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EXPERIENCE STUDENT EXCHANGE – SISTER CITY STYLE

The mission of Sister Cities International is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

In 2000 the cities of Tomball, Texas and Telgte, Germany formally established a Sister City relationship.  Since school year 2000-2001, 24 high school students from Telgte have come to Tomball and 3 students from Tomball have gone to Telgte as ambassadors of their community - living in homes and studying in schools, sharing their culture and learning the host culture - while creating bonds that can last a lifetime.

Commitment and Support

Tomball Mayor and Mrs. H. G. Harrington welcome Telgte Bürgermeister Dietrick Meendermann to the Tomball German Heritage Festival, April, 2007Student exchange through Sister City involves commitments on several levels:

At the city level, our governments have a formal commitment to promote a long-term, substantive partnership between Tomball. and Telgte, to build a bridge of cultural understanding between the two cities.

At the partnership level, the coordinators in each city are committed to one another to select students and host families of the highest caliber, and to provide ongoing support and guidance whenever needed throughout the stay.

Students and host families understand their roles as ambassadors of their cities, and are committed to contributing to a unique and exciting experience for all involved.

Become an Exchange Student

Laura and her German host- sisters, Telgte, 2007As an exchange student to Telgte, you will experience German life firsthand. You'll live with a carefully-selected host family who has volunteered to open their home to you, providing room, board and a caring environment. As a member of your host community, you'll attend school, participate in local life, culture and recreation, all the while learning more than you ever imagined about another country, the world and its diversity, and even about yourself. At the same time, you'll have the opportunity to provide insight into your own culture and perspective. Whether you're sharing your favorite music, debunking American stereotypes or exchanging views on world events, you'll represent the U.S. in the best possible way -- just by being yourself.

Become a Host Family

When you choose to host an exchange student from Telgte, get ready to embark upon a unique and exciting journey.  Imagine being able to help your family discover the wonders of life in Germany – without leaving your own home.  When you host, you not only give your family and community exposure to another culture, you have the opportunity to share American values and traditions.

Exchange students will arrive for ten month academic programs, pay all program fees, airfare, insurance and personal expenses while in the U.S. Host families are asked to provide room, board, love and guidance during their stay.

For more information, email tomballstudentexchange@yahoo.com

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