THE OAK HILLS - DINGOLFING EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Welcome to the official American web presence of the Cultural Exchange Program between Oak Hills High School and Gymnasium Dingolfing in Germany! The aim of this website is to inform Oak Hills students and parents about this valuable exchange and to encourage them to take part in this unique program. Information regarding how the program works, the town of Dingolfing, the trip to Germany, the rules and regulations of the program, and FAQs can be found by clicking on the links above. The success of this exchange is completely thanks to the wonderful OHHS families who host 25 guests every September!
Our mission is to expose students to life in present-day Germany. During our time in Germany, students will undertake a program that includes the following activities:
- visits with the Landrat and the mayor
- a tour of the town of Dingolfing
- a visit to the BMW factory, the region's major employment center
- a hands-on experience at the town recycling facility, giving us knowledge of how today's Germans care for the environment
The rest of the program and teams of chaperones are arranged by that year's lead chaperone (Herr Schneider in even years, Frau Schott in odd years).
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m., at the Green Township library. All travelers and at least one parent/guardian should plan to attend.
2017 Trip Information
Below please find the tentative itinerary for this summer's trip:
AA5444 19JUN Cincinnati-Philadelphia 3:35pm-5:12 pm
AA716 19JUN Philadelphia-Munich 6:40pm-8:50am (next day)
AA717 11JUL Munich-Philadelphia 12:40pm-3:45pm
AA5576 11JUL Philadelphia-Cincinnati 5:58pm-7:49pm
While flight numbers and times are guaranteed to shift slightly, you may wish to note this information for the time being. More information will be shared with you at our next mandatory meeting on Thursday, March 30. In the meantime, please be sure to send directly to me your signed and notarized (in Ohio) release forms as well as photocopies of your student's signed passport.
In the meantime, students who are planning to travel to Germany should check out the quick links at the bottom of this page for some tips for getting around in Germany (compiled by students, for students), for things to consider packing before heading to Germany, for some gift ideas for your host family, and for some shops while in Germany.
Oak Hills High School has been a participant in an exchange program called the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) since 1985, during which time the school has hosted hundreds of German students and sent hundreds of American students to Germany for a truly enriching experience. It is important to note that the exchange is not a school-sponsored program and, therefore, all decisions regarding the program are made by the coordinator(s) of the program. As such, students may be added or removed from the program at anytime as deemed appropriate by the GAPP coordinator or any chaperone.