Modern Germany is progressive, friendly, and welcoming. The country is world-renowned for its rich cultural history, festive celebrations, and historic sites. Germany also has a vibrant arts scene and is a front runner in the fields of renewable energy and conservation.
Germany has a high standard of living, an active youth culture, and a wide range of activities to choose from. Sports are an important part of German life, especially soccer, and there are many sports clubs and youth groups.
Germany borders both the North and Baltic Seas and stretches from flat farming country in the north to rolling hills in the centre to the Alps in the south. Your German host family will most likely live in a small town or in the countryside. Family life is important, but Germany offers you a chance to learn how to live independently, as young people are considered to be full members of the family who take care of their own affairs.