International Project Week
Short Description and Goal
Every two years, the city of Reutlingen organizes an Internationale Projektwoche (the German word for international project week) with adolescents from the partner cities. The aim is to bring together young people. The international project team believes that thematic discussions help teenagers to overcome barriers quicker.
Big idea is that instead of organising a theme project that will last for years, you can arrange work on different topics with your chosen institution from your twinning and partner cities. You can use Reutlingen exchanges for inspiration:
2019 – “Industrie im Fokus. Damals – Heute – Morgen”
Two young people from each of Reutlingen’s partner towns: Aarau in Switzerland, Bouaké at the Ivory Coast, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Ellesmere Port in England, Reading in the USA as well as Roanne in France and ten Einstein Gymnasium students had signed up for the project week in Reutlingen.
Events included: a city tour on “Industrial Development in Reutlingen”, a visit to the industrial magazine and a visit to Stoll company. At the Hochschule Reutlingen group learned about the textile production cycle, the project “IP Plane: Students Build an aeroplane” and intelligent robots.
For the reception in the town hall, the 16- to 17-year-olds had prepared a lot of questions to Mayor Kreher, who initially introduced them to the Reutlinger economic policy. , the young people from Ellesmere Port were especially interested in his opinion on “Brexit”, but also the urban support for retail competition against online shopping was on the questions list. The elimination of jobs through digitization and international customs disputes were further topics.
2017 – Seventh International Youth Project “Nutrition worldwide, healthy – delicious – full, together for a world without hunger”
13 Teenagers from Aarau, Bouaké, Dushanbe, Ellesmere Port, Reading, Roanne and Szolnok illuminate the various aspects of the world nutrition problem for a week to learn more about the biological production, the use of regional products, fair trade. The project week is a great motivation for all the participants. It provided important impulses, as each individual can contribute “for a world without hunger”, Participant learned a lot of new and interesting facts about food production and recycling. For example, the world shop and the Reutlinger Tafel and the Biolandhof Bleach are visited in Bad Urach.
2010 – “Globales Lernen konkret. Jugend bewegt”
On the one hand at the eleven young people from Reutlingen’s partner towns of Aarau, Bouaké, Dushanbe, Ellesmere Port, Reading and Szolnok, participated in youth project “Globales Lernen konkret. Jugend bewegt”, but on the other hand, they represented Aarau, Ellesmere Port and Szolnok at the International Authority Soccer Tournament. The focus was divided between the project theme and getting to know the differences and the similarities of cultures in different partner cities. Grillfest at Listshof provided lots of opportunity for intercultural exchange. Finally, young people have developed a brochure.
You can find articles on the project weeks from other years on the Reutlingen municipal web-page:
- Städtepartnerschaften Abteilung beim Kulturamt der Stadt Reutlingen
- Development Education Center Reutlingen (Epiz)
• Federal or State Funds
Level / Project Complexity /
- Ellesmere Port
Sizes of Participating Cities
• 100.000 - 500.000
• 500.000 - 1,5 Mio
- Ivory Coast