Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange
I encourage ALL of my students to apply for the CBYX scholarship. I won't repeat what their website says; that's for you to look at. To summarize: the CBYX is an exchange program co-sponsored by the U.S. and German governments. It is a year-long program in which a student stays in the "opposite" country with a host family and attends school in that country. Practically all of the student's trip and expenses are paid for (with the exception of spending money). Previous knowledge of German is helpful, but not required. It is quite literally the chance of a lifetime.
In the past 3 years, my students at Paisley have applied for the program. 2 have received scholarships: Bo Kane in 2011, and Tyara Scott in 2013. Bo declined the scholarship to attend NCSSM, but Tyara accepted the scholarship, and she will stay in Balingen, Germany (not far from Stuttgart) for the next school year. Before she departs for Germany, she will attend a three-week seminar in Washington, D.C., in which she learns more about the language and the program. She also told me that she and her group of exchange students will visit some of the Senators involved in the exchange program, and she mentioned rumors about visiting the White House! She also told me she will be staying with a host family that loves to travel and ski in Austria, among other things. Makes me wish I had applied when I was in school....
It really is the opportunity of a lifetime. It's a chance to broaden your horizons, meet new people, learn the language and customs of a great country, and firm connections that can last a lifetime. It's even more advantageous when you consider how much the scholarship covers. And in today's highly competitive world, a year-long full scholarship to study abroad in Germany can be very helpful. I encourage you, my students, to apply. Of course, good grades are helpful in consideration for the scholarship; however, the Exchange considers a lot of other factors. For example, what activities and clubs you take part in, your grades in German, and what kind of a person you are. Being an outgoing person who isn't afraid to make mistakes with the language is very important.
I will pass out the brochures and discuss the program more in depth in November. Until then, you can look at the program's website. The link is below: