CRAILSHEIM, GERMANY SISTER CITY Founded in 1947, the sister-city relationship between Worthington and Crailsheim, Germany began as a post WWII relief effort. Crailsheim was chosen because it was close in size and structure to Worthington. Tons of clothing and donated items arrived in Crailsheim which was 70% bombed. Pen-pal relationships began and a student exchange program was initiated. The exchange students arrive in late July or early August and stay with four different families throughout the year. The sister-city relationship was given by President Eisenhower within the US State Department, which was the first in Germany. Many official visits and personal friendships have resulted from this relationship. It is believed to be one of the oldest and most viable relationships that has survived post WWII. Read more
Host families provide the student with room and board, and are expected to treat their student as a member of a family, not as a guest. U.S. Department of State also designate certain requirements of all host families. For example, host parents should be at least 25 years of age or older, pass a background check and have a stable and suitable household. Let us know if you are interested and we will help you determine if your family meets our program requirements!
Becoming an exchange student gives you more than knowledge about another country and its language and culture. A year abroad teaches you about building friendships, taking responsibility for yourself, respecting differences and tolerating the beliefs of others. Not only is it proven that taking part in an international exchange increases the students' chances of employability, but it also helps them gain skills for their future jobs. Employers value virtues such as adaptability, cultural awareness, tolerance and so-called “transversal skills”.
We offer a scholarship that covers the cost of the following expenses.•Travel to and from Crailsheim•Housing and meals•Vouchers•Local transit (bus pass, bicycle)•Movie theater•Restaurants•Monthly stipend•Educational courses•School field tripsPassport and personal items not included.
Symbol of Friendship
The Crailsheim & Worthington Sister City Relationship
A half bridge sculpture in both countries represents a connection of friendships between each country through the foreign exchange program. Axel Huss, who was an exchange student to Worthington in 1986-1987 originally commissioned the project in Crailsheim. Germany. In August 2014, Axel challenged the citizens of Worthington to construct the other half of the bridge. The value of this friendship is significant as a humanitarian effort in 1946 to help rebuild a war-devastated city. A pen-pal friendship developed between two eleven-year-old girls in each country which led to a request for shoes from Finland as the basic needs of many were not being met. The young girl wrote asking if she had an extra pair of shoes, as she had none, and that ignited the spark that sent her going door-to-door asking for shoe donations. Martha's parents then took the idea and ran with it, and Worthington was matched up with Crailsheim. In 1947 Worthington adopted Crailsheim, based on similarities in population, agriculture and location. Grateful of the actions of strangers, Crailsheim initiated an exchange program of individuals. This exchange started in 1948-49 and continues to this day and is known as the oldest city-to-city relationship in the United States. Read more