How do I sign up if I'm a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?
If you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please sign up by April 12, 2019 by completing our online form. We'll contact you within 2 business days to set up a phone call. There's no fee to apply!
How do I sign up if I'm a German citizen?
If you're a German citizen, please sign up directly with DJH.
What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to participate, you must be a U.S. or German citizen or permanent resident, a high school graduate, and 18 years or older at program start date of July 27, 2019.
What are the dates and duration?
Participants will arrive in Hamburg, Germany on July 27, 2019, and depart on August 9 from New York City, USA. If you plan to arrive in Germany early, you must still meet the group on July 27 in Hamburg during the provided meeting window. If you plan to continue traveling beyond August 9 in the U.S., you are welcome to do so, but must remain with the group until the program ends on that date.
Where will I be staying?
We'll stay in world-renowned Hostelling International hostels throughout the trip, benefiting from the high quality accommodations of the HI worldwide network and engaging with fellow travelers from around the globe. Participants will share rooms (same sex).
How is transportation within Germany and the U.S. handled?
All in-country transportation is included in your program. We will use a variety of transportation sources throughout the program, including trains, private transportation (bus or shuttle), taxis and ridesharing apps (like Uber and Lyft), and public transportation (like the subway).
Are my flights included in the program fee?
The cost of your one-way, mid-program flight from Germany to New York City is included in your program fee! Your flight to Germany at the start of the program and your transportation home from NYC at the conclusion of the program are not included in the program fee.
How do I book my flights?
We will book your mid-program flight from Germany to New York City.
You can book your flight to Germany and your transportation home from New York City using your choice of online or other booking services. We'll provide windows of time in which you must arrive in Hamburg and depart from New York. We can assist you with booking your flights or other transportation, should you need. We recommend purchasing refundable, changeable tickets.
Who is leading the program?
Experienced group leaders with education and international program leadership backgrounds will be with the group from start to finish. They will facilitate all group activities, and you'll get to know them before you depart. You'll also have the support of the DJH staff while in Germany, and the InterExchange and Hostelling International USA staffs while in New York City.
How does the program fee break down?
As nonprofit organizations committed to creating accessible intercultural experiences, InterExchange, HI USA, and DJH set pricing carefully. In addition to everything listed under What's Included, your program fee covers the costs of program design, site visits, application review, one-to-one advising, and other program administration.
Do I need to know German to participate in the program?
No German language skills are required for participation, but you'll have opportunities to practice along the way. And it never hurts to learn a bit before you go!
Can I spend more time in traveling in Germany and/or the U.S. either before or after the program?
Of course! If you plan to arrive in Germany early, you must still meet the group on July 27 in Hamburg during the provided meeting window. If you plan to continue traveling beyond August 9 in the U.S., you are welcome to do so, but must remain with the group until the program ends on that date.
Does the program include medical insurance?
Yes, your program fee includes international medical insurance, including accident, sickness, and emergency evacuation coverage. This covers all activities included on the program.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions. We'll work with you to understand if your dietary needs can be met throughout the length of the program.
How hard are the physical and outdoor activities? How will I know if the physical activities are suitable for me?
Your itinerary will contain physical and outdoor activities that may be moderately strenuous. It's important that you're open to and comfortable with this type of physical activity.
More importantly, this is a fast-paced program and we'll be keeping busy (and having a huge amount of fun). We'll be walking through cities, up and down subway steps, and in and out of office buildings, museums, and monuments. Be ready with comfortable footwear so you can make the most of our two weeks!
If you have any doubts as to your physical ability to participate on the program, we welcome you to contact us.
Will I have assignments to complete?
We'll be sending you some short readings and videos before and after your program, which will make for a more enriching in-country experience. While we won't be collecting “assignments” or providing grades, the program works better when everyone participates to the fullest. While on program, we expect you to put your best foot forward when it comes to group activities and discussions.