Warwick School District

GAPP Program celebrates 30 Years of International Exchange

Lititz, PA — Warwick School District celebrates three decades of its German-American-Partnership Program with the König-Karlmann Gymnasium in Altötting. The program fosters long-term partnerships between schools and communities in Germany and the United States.

David Hoffman, (retired) started the Warwick-Altötting exchange in 1989 as the high school’s German teacher, and the program continues under the direction of Wendy Andrews and Molly Zelewicz, the school district’s current German teachers. Every other year, a group of Warwick students travels to Germany and German students visit Lititz the opposite years. Over the past thirty years, more than 250 Warwick families have participated in the exchange.

“The exchange is a great opportunity for our students to learn first-hand about another culture,” said Wendy Andrews, German teacher at Warwick High School. “Each Warwick student lives with a German host family for three weeks, gaining insight into daily life in Germany and growing in their language skills.”

During the 2018 trip to Germany, Warwick students visited Burghausen, the longest castle in the world; traveled to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart; hiked in the Alps; and visited the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.

This April, Warwick students welcome their German partners to Lititz. The German students will live with local families for three weeks, attend classes at Warwick High School, and give presentations on German culture in various middle school and high school classrooms. They will also learn about the local community, including Pennsylvania Dutch culture, and visit major US cities like Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and New York City.

This spring Warwick will host a 30th-anniversary celebration for past and current exchange participants, as well as host families.  The celebration event will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Warwick Middle School, 401 Maple St, Lititz. Past Warwick GAPP participants are encouraged to attend the event. If interested alumni can send RSVPs, with the number of attendees, and any questions to Molly Zelewicz at mzelewicz@warwicksd.org by March 22nd.

The German-American-Partnership Program is run through the Goethe-Institut and supported by the German Foreign Office and the US State Department.