampus teachers are on task as they visit conferences during the year and keep going with their continuing education. All classes are taught primarily in German except for giving certain instructions or assistance.

Keeping Traditions Alive

Celebrate with GermanSchoolCampus the many traditional festivities throughout the year, and learn about German culture through its traditions. The school holds a St. Martin Lantern Parade in November and in December you can participate in the Gingerbread House Decoration contest followed by a Christmas Party. In February you can learn about German Fasching by attending the Carnival Party and in April be part of the Easter Egg Hunt at the Easter Party.

To find out more about GermanSchoolCampus please visit their website, or if you would like to enroll in some German classes you can go straight ahead at



Image: , GermanSchoolCampus



Studying In the U.S. Goes Beyond the Classroom

Kathrin equestrian

Education Beyond the Classroom

With graduation being three weeks away, my mind is currently on a constant rollercoaster ride.  Will I find a paying job?  Will I love what I will end up doing? Will my work permit be approved?  What if I don’t find a job?  I know that I am ready to go back into the workforce, but I am also very aware that I will very much miss my time at California State University, Fullerton.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not someone who enjoys sitting over homework for a couple of hours during the day or writing 4-6 page essays, but I certainly loved sitting in my classes with like-minded people, becoming really good friends with some of them. I will miss the environment and the opportunity to partake in extra-curricular activities, a thing that is not really common in Germany, at least not when I was a student more than 10 years ago.  

When I moved out to Southern California as a student, I first attended community college before transferring to a 4-year institution.  It was a good way to save money, but looking back at it I wish I could have attended Cal State Fullerton from the beginning.  My community college in particular didn’t offer any extra-curricular activities.  It also was split up into several smaller campuses around the Orange County area, with no main campus.  I started out as a Business major and knew early on that I wanted to transfer to Fullerton once I had met my course requirements due to the fact that the school offers a business concentration in Entertainment and Tourism studies.  But during my time at Coastline Community College I had a very tough semester that made me rethink my major.  I realized that my strengths lay more in creative writing than in business; therefore I decided to change to Communications instead.  I love that this major, just as with Business, offers a lot of areas to get a job in.  I have always been very interested in the entertainment and tourism area, but I also like hospitality and nonprofit organizations.  And since Cal State Fullerton has one of the best communications programs, I was able to still stay true to my decision to transfer to this institution after the first two years of college.  

After I worked my way through community college and collected all the necessary credits, I finally moved on to Fullerton in January 2014.  I first wasn’t aware of the amazing selection of campus clubs the school had to offer until I took an online class during the summer term 2014, where I met a fellow classmate who recommended to join CSUF PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) where I would be able to meet like-minded students and industry professionals.  I was very much looking forward to the upcoming fall semester to join the organization.  I was very impressed what the organization, which is run by students, had to offer: speaker panels, workshops, mixers, agency tours and fundraisers.  I stayed in the organization for one-and-a-half years, making valuable connections and new friends.  At the same time as I joined PRSSA, I also got to know about the university’s equestrian team.  I have participated in horseback riding throughout my youth and into adulthood, and I was more than eager to sit back in the saddle.  After the first equestrian club meeting I was sold and joined the team.  The only downside with this club was the fact that you had to pay a lot extra, such as the riding lessons, the fee to register with the sports inter-club council, and the riding competitions if members decided to participate in those.    I was part of the team for a whole year, helping out at horse shows and enjoying barn days together with the team.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints and the cost, I was unable to continue with the team, but in my heart I still wish I could be a member and jump in the saddle from time to time.

I didn’t stop taking advantage of what the school had to offer after that.  Instead, I joined the Communications Inter-Club Council in August 2015 for one semester.  The council is involved in event funding for the communication clubs as well as travel expenses, based on a set budget for an entire school year.  Members got to debate about whether or not to fund certain projects.  It was a great opportunity to get more involved with the school and get an insight in dealing with a budget and finances.  You also get to learn the Roberts Rules of order, which are being used in certain professions in the job force as well.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t continue my time with CICC during my last semester due to the fact that I landed an internship where I had to work on Mondays, the day when the council usually meets.

Since I have been very interested in entertainment and tourism for a while, it was more than logical to me to take a closer look in what the Entertainment and Tourism club had to offer.  I had previously heard really good things about the club, so I started attending events during the fall 2015 semester.  Since I wasn’t a paying member at that time, I still could attend the panels, but wasn’t allowed to network with the industry professionals.  Therefore, I decided to become a member this year, and am able to take full advantage of networking workshops, industry mixers, and networking with the pros.  I regret not having joined this organization earlier in my school career and maybe become involved more by joining a committee.

After all though, I am very grateful that I was able to be a part of four campus clubs that have further enriched my personal as well as my professional interests.  I can only recommend any future student to take as much advantage as possible of those opportunities while attending college in the U.S..  Not only are they a great way to meet like-minded people and industry professionals, they also look really good on resumes.  Many employers are looking for certain levels of experience, and a campus club definitely counts as such.

Images : ©Anne-Kathrin Schulte

Anne-KathrinAnne-Kathrin Schulte, is a contributor for She writes on her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She lives in Southern California since 2011.

If you would like to contact Anne-Kathrin, please send an email to californiagermans(at) and place her name in the subject line.