‘Plan Together – Experience Exchange!’ Practical Guidebook for German-Israeli Youth Exchange Has Been Released

As part of the new Practical Guidebook for German-Israeli Youth Exchange, Volume II (Methods for diversity-conscious education and encounters) now invites experts in German-Israeli exchange and educational work to consciously choose methodological approaches for their exchange projects that address the diversity of the individual and collective background of young people from both countries. It combines both routine approaches that encourage interaction as well as more challenging approaches that deal with content such as discrimination and exclusion. This collection offers activities for various phases of a program, including getting to know each other and spending time together, as well as reflection and follow-up sessions.

Since 2015, the project ‘Living Diversity in Germany and Israel – Challenges and Perspectives for Education and Youth Exchange’ has sought to encourage and support the discussion and practice of diversity-conscious educational work with pedagogical experts from both countries. Over the last two years, the project has researched, developed, implemented, reflected on, and further developed numerous methods in several bilateral programs with specialist educators and group leaders from Germany and Israel.

As a helpful companion for many future German-Israeli exchanges it offers great opportunities to have fun together while simultaneously making diversity come alive, addressing challenges cooperatively and empowering participants to work together respectfully. The methods presented here are only a selection. They can be used to complement pedagogical work that has already been tried and tested in countless exchange projects, or group leaders can adapt them as needed.

The new Practical Guidebook for the German-Israeli Youth Exchange, Volume I (Plan – Exchange – Evaluate – Follow-Up) contains numerous ideas for finding a partner, preparation, implementation, reflection and the follow-up of encounter programs. In doing so, it does not contain any simple “recipes” nor blueprints for programs. It rather aims to stimulate a bilateral planning process. For this purpose, partner organizations from both countries can rely on concrete assistance in the guidebook: checklists for practical process steps, various references to literature and links on the internet and the suggestion to search for thematic priorities and target group oriented approaches in a differentiated way.

A print edition of the Practical Guidebook in the relevant language versions (either German & English or Hebrew & English) can be ordered from ConAct for a refund of the postage costs. Shipping is only possible within Germany. The digital versions of the individual volumes can be found here:

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Some copy templates and further materials are available on our new section Practical Guidebook.


This work for and publishing of Volume II was made possible thanks to funding from the German Federal program “Live Democracy!”The project “Living Diversity in Germany and Israel – Challenges and Perspectives for Education and Youth Exchange” was developed by ConAct – Coordination Center German-Israeli Youth Exchange and the Israel Youth Exchange Authority in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It is conceptualized as a supportive project in the German federal program “Live Democracy!”. The project is running from 2015 to 2019.

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