Cultural Classes / Student Exchange

Each year a very select group of high school students embark on a trip of a lifetime. They attend Cultural Classes at night during the school year in preparation for a trip to either our Sister City in Gotha, Germany or Santiago de Surco, Peru during the summer. They learn the language, culture and history of each country. This is one of the most successful programs offered by Gastonia Sister Cities. Student exchanges have been offered yearly since 1995-96 when 50 students visited Gotha for the first exchange. Now many of the original students have made German a part of their careers and continue their friendships that were made so many years ago.

2023-2024 School Year Update

At this time we are recruiting Gaston County students to travel either our Sister City in Gotha, Germany or Santiago de Surco, Peru.
Student requirements for Cultural Classes:
  • Must be enrolled in a Gaston County School:  public/private/charter
  • Preference given to those who are currently enrolled in German/Spanish language class in school, but other applications will be reviewed
  • Culture and Language prep review meetings will start January-May 2024 to prepare you for travel and to serve as student ambassadors
  • Culture Class Applications are competitive and are available in the link below.
  •  Trips will be in the end of May/first of June 2024
  • Cost is based on airfare and extra side trips.
Letter of Recommendation information to support your application

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