German-American Friendship on Wheels
March 4, 2019
Travelers on our nation’s highways might notice something new on their journey: the colorful WanderbUS! Starting this month, this immersive traveling exhibit will bring German culture to high school and college students in all 48 contiguous states.
“We are excited to take the WanderbUS on a massive road trip across the country as a celebration of our shared ties,” said Torben Hennigs, Project Manager of WanderbUS. “The WanderbUS is designed to highlight the deep historical friendship between our countries and introduce Americans from coast-to-coast to German culture, language and heritage.”
The WanderbUS will be staffed with a team of educational professionals who will lead students in a series of games designed to improve their comfort with German. The programs will be a combination of information and entertainment, and will highlight the benefits of learning German and seizing opportunities of studying abroad. Whether you Sprechen Sie Deutsch like a native speaker or are a complete beginner, the games are all in good fun!
Also aboard the WanderbUS is a large showroom full of digital content and virtual reality equipment. Don the VR goggles and take a trip—in your mind, at least—to Hamburg, Nuremberg, or Frankfurt, exploring each city’s rich history amid a stunning backdrop that will make you feel, just for a moment, that you might be there. There will also be multiple opportunities to win exciting prizes like an original FC Bayern Munich jersey, signed by the entire team, which is serving as a prominent sports partner for the tour.
The WanderbUS will park at over 60 schools and universities during its two mini-tours from March through May and August through November. Are we coming to a school near you? Follow along on the journey on Instagram at @GoetheWanderbUS and view the full tour schedule at Goethe.de/WanderbUS. If we won’t make it to you, don’t fret! The website also has online tools and resources for teachers and students of German.