We are very proud to announcing the “Bridge the Gap” youth exchange within the scope of the association. Bridging Gaps is planning an exchange with the support of Engagement Global, which will be attended by ten young people from Germany and South Africa.


Within the framework of the new project “German-African Youth Initiative,” Engagement Global has set the exchange between young people as a goal and would like to promote a common future. We have designed our own concept for an appropriate youth exchange and now we are happy to announce that the majority of the funding is secured after several months of the application phase.

The project

The aim of the project is to open up young people to new perspectives and raise awareness of global inequalities. All young people are encouraged to remain socially committed after the completion of the project.

The “Bridge the Gap” youth exchange consists of an accompanying program and two encounter phases. 10 young people will participate in these phases in Germany and South Africa. In addition, 30 more young people will participate in a program week (in their home country). The project runs from September 2017 to May 2018 and includes a two-week stay in South Africa after Christmas 2017 and in Germany around Easter 2018.

Our Concept


The exchange program is characterized by the participation of the young people. It is based on our project “Bridges Camp” in South Africa, which was initiated and conceived by the youthful multipliers.

“I have found a lot of friends on the camps and developed valuable friendships, which I did not expect during my first week as a participant. I have learned to leave my “comfort zone”, have become more self-assured, can now speak in front of a group and feel well not only in my own group, but also with young people of different backgrounds. I am proud to be able to say that I am a “Bridges Camp facilitator” and thank Bridges Camp for reaching my desires and overcoming my prejudices. Bridges Camp is like a second home for me “- Kershia, former participant

Bridges Camp 2015 in South Africa

After a productive and exciting planning weekend the organization team is now firmly on the German side and we look forward to welcome new and old faces. Manuel, Nora, Johanna, Lea, Christian, Anna and Florian make it their task to organize and carry out the youth exchange together with the South African team in terms of content and organization.

The team

The youth exchange is conducted on the German side by Manuel Gussmann and organized on the South African side by Zakhele Nkosi and Isaac Ndwendwe with the team in Pretoria. The two will keep an overview and be your contact persons throughout the project. Juliane Hoss is the first chairman of the association and will accompany the implementation of the youth exchange.

Get to know our team

Our organization team in Germany

Manuel Gussmann

Manuel is responsible for the management and coordination of the German team. In his work, all the threads are combined, he keeps the organizational overview, distributes tasks and coordinates the individual work areas. Manuel is our main contact person, manages documents and organizes video conferences. In addition, Manuel is a passionate photographer and therefore takes the picture and video documentation of our work.




Nora Becher
Johanna Siebert
Lea Nesselhauf

Nora, Johanna and Lea are responsible for the content of the program. They plan the exact course of the individual workshops and meeting phases in Germany, think about games and energizers, put together material and design the manual for the content.




Christian Trenk
Anna Kreß

Christian and Anna work primarily in the field of administrative. They book flights and accommodation, take care of catering, write pack lists and clarify legal matters. Together with Johanna, Christian also takes care of the selection of the participants. Anna will also be responsible for the contact with the participating young people and their parents and be their first contact person.




Florian Petermann

As a trained youth leader, Florian will accompany the young people together with Lea to South Africa. There he acts as a supervisor and contact person for the German participants. Together with Lea and the South African team, he will lead and coordinate the encounter phase. In preparation, Florian concentrates on public relations and fundraising.





The course

The youth exchange consists of two encounters in South Africa as well as in Germany and all participants from Germany are to take part in both meeting phases.

The encounter phases take place in the following periods:

  • Between 27 December 2017 and 9 January 2018 in South Africa.
  • Between 24 March and 7 April in Germany.

The whole project consists of the exchange and an obligatory framework program from which the participants can only be exempted in exceptional cases e.g. diseases or important family issues. The following table provides an overview of the framework program. The exact dates are set as early as possible.

The schedule in detail

News about the project

“The African-German youth exchange project has really opened my eyes to all the inequalities and injustices that we see and face in our everyday lives, that I once never noticed. The impact of the exchange on my life is tremendous apart from the educational aspect I have made new friends, no wait, new family.”

Chesney is reflecting on the time he spent as one of 20 participants from South Africa and Germany at the Bridging Gaps Youth Exchange. The project aims at opening up young people to new perspectives and raise awareness of global inequalities. After several introduction seminars, the young adults between th ages of 15 and 19 years old, finally met at a camping site just outside Pretoria from the 28th of December 2017 until the 9th of January 2018.

During their time together, they discovered how the discrepancies between the Global South and North and the rising gap between the wealthy and the poor shapes our world and essentially affects everyone’s personal life. The fact that the South African team has to undergo a long visa process while the Germans only needed a passport to travel was just one practical example. During the day trips to historical sites, such as the Apartheid museum, the teenagers got an impression of the struggle against injustice and for freedom in South Africa.

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Your questions

We will be glad to answer all your questions. Just send an e-mail to jugendaustausch@bridginggapsev.com. We would be happy to make a phone call or skype with you to clarify open points.