Practical Guidebook

 “Plan Together – Experience Exchange! Practical Guidebook for German-Israeli Youth Exchange” – Further Materials

Youth associations and youth education experts have been planning German-Israeli encounter programs for more than 60 years. Good practice is passed on, however, time and again questions on “Why?”, “What?”, “Who?”, “Where?” and “How?” emerge in the process of planning the program which to answer is challenging not only for newcomers. A comprehensive answer to them has not been written anywhere – until now. The new Practical Guidebook for the German-Israeli Youth Exchange offers newcomers as well as experienced group leaders a variety of assistance. It 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.

Over the last years, there is a growing sensitivity to the diversity of individual identities and collective affiliations of participants in German-Israeli encounters. Youth from both countries bring with them a variety of stories, while both societies are struggeling to support the coexistence of inhabitants with diverse individual and cultural background. 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. Volume II of the pracitcal guidebook makes its findings now applicable for German-Israeli exchange programs: It 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.


Practical Guidebook

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Further Material

If you have been browsing through the guidebook, you may have seen the note that we provide further educational material and templates for easy copying here on our ConAct website. You can find them bundled right here. We organized them in the order of appearance in the guidebook.

If you find out that something is missing, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Method 1: Hello! I am…

Method 3: My Bingo

Method 7: A Word I Like

Method 11: Identity Circles

Method 13: Just Like Any Other Day

Method 22: Super Heroes and Heroines

Method 27: Treasure Map


The work for and publishing of Volume II was made possible thanks to 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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