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Professional development and German immersion. For teachers of German: Become a group leader on the German Pupil Courses and accompany a group of 12 pupils to Germany. This is a great opportunity for your professional development, whilst spending two weeks immersed in German language, daily life and culture.

The application deadline has passed. The application process for group leaders for the German Pupil Courses 2019 will open in January 2019.

Group leadership opportunities

Each year, three posts are available for qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad, to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.

You will work alongside other teachers at a German school and will stay – where possible – with a German host family. Group leaders receive an honorarium, as well as a contingency fund for course-related expenses.

Take a look at last year's Group Leader blog, which all group leaders contribute to during the courses, and read about last year's thematic projects in Weimar, Ortenburg and Friedrichroda; and have a look at our picture gallery.

Here's some feedback from previous group leaders and former participants.

About the courses

There are usually three courses in three different locations in Germany (in July or August - dates to be confirmed) for a group of 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. Two courses are for Year 12 (and equivalent) pupils and one course for Year 10 (and equivalent) pupils.

The courses are designed for enthusiastic and motivated German learners, who would like to get first-hand experience of German life and culture, and improve their German language skills at the same time.

Please refer to the German Pupil Courses pupil information page for details about the courses and application procedure for pupils.

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact our pupil programmes manager.


"I have quite literally had the time of my life over the last two weeks. The chance to work with inspiring, passionate young people from around the country was amazing, and I will never forget the time we have spent together. Lifelong friendships have been formed, language skills have been increased, and a group of 12 students are heading back into the world to make a real change. I wish them all the very best of success in their futures." Sam (previous GPC Group Leader)


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