A cross-border exchange program allows elementary school teachers from Germany and France to trade places for four years. It means children are taught by native speakers and can get acquainted with a different culture.
When it comes to the West's engagement in Afghanistan, the field of education is a success. German organizations have played a large role. They're hoping for more time - and aren't necessarily worried about the Taliban.
Recently, in Buenos Aires, there was no ketchup to be had for days anywhere in the Argentine capital. Rigid foreign exchange controls not only made US dollars scarce, but also import items like tomato sauce.
Compared to issues connected to trade and the economy, cultural exchange between Germany and China happens more on a superficial level. An event in Cologne, however, showed how 'critical dialogue' works.
Katya Sharova is an interpreter and German teacher from Samara, Russia. She visited the city of Freiburg im Breisgau during a two-week student exchange program.
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