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The Josef Landherr and Hermann Thumm Foundation has been established, with generous assistance from Mr Hermann Thumm, to commemorate the dedication and achievements of Mr Josef Landherr, the founder of the German Language School in Adelaide.

The Foundation’s purpose is to assist the School for the German Language Inc. with financial aid and to facilitate an Australian-German student exchange program for students from the School.

Exchange Program

An exchange program involving host families and schools in Alzenau, Germany, has been operating since 2004. The exchange program follows the guidelines established by the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development.

The Adelaide students will stay in Germany for about 8 weeks during November/January of their Year 11 at the School. The German students will stay in Adelaide for approximately 10 weeks during June/August of their Year 10 or 11. Normally, the Adelaide students will travel to Germany first and then host an Alzenau student in the following year; however in some cases it may be preferable to reverse the order.

Students will be accommodated with a host family and will attend classes and other activities at the co-operating exchange school. The program is legally a family-to-family arrangement, with the host family being fully responsible for the exchanged students (i.e. “in loco parentis”).

The Foundation will purchase economy class airfares for the selected students from Adelaide to Germany and return. All other costs, including insurance and spending money, are the responsibility of the student’s parents. However, in exceptional circumstances, the Foundation may provide additional financial assistance to students who are economically disadvantaged. This will be at the sole discretion of the Foundation.

The Alzenau schools have more students eager to visit Australia than we are able to send to Germany. Thus, in some years, the Foundation may seek host families for a “one-way exchange”.

Host Families

The families of successful applicants who travel to Germany in November are expected to host their German exchange student, normally in the following year but sometimes earlier in the same year.
However, all families at the School are welcome to host a student from Germany, in a “one-way exchange”, which the Foundation will subsidise to the value of $1,000.
In order to comply with State legislation, host families will need to undergo a Police Check.

Student Eligibility

  1. Only students in Years 10 and 11 at the School for the German Language Inc are eligible to participate in the student exchange program.
  2. The students must have been continuously enrolled at the School for at least 2 years.
  3. If there are no applicants satisfying the above conditions then the Foundation may, at its sole discretion, broaden the eligibility criteria (e.g. students at other schools that teach German).


In the 2nd or 3rd week of first term, eligible students and parents will be invited to present an expression of interest to participate in the exchange.

Interested students and parents will be provided with details of:

  • the co-operating exchange school(s) in Germany

  • host family requirements and responsibilities

  • responsibilities of visiting exchange student

  • travel requirements (passport, health information etc)

(a) Normal Order (travel to Germany in November then host in following year)

Formal applications will be invited later in the first term and the successful applicant(s) will be advised by the end of second term.

(b) Reverse Order (host in July/August then travel to Germany in November of same year)
Formal applications (for the following year) will be invited in third term and the successful applicant(s) will be advised before the end of the year.

Selection Criteria

The Foundation’s criteria for selection will include a student’s:

  • written application

  • school work performance and standards

  • teacher’s and principal’s recommendation

The Foundation may also take into account a student’s ability to benefit from the student exchange.

Dates for 2015 / 2016 Exchanges

Applications Close

Results Advised

Travel to Germany

Exchange Partner from Germany

Travel to Germany

Normal Order

24 Jul

14 Aug 2015

Nov 2015


Reverse Order

29 Nov 2015

13 Feb 2016


Nov 2016


2 thoughts on “Overview

  1. Hi my name is Jo,
    I have been a student at the German Ethnic School since reception and have heard about the exchange program and am very keen to participate in it. I am interested in the reverse exchange program for 2016. I have read that the application closed in November. Would I still be able to apply for the 2016 exchange?
    Kind regards, Jo Roberts.

    • Dear Jo,

      Thanks for your enquiry about the exchange program. I believe it was your mother who spoke to me at the school’s Xmas function last Saturday.

      I think in your case we can extend the deadline for applications by a month.

      We are having a committee meeting this Thursday 10th, so if you could send me at least the first page of your application that would be helpful.

      Stefan Landherr
      The Josef Landherr and Hermann Thumm Foundation Inc

      Tel: 0419 030 536
      email: slan@internode.on.net

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